4 Star Sessions (1954-1960)
by G.E. Hewitt

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Introduction

On 30 September 1954, Patsy Cline signed her first recording contract with an independent label called 4 Star Records. A leasing and distribution deal was negotiated with Decca, and Patsy would mostly record in Nashville.

The session logs for dates before 1959 are unavailable, and personnel is unconfirmed. Some information is taken from interviews conducted by Don Roy with musicians Harold Bradley, Ray Edenton, Buddy Harman and Don Helms. Kittra Moore offered details from Bob Moore's notebook, and historian Bill Cox has provided valuable assistance. Nashville (NA) master numbers are listed beside performance titles, when applicable. Decca assigned New York matrix numbers to Patsy's masters; these are included in the notes of each session. When available, take numbers follow master numbers; for example, NA 9342-4 denotes the fourth take of "Stop, Look and Listen".

The 4 Star period includes a total of 18 recording sessions that produced 51 masters, 8 alternates, 16 singles, two extended-plays (EP) and one long-play (LP) album. Singles are indexed with "A Side / B Side" titles. The programming for EPs, LPs and other configurations is found on the Releases menu, categorized by format. Click the disclosure arrows to reveal a longer list of issues for some performances.


Date: November 1954
Location: Pythian Temple, 135 West 70th Street, New York
Label: Decca
Demo Session

Paul Cohen (pdr), Richard Lisell (dir), Patsy Cline (v), Bill Peer's Melody Boys (acc)

a. lost Turn The Cards Slowly(Sammy Masters)
b. lost Three Cigarettes In An Ashtray(Eddie Miller, W.S. Stevenson)
c. lost This Old House(Stuart Hamblen)
d. lost Always(Irving Berlin)
All titles unissued.

Paul Cohen (pdr) on a-c; Richard Lisell (dir) on a-c; Patsy Cline (v) on a-c; Bill Peer's Melody Boys (acc) on a-c.


Notes

1. The Decca Audition
Decca executive Paul Cohen scheduled this session to audition Patsy's talent in New York. Cohen saw promise in Patsy and unsuccessfully attempted to buy her contract. In the spirit of compromise, a licensing arrangement was negotiated with 4 Star Records, and Cline's recordings were leased to Decca until 1960. Biographers claim the session tapes for this date are lost.

2. Richard Lisell
While in New York, Patsy was introduced to Richard Lisell, manager of Teresa Brewer. Biographers reveal that Lisell attended the session and reportedly demanded 27 takes of "This Old House". The immediate involvement in Cline's affairs suggests that Lisell was interested in exploiting her talent. Patsy caught wind of the situation and declined the opportunity because it was not extended to the band that accompanied her.

3. "Crazy Arms" or "Always"
Two biographers report different titles for the last performance of this session. Both writers agree that four songs were produced and confirm the first three performances. Patsy's familiarity with "Crazy Arms" was presumably the Ray Price hit, although Price did not record the tune until March 1956. Depending upon the year of publication, the possibility of Patsy recording a demo is plausible. However, since the publishing date for "Crazy Arms" cannot be determined, "Always" is the fourth performance listed and should be deemed tentative.


Date: June 1, 1955
Location: Bradley Studios, 804 16th Avenue South, Nashville TN.
Label: 4 Star Records

Paul Cohen (pdr), Patsy Cline (v), Harold Bradley (acg), Grady Martin (eg, fdl), Bobby Garrett (stg), Tommy Jackson (fdl), Owen Bradley (p), Bob Moore (b), Farris Coursey (d)

