Patsy Cline Museum


– [Rob Wilds] Cheryl Desere’e
grew up in California and the winding
road of life led her to Nashville where
she’s a songwriter and singer of traditional
country music. She wound up here in
part because of a record her grandmother had. Desere’e fell in love
with Patsy Cline’s voice. – [Cheryl Desere’e] No one
sounds like Patsy Cline. – But if you’re going
to sing in Nashville, probably need a Patsy
song in your set list. (“Sweet Dreams” by Patsy Cline) ♪ Sweet ♪ ♪ Dreams of you ♪ ♪ Every night ♪ ♪ I go through ♪ ♪ Why can’t I forget the past ♪ ♪ Start loving someone new ♪ ♪ Instead of having
sweet dreams ♪ ♪ About you ♪ Untold thousands of singers and wannabe singers like Cheryl are influenced by Patsy
Cline and she’s got millions of fans,
even though her career tragically ended more
than half a century ago. But fortunately there’s a place for all those fans and singers to see Patsy Cline as she was. – There’s just something
about her voice. It’s just so much more different than everything that’s out
there, especially today. Not to knock anybody
that’s out there today, but it’s just there’s something about her voice
that’s just classic, and it’s timeless. – [Rob] Mario Munoz
is the General Manager of the Patsy Cline
Museum where visitors can get a glimpse
of the everyday life of someone who became an icon. – [Mario] Patsy’s stage
costumes are here, many of which were
made by her mother. The actual sewing
machine that was used on those costumes is
here also in the museum. Rhinestones and fringe on
some of the early costumes, people seem to like. There’s some
handwritten letters here that are worth checking out. Patsy answered her own fan mail, so there’s several
women throughout, and then, I guess,
throughout the country that she corresponded with. Aside from the letters,
I think some of the handwritten lyrics
that are here, because Patsy could
not read sheet music, and she did not know
what key she sang in, so she would write down
the lyrics to learn the songs to what she would
be doing in the studio, and she has the little
notations on some of them. – [Rob] Along with some
of the things Patsy Cline loved, you may be
lucky enough to run into people she really loved, like these visitors
from France did. They got a personal encounter with Patsy’s
daughter, Julie Fudge. When her mama’s
life was tragically cut short in a plane crash,
Julie was four years old. But she has her memories. – Having been in that
position and then having people talk
to you about her for the next 50-something years is a blessing that a
lot of people don’t get. Really keeps her alive. – [Rob] The things in the museum are part of Julie’s life
in a middle class family with a mom who would
achieve super stardom after her death. Things like a salt and
pepper shaker collection. – [Julie] She was
traveling and these were little souvenirs,
and some of them have little price tags or little
markings on the bottom. They usually cost
less than a dollar for the set, and this
was a way to collect something and have
something from her tours and from her travels. – [Rob] Or a
refrigerator, a Norge, running constantly
since it was bought back in 1957. – It had to be running
to come into the museum, because if it’s run that
long I’m not going to mess with it now. These are just normal
things that were in my house my entire life, the
chairs, the things hanging on the wall, the TV. They were all just a
part of the furniture in my house as I grew up. Eventually dad would
get something different and we would put this
away because now it’s a part of, almost like
a part of history now. – [Rob] History and a notion
of what might have been, like this exhibit
of stage costumes designed, drawn by Patsy
shortly before her death. The dresses weren’t
made until the owners of the museum had them
made 50 years later. – [Julie] It’s really nice to
know that it’s come to life. That something she had in mind
did come to life afterwards. – [Rob] So many
personal things here. It’s almost like Patsy is here, for instance, take this jukebox, got to have a jukebox
since Patsy Cline had the most popular
jukebox song of all time. (“Crazy” by Patsy Cline) ♪ I’m crazy for
feeling so lonely ♪ – That’s the one. Something a little crazy
happened with this jukebox. – [Julie] Then when
they put the jukebox in, they were thinking they
had to make a place on it for Crazy, so they
took the little tab out and they went off to
make the little tab. In the meantime,
they put up the mural of her standing by a jukebox. When they came back and
put the tab back in, it’s the exact point
that she’s pointing at. It had nothing to
do with each other. It wasn’t planned. (“San Antonio Rose”
by Patsy Cline) ♪ Deep within my heart ♪ – [Rob] Not planned, but
destined to happen, maybe. Like Patsy’s short
but powerful career still entertaining,
moving, inspiring millions like Cheryl
Desere’e who doesn’t really fully understand it. – I don’t think there
was ever anyone before or since that was able
to capture the hearts the way Patsy did. It was just a timeless thing. ♪ That only he would know ♪ ♪ Still hears my
broken song of love ♪

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