Love Always, Patsy: Patsy Clines Letters to a Friend by Mike Freeman Patsy Cline Letters Patsy Clines epistolary voice is as warm and direct as the rich alto that throbs through I Fall to Pieces and Crazy. He told me if I was gonna sing, I wasnt going to live with him, she writes of her soon-to-be-ex-husband, so Im back home. Second husband Charlie Dick gets better press: he is my life, my world, just my everything. But shes not exactly starry -eyed about the joys of childbirth: those labor hours are living hell ... I was a screaming mess. These letters, written between 1955 and 1959 to a Tennessee teenager who became president of her fan club, chronicle the years of Clines rise to stardom. Walkin After Midnight was her first big hit, in 1957, but the correspondence ends before songs like Sweet Dreams put this country girl on the pop charts. Editors Hazen and Freeman (who own the letters) are the kind of memorabilia collectors who tell you on the book jacket that they currently live in the house Elvis owned before he bought Graceland, which makes them the perfect people to annotate Clines casual references to contemporary variety shows and artists with interesting and often obscure information about record companies, television programs, and other pop culture tidbits. --Wendy Smith Personal Review: Love Always, Patsy: Patsy Clines Letters to a Friend by Mike Freeman My title is part of the inscription her husband Charlie had placed on Patsy's grave marker.Time has shown that truer words have never been said. All the letters in this book were written to Treva Steinbicker who started and operated her fan club.They corresponded very frequently from the time that Patsy started in the business in 1955 when she was was only 23.The letters continued till 1959.There may have been more and Treva probably continued until she was killed in a car accident in 1960;but no letters were found during that period. Patsy met her untimely death in a plane crash on March 5,1963. More than anything else,these letters show what a huge struggle and sacrifice to health,family and security the artists of the 50's went through in establishing a career.The number of Country Artists ,who made a living,were only a few dozen,and it took many years to make it.However,the music they made came from the heart and soul and was so good because they really lived it.Today new superstars appear like autumn leaves,and in my opinion most of it is "studio" music and that which the Industry promotes.It is hihhly that the stoff promoted today will be en during like that which we got from the artists of Patsy's time. Try as they may,to replace Country Music with Pop,Rhinestone Cowboy stuff,Country Rock,New Country,Line Dance music,the music of the Legends like Patsy,Hank Williams,Web Pierce,Johnny Horton,Roy Acuff,Ernest Tubb,Loretta Lynn,and other artists of the 50's and 60's,the real Country music survives because of the simplr fact that Country Music is the music of the people,by the people and for the people---Not the music establishment and studios. The thing that surprisedme the most is how little these artists were compensated These letters show that during the time Patsy made her greatest hits,she virtually lived in poverty.Just imagine how moch people who couldn't write a simple ditty or even carry a tune,made off Patsy. For More 5 Star Customer Reviews and Lowest Price: Love Always, Patsy: Patsy Clines Letters to a Friend by Mike Freeman 5 Star Customer Reviews and Lowest Price!