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Christmas Was Sadly Just Out Of Reach

Patsy Cline's talent meant that she is feted far beyond the country music circuit in which she made her name. Some achievement given that she died aged just 30 in a plane crash way back in 1963. Such was her legacy that she was posthumously inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame in 1973 making her the first solo female artist to do so. Sadly with such a short career Cline never did record an official Christmas song but there are indications that she would have done so had she not died so young. In 1960 Patsy asked her regular songwriting team of Lawton Jiles and Buster Beam to pen her a Christmas song which resulted in 'Christmas Without You'. Both Patsy and her label loved it but at the label's insistence the song had its lyrics changed to a non-festive theme and it was released as 'How Can I Face Tomorrow?' This faithful decision meant that Patsy never got to record a classic Christmas tune and while a version of the song did appear on a 2010 EP by Luanne Hunt (who managed to give it plenty of Clinesque chutzpah) called 'How Christmas Feels To Me' it came as only a slight consolation.

Thankfully there is a glint of fairylight in the fact that Patsy can be seen and heard giving it Christmas socks on a performance she gave on a TV programme called Ozark Jubilee in 1960. Ozark Jubilee ran weekly and featured many of the cream of country music from the time. With Ferlin Husky (a country singer who has also been inducted on the Country Music Hall of Fame) lending a helping hand Patsy Cline is immortalised on an old time version of 'Let It Snow! Let It Snow! Let It Snow!' Although the pair only sang for just over 90 seconds they managed to breathe new life into Sammy Cahn and Jule Styne’s composition especially as they slow it down before picking up the tempo again against a backdrop of piano, upright bass and a flurry of fake snow outside.

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