Wednesday, February 14, 1973

Patsy Cline 12 Greatest Hits released

12 Greatest Hits

Patsy Cline

Released: February 14, 1973

Recorded: 1957 to 1963

Peak: -- US, 17 CW

Sales (in millions): 10.0 US, -- UK, 10.9 world (includes US and UK)

Genre: country


Song Title (date of single release, chart peaks) Click for codes to charts.

  1. Walkin’ after Midnight (2/23/57, 12 US, 2 CW, airplay: 1 million)
  2. Sweet Dreams of You (4/20/63, 44 US, 5 CW, 15 AC, airplay: 2 million)
  3. Crazy (10/23/61, 9 US, 14 UK, 2 CW, 2 AC, airplay: 2 million)
  4. I Fall to Pieces (4/3/61, 12 US, 1 CW, 6 AC, airplay: 2 million)
  5. So Wrong (8/25/62, 85 US, 14 CW)
  6. Strange (1/27/62, 97 US)
  7. Back in Baby’s Arms
  8. She’s Got You (1/27/62, 14 US, 43 UK, 1 CW, 3 AC, airplay: 1 million)
  9. Faded Love (8/31/63, 96 US, 7 CW)
  10. Why Can’t He Be You
  11. You’re Stronger Than Me
  12. Leavin’ on Your Mind (1/26/63, 83 US, 8 CW)


4.608 out of 5.00 (average of 21 ratings)


“The perfect introduction to one of the greatest singers in country music history” – Stephen Thomas Erlewine, All Music Guide


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About the Album:

Patsy Cline was born Virginia Patterson Hensley in 1932 in Virginia. After she got married in 1957 and gave birth the next year, she moved to Nashville. She became a member of the Grand Ole Opry and signed with Decca Records in 1960. With producer Owen Bradley, she found major success on the country charts with hits like I Fall to Pieces, Crazy, and She’s Got You.

In March 1963, she was on a flight from Kansas City, Kansas, back to Nashville. It crashed and she was killed. She was only 30 years old. Despite her short career, she has been celebrated as one of country music’s most important performers. Ten years after her death, she became the first female performer inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame.

In 1967, Decca released a greatest hits collection with twelve songs. In addition to the nine featured chart hits, there are “lesser-known gems like Why Can’t He Be You, which are as good as the big hits.” AMG Overall, the set “may be brief, but it contains abosolutely no filler and leaves no gaps, making it the perfect introduction to one of the greatest singers in country music history.” AMG

It reached #17 on the country charts. MCA Records reissued the album after Cline was inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame. It was reissued again in the CD era in 1988 and became the first album by a female country artist to go double platinum. By 2005, the album was certified for diamond, or ten-times platinum. Despite the massive sales, the album has never charted on the Billboard album chart.

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First posted 5/30/2008; last updated 3/20/2024.

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