Rock and Roll Heaven: Patsy Cline Had Sweet Dreams

Patsy Cline was a country artist who was early to crossover to the Top 40. Her voice was so powerful and distinctive, and the Tear In My Beer songs she sang so well resonated with folks from all backgrounds. John Hale discusses. --TDR

Country singer and songwriter Don Gibson wrote and recorded the popular ballad Sweet Dreams in the mid-fifties. His first recording of his popular song climbed into the top 10 of the Billboard country music charts and competed with Faron Young's version to become a top ten hit. Gibson rerecorded "Sweet Dreams" in 1960. However, the most popular version of Gibson's song came out in 1963, by the legendary Patsy Cline.

Cline's version of Sweet Dreams was recorded shortly before she was killed in an airplane crash as she was returning to Nashville. It had been intended to be included on a Patsy Cline album that was never released after the fatal plane crash. The Patsy Cline version of Sweet Dreams climbed to number five on the Billboard Country chart, and also crossed over to the adult contemporary and Billboard Hot 100 charts. A movie documenting Patsy Cline's life was released in 1988, starring Jessica Lange as Cline, and the movie was named Sweet Dreams after the hit song.

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