Country legend Patsy Cline’s musical influence continues its ride almost 40 years after her death. As previously reported, a tribute album featuring such artists Norah Jones and Diana Krall is in the works, and a remastered version of Cline’s 1967 “Greatest Hits” album plus a network television special are in the pipeline.
Of note is that the tribute, “Remembering Patsy Cline,” and the “Greatest Hits” remastered album both feature the same songs in the same order, according to MCA Nashville executive VP Mark Wright.
Additionally, the first track on the tribute is a slight remix of Cline’s 1961 version of “Walking After Midnight.” Her vocal was mixed in with a new blues/rock backing track — a use that was approved by Cline’s husband, Charlie Dick. MCA Nashville chairman Bruce Hinton and Wright produced the album.
The tribute also features Martina McBride with Take 5, Natalie Cole, Jessi Alexander, Michelle Branch, Amy Grant, Lee Ann Womack, Patty Griffin, Rebecca Lynn Howard, and k.d. lang. “All of the artists on (the tribute) are passionate about Patsy Cline,” Wright said. “You can tell when an artist is really involved with the music.”
The albums are likely to hit stores this year, but because talks of a network TV special are under way, the release date is on hold. Numerous ideas for the special are being bandied about, including a show that highlights performances by the tribute artists under a biographical backdrop.
Cline died March 5, 1963, in a plane crash. She would have turned 70 on Sept. 8.