a. 88219 Hidin' Out - 2:30(Eddie Miller, W.S. Stevenson)
Coral 78/4561523 — Hidin' Out / Turn The Cards Slowly   (1955)
Everest LP1217 — In Memoriam   (1963)
Metro LP540 — Gotta Lot Of Rhythm In My Soul   (1965)
b. 88220 Turn The Cards Slowly - 2:11(Sammy Masters)
Coral 78/4561523 — Hidin' Out / Turn The Cards Slowly   (1955)
Everest LP1217 — In Memoriam   (1963)
Metro LP540 — Gotta Lot Of Rhythm In My Soul   (1965)
c. 88221-3 A Church, A Courtroom And Then Goodbye - 3:05(Eddie Miller, W.S. Stevenson)
Coral 78/4561464 — A Church, A Courtroom And Then Goodbye / Honky Tonk Merry Go Round   (1955)
Decca LP74359 — All-Time Country & Western, Vol. 4   (1963)
Longines Symphonette LP93488 — Stop The World   (1967)
d. 88222-5 Honky Tonk Merry Go Round - 2:22(Frank Simon, Stan Gardner)
Coral 78/4561464 — A Church, A Courtroom And Then Goodbye / Honky Tonk Merry Go Round   (1955)
Everest LP1217 — In Memoriam   (1963)
Metro LP540 — Gotta Lot Of Rhythm In My Soul   (1965)
All titles on: Coral EP81159 — Songs By Patsy Cline   (1955)
Sundown CD3001 — Crazy Dreams: The 4 Star Years   (1993)
Golden Stars CD5290 — Crazy   (2000)
Weton-Wesgram CD3146 — Patsy Cline   (2000)
Bescol CD102-4 — Her Original 4 Star Hits   (2005)
Classics CD5550 — The Chronological Classics: Patsy Cline 1955-1957   (2009)

Grady Martin (eg) on b-c, (fdl) on a, d.


Session Producer

Owen Bradley was under contract to produce Decca records at his studio because the label did not have its own facility in Nashville. Paul Cohen served as head of Decca's country music division until his departure from the label in early 1958. Bradley assumed the role of producer when he was named Cohen's replacement that same year.


Date: January 5, 1956 [19:00-22:00]
Location: Bradley Studios, 804 16th Avenue South, Nashville TN.
Label: 4 Star Records

Paul Cohen (pdr), Patsy Cline (v), Unknown (bkv), Harold Bradley (acg), Grady Martin (eg), Bobby Garrett (stg), Tommy Jackson (fdl), Owen Bradley (p), Bob Moore (b), Farris Coursey (d)

a. 89149 I Love You, Honey - 2:18(Eddie Miller)
Coral 78/4561583 — I Love You, Honey / Come On In   (1956)
Everest LP1204 — Encores   (1963)
Everest Jukebox EP19-1204 — Encores   (1963)
b. 89150 Come On In (And Make Yourself At Home) - 2:06(Virgil F. Stewart)
Coral 78/4561583 — I Love You, Honey / Come On In   (1956)
Arc International LP801 — Western Jamboree: Patsy Cline And Friends   (1962)
Longines Symphonette LP93489 — The Heart You Break   (1967)
c. 89151 I Cried All The Way To The Altar - 2:27(Bobby Flournoy)
Everest LP1217 — In Memoriam   (1963)
Hilltop LP6039 — Stop The World And Let Me Off   (1966)
Allegro LP862 — Patsy Cline   (1967)
d. 89152 I Don't Wanta - 2:24(Eddie Miller, W.S. Stevenson, Durwood Haddock)
LaserLight CD15407 — Great American Legends Vol. 1: Walkin' After Midnight   (1991)
MCA Box Set4-10421 — The Patsy Cline Collection   (1991)
LaserLight CD15407 — Walkin' After Midnight   (1993)
All titles on: Classics CD5550 — The Chronological Classics: Patsy Cline 1955-1957   (2009)

Unknown (bkv) on b.


Notes

1. NA Numbers
Nashville master numbers were assigned at this session but are missing from the Decca master list.

2. Everest Edit
Product issued on this label features a version of "I Love You, Honey" without the fiddle solos heard on the official master. For reasons unknown, Everest spliced a guitar solo from the instrumental break onto the introduction, giving the recording a less pronounced country sound.

