Patsy Cline (album)

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Patsy Cline
Patsy Cline-Debut Album.jpg
Studio album by
ReleasedAugust 5, 1957
RecordedJanuary 5, 1956 — May 23, 1957
LabelDecca (1957)
MCA (reissued: 1988)
ProducerOwen Bradley
Patsy Cline chronology
Patsy Cline
Patsy Cline Showcase
Singles from Patsy Cline
  1. "Walkin' After Midnight"
  2. "Three Cigarettes"
  3. "I Don't Wanta"
Professional ratings
Review scores
Allmusic4/5 stars[1]

Patsy Cline is a studio album by American country music singer, Patsy Cline, released on August 5, 1957. This was the debut album by Cline and would be one of three studio albums Cline would record during her lifetime.


Cline's debut album produced two singles. Her first single "Walkin' After Midnight," was released in 1957 and became both a Top 20 pop smash and a classic.[2] However, she could not follow up the success of "Walkin' After Midnight"; and the second single from the album, "I Don't Wanta," failed to chart. Cline would not have another major hit or studio album until 1961. Her flip side of "Walkin' After Midnight," "A Poor Man's Roses," was not featured on the album.

Although Cline recorded for the Four Star label, the album was released on Decca Records, the future recording company of Cline from late 1960 to her death in 1963, where she would issue two studio albums. The album was later digitally remastered for a release as a [CD/LP/Cassette] on MCA Records (which took over Decca in 1973) in 1988, using the original album cover.


Recording began as early as January 1956 and ended as late as May 23, 1957. Because the album was released on Decca, it was produced by Owen Bradley, who would later produce all of Cline's sessions between 1960 and 1963. Background vocals were done by the Nashville background vocal group, The Anita Kerr Singers, who also backed a number of popular country music artists in the 1950s and 60s.

Individual tracks[edit]

Cline recorded 12 songs for the album, a mix of honky tonk, rockabilly, and country pop. Many music critics have called the tracks very different from the other material she recorded for her later albums. One of the songs, "Don't Ever Leave Me Again," was co-written by Cline with James Crawford and Lillian Claiborne. She used her real name, Virginia Hensley, in the songwriting credits.

Appearances in other media[edit]

The song "Three Cigarettes (In an Ashtray)" appears in the Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas video game soundtrack, on the fictitious radio station K-Rose.

Track listings[edit]

1957 original LP version[edit]

Side 1
  1. "That Wonderful Someone" (Gertrude Burg) – 2:26
  2. "In Care of the Blues" (Eddie Miller, W.S. Stevenson) – 2:33
  3. "Hungry For Love" (Eddie Miller, W.S. Stevenson) – 2:25
  4. "Too Many Secrets" (Bobby Lile) – 2:14
  5. "Don't Ever Leave Me Again" (Lillian Claiborne, James Crawford) – 2:25
  6. "Ain't No Wheels on This Ship" (Wayland Chandler, W.S. Stevenson) – 1:53
Side 2
  1. "I Can't Forget" (Carl Belew, W.S. Stevenson) – 2:25
  2. "I Don't Wanta" (Durwood Haddock, Eddie Miller, W.S. Stevenson) – 2:17
  3. "Three Cigarettes In An Ashtray" (Eddie Miller, W.S. Stevenson) – 2:11
  4. "Walkin' After Midnight" (Donn Hecht, Alan Block) – 2:33
  5. "Fingerprints" (Woodie O. Fleener, Donn Hecht, W.S. Stevenson) – 2:43
  6. "Then You'll Know" (Bobby Lile) – 3:12

1988 CD version[edit]

  1. "That Wonderful Someone" – 2:27
  2. "In Care of the Blues"
  3. "Hungry Love" – 2:27
  4. "Too Many Secrets" – 2:14
  5. "Don't Ever Leave Me Again" – 2:26
  6. "Ain't No Wheels In this Ship (We Can't Roll)" – 1:55
  7. "I Can't Forget You" – 2:25
  8. "I Don't Wanta" – 2:20
  9. "Three Cigarettes In An Ashtray" – 2:12
  10. "Walkin' After Midnight" – 2:33
  11. "Fingerprints" – 2:44
  12. "Then You'll Know" – 3:12


SinglesBillboard (North America)

Year Single Chart Position
1957 "Walkin' After Midnight" Country Singles 2
Pop Singles 12