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Walking After Midnight

This refers to a popular song by famous country singer Patsy Cline, who remains as one of the important figures in country music history. She got her first chance at stardom by winning an appearance on Arthur Godfrey’s Talent Scouts on January 21, 1957. She amazed everyone with her incredible voice that was just right for country music singing. It was a great tragedy when her career ended so abruptly. In March 1963 she lost her life in an airplane crash traveling from Kansas City, Kansas to Nashville, Tennessee. She was only 30 years old leaving behind her family and many memorable recordings for future generations and fans of country music to enjoy.

 Arthur Godfrey was a major figure in American radio and TV in the 1940s and 1950s. His popular program Arthur Godfrey’s Talent Scouts was a program that featured amateur entertainers giving them a chance at national TV debuts. Among the many future stars whose careers were launched this way are Pat Boone and Tony Bennett. I must mention that Godfrey let a very talented young man slip through his fingers. Elvis Presley failed to get a spot on the show in 1955 but usually, the very talented ones didn’t escape the show’s notice.

 Patsy Cline appeared on the show and got the audience’s immediate notice when she sang her now-classic song “Walkin’ After Midnight”. The song rose up on the country music charts to number 2 and even made it to number 12 on the pop charts. Her other greatest hits came about when she signed a recording contract with Decca Records. Her two well-known and number one hits are “I Fall to Pieces” and “She’s Got You”. However, she is best remembered by a song written by Willie Nelson “Crazy”.

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