3. "Come On In"
Chorus personnel are unknown because the 4 Star log sheets are deemed lost. Patsy re-recorded this tune in a Dixieland style with brass (see February 13, 1958). Both interpretations were issued as singles.

4. "I Cried All The Way To The Altar"
Unissued during Cline's lifetime, this recording became prolific after its posthumous release. Often appearing on budget issues, this condition may explain its exclusion from The Patsy Cline Collection.

5. "I Don't Wanta"
This performance was presumed lost until 1991 when a misplaced safety copy was located at the MCA vaults in time for the release of The Patsy Cline Collection. Patsy re-recorded the song in a rockabilly style for her first album (see May 23, 1957). Perhaps the 1956 recording was considered a demo not intended for commercial release.


Date: April 22, 1956 [19:00-22:00]
Location: Bradley Studios, 804 16th Avenue South, Nashville TN.
Label: 4 Star Records

Paul Cohen (pdr), Patsy Cline (v), Harold Bradley (acg), Grady Martin (eg), Bobby Garrett (stg), Tommy Jackson (fdl), Owen Bradley (p), Bob Moore (b), Farris Coursey (d)

a. NA 9342-4alt Stop, Look And Listen - 2:22(George London, W.S. Stevenson)
MCA Box Set4-10421 — The Patsy Cline Collection   (1991)
Bear Family CD16781 — Gonna Shake This Shack Tonight: Stop, Look And Listen   (2008)
b. NA 9342-6 Stop, Look And Listen - 2:21(George London, W.S. Stevenson)
Decca 78/4529963 — I've Loved And Lost Again / Stop, Look And Listen   (1956)
Everest LP1204 — Encores   (1963)
Everest Jukebox EP19-1204 — Encores   (1963)
c. NA 9343-10 I've Loved And Lost Again - 2:35(Eddie Miller)
Decca 78/4529963 — I've Loved And Lost Again / Stop, Look And Listen   (1956)
Decca (PH) 451131 — I've Loved And Lost Again / There He Goes   (1962)
Arc International LP801 — Western Jamboree: Patsy Cline And Friends   (1962)
d. NA 9344-1 Dear God - 2:32(Virgil F. Stewart)
Decca 4530794 — Dear God / He Will Do For You   (1958)
Decca EP2759 — Dear God   (1963)
Festival EP10727 — Just A Closer Walk With Thee   (1963)
e. NA 9345 He Will Do For You - 2:17(Virgil F. Stewart)
Decca 4530794 — Dear God / He Will Do For You   (1958)
Decca EP2759 — Dear God   (1963)
Festival EP10727 — Just A Closer Walk With Thee   (1963)
All titles on: Classics CD5550 — The Chronological Classics: Patsy Cline 1955-1957   (2009)

Tommy Jackson (fdl) on c-e.


Decca matrix numbers:
a-b. 89855
c. 89856
d. 89857
e. 89858


Note: the 4 Star/Decca leasing agreement changed at this session, and subsequent Patsy Cline product was issued on Decca instead of subsidiary label Coral.


Date: November 8, 1956 [22:00-01:00]
Location: Bradley Studios, 804 16th Avenue South, Nashville TN.
Label: 4 Star Records

Paul Cohen (pdr), Patsy Cline (v), Harold Bradley (acg), Grady Martin (eg), Don Helms (stg), Tommy Jackson (fdl), Owen Bradley (p), Bob Moore (b), Farris Coursey (d)

a. NA 9539 Walkin' After Midnight - 2:32(Don Hecht, Alan Block)
Decca 78/4530221 — Walkin' After Midnight / A Poor Man's Roses   (1957)
Decca LP8611 — Patsy Cline   (1957)
Decca LP74010 — All-Time Country & Western, Vol. 1   (1960)
b. NA 9540 The Heart You Break May Be Your Own - 2:33(Tiny Colbert, Bob Geesling)
Everest LP1204 — Encores   (1963)
Longines Symphonette LP93489 — The Heart You Break   (1967)
Hilltop LP6054 — Miss Country Music   (1967)
c. NA 9541 Pick