November 17, 1960

On this day in 1960, Patsy Cline recorded “I Fall To Pieces”.

Written by Hank Cochran and Harlan Howard, recording had started the evening prior at Decca Records Nashville. Cline was having different feelings about the pop sound and the background singers, but once the session began, everyone was happy with the sound and eventual result.

Composer Howard spoke of the recording:

On the night of the session, we absolutely did NOT want to do the standard 4:4 shuffle that had by then been done to death. We were trying all kinds of other (basic rhythm) combinations, but they all just laid there and bled all over the floor. So, it had to be the shuffle then, like it or not. But the amazing thing was, once Patsy got into the groove, she just caressed those lyrics and that melody so tenderly that it was just like satin. We knew we had magic in the can when, on the fourth take, every grown man in that studio was bawling like a baby and Bradley said `That’s the one’.


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