Remembering Patsy Cline & Jim Reeves

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Remembering Patsy Cline & Jim Reeves
Compilation album by Patsy Cline & Jim Reeves
Released 1982
Genre Country
Length 27:15
Label MCA
Producer Chet Atkins, Owen Bradley, Bob Ferguson
Patsy Cline chronology
Greatest Hits of Jim Reeves & Patsy Cline
Remembering Patsy Cline & Jim Reeves
Today, Tomorrow, and Forever
Jim Reeves chronology
Greatest Hits of Jim Reeves & Patsy Cline
Remembering Patsy Cline & Jim Reeves
The Jim Reeves Medley
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 3/5 stars[1]

Remembering Patsy Cline & Jim Reeves is a tribute album released in 1982 remembering the music of country stars Patsy Cline and Jim Reeves who were both killed in plane crashes in the early 1960s. It was released by MCA Records.


The album contains popular hit singles by both artists on each side of the album. However the first Jim Reeves track, I Fall to Pieces was overdubbed with Patsy Cline's version to form a duet. This was possible only because in Nashville's early 60's music scene when both hits were recorded, both Chet Atkins at RCA and Owen Bradley at Decca had access to then-brand-new 3-track mastering recorders. In this format, the orchestra was recorded on one, the backup singers on two, and the lead vocal on three, all intended for mixdown to mono in the end.

Owen Bradley had been approached by Jim Reeves widow, Mary Reeves Davis, with the idea of creating Jim Reeves and Patsy Cline duets. With the approval of the Cline estate, as well as both RCA Records and MCA Records, work on the project began. In early 1981, Owen simply played the original 3-track tapes and recorded both Patsy's and Jim's isolated vocals onto a 24-track tape. As the two performances were recorded a semitone apart in key, subsequently, at Music City Music Hall in Nashville (the former RCA Studio A), engineers matched the keys for the two vocals, edited it all down and recorded the final onto still another 24-track tape onto which they added new orchestration, new backing tracks and remixed for stereo. Another album Greatest Hits, Patsy Cline and Jim Reeves RCA used the same format, in reverse.

As the original Decca label with which Cline had been affiliated had since been merged with MCA, six Patsy Cline songs and five Jim Reeves songs are featured on that album, plus the duet, and as Jim Reeves had been affiliated with RCA, we have the reverse condition of six Jim hits and five Patsy hits on that album plus another duet Have You Ever Been Lonely? produced during the same sessions as the duet forI Fall to Pieces.

The songs were both released as a single from the albums in question and charted at #54 and #11 respectively in 1982. Each was the only song overdubbed on its respective album.

The tracks recorded by Cline (including the duet) were produced by Decca/MCA's Owen Bradley, Cline's original record producer. Reeves' recordings were produced by RCA's Chet Atkins and Bob Ferguson on Side One of the album, while the recordings on Side Two were produced by Chet alone. The album was digitally remastered and issued on CD in 1988.[2]

In 1997 the album was certified Gold by the RIAA for a shipment of over 500,000 copies in the United States.[3]

Track listing[edit]

Side 1:

  1. "I Fall to Pieces" (duet) — (Hank Cochran, Harlan Howard) 2:48
    • Patsy Cline & Jim Reeves
  2. "So Wrong" — (Danny Dill, Carl Perkins, Mel Tillis) 3:00
    • Patsy Cline
  3. "Misty Moonlight" — (Cindy Walker) 2:01
    • Jim Reeves
  4. "Back in Baby's Arms" — (Bobby Montgomery) 2:06
    • Patsy Cline
  5. "Missing You" — (Dale Noe, Red Sovine) 2:39
    • Jim Reeves

Side 2:

  1. "Walkin' After Midnight" — (Alan Block, Don Hecht) 1:57
    • Patsy Cline
  2. "The Blizzard" — (Harlan Howard) 3:25
    • Jim Reeves
  3. "Why Can't He Be You" — (Hank Cochran) 3:30
    • Patsy Cline
  4. "Distant Drums" — (Cindy Walker) 2:55
    • Jim Reeves
  5. "Leavin' on Your Mind" — (Webb Pierce, Wayne Walker) 2:27
    • Patsy Cline


Background vocals[edit]

Chart positions[edit]

AlbumBillboard (North America)

Year Chart Position
1982 Country Albums N/A
Pop Albums N/A

Singles - Billboard (North America)

Year Single Chart Position
1982 "I Fall to Pieces" Country Singles 54
Canadian Country RPM singles 41