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Patsy Cline

[klahyn]
orig. Virginia Patterson Hensley

(born Sept. 8, 1932, Winchester, Va., U.S.—died March 5, 1963, near Camden, Tenn.) U.S. singer. Cline sang with country music groups as a teenager. She began recording in the mid-1950s and won first place on Arthur Godfrey's television show with “Walking After Midnight” (1957), a hit that made her the first female country singer to cross over into pop music. In 1960 she joined the Grand Ole Opry. After recovering from injuries sustained in a car crash, she returned in 1962 with hits such as “I Fall to Pieces” and “Crazy.” She was killed in an airplane crash.

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orig. Virginia Patterson Hensley

(born Sept. 8, 1932, Winchester, Va., U.S.—died March 5, 1963, near Camden, Tenn.) U.S. singer. Cline sang with country music groups as a teenager. She began recording in the mid-1950s and won first place on Arthur Godfrey's television show with “Walking After Midnight” (1957), a hit that made her the first female country singer to cross over into pop music. In 1960 she joined the Grand Ole Opry. After recovering from injuries sustained in a car crash, she returned in 1962 with hits such as “I Fall to Pieces” and “Crazy.” She was killed in an airplane crash.

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Cline can refer to:

  • Term meaning "gradual change" (from the Greek [klīnein], "to lean")
    • Cline (population genetics), a gradual change of a character or feature (phenotype) in a species over a geographical area.
    • "Cultural cline" is a gradual change of a cultural characteristic or feature over a geographical area.
    • Thermocline, a layer within a body of water or air where the temperature changes with depth.
    • cline (linguistics) where the term cline refers to a list of words dealing with the same concept, arranged in order of intensity. For example a list could be made with words like "freezing", "cold", "cool", "tepid", "warm", "hot", and "scorching".
  • Antonov An-32, NATO reporting name of Cline

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Of various etymology, primarily from German Klein, "small, insignificant".

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