November 16, 1960

Nov16On this day in 1960, Patsy Cline entered Decca Records in Nashville to record ‘I Fall to Pieces’.

The song was written by Hank Cochran and Harlan Howard, and produced by Owen Bradley.

Bradley was in the midst of trying to find the right singer for the song after Brenda Lee and others had turned it down. Cline was in the hallway at Decca Records when she overheard an argument between country singer Roy Drusky and Bradley over Drusky’s dislike of the song; Cline entered and offered to lend her vocals.

The recording session was all but fun. Cline was afraid to try the pop way of singing the single and was not impressed with the backup singers in attendance. The men dealt with issues over timing, trying to do anything but the standard 4:4 shuffle, but ultimately found no way around it.

‘I Fall to Pieces’ made in to No.1 on the U.S. Billboard Hot C&W Sides in 1961.

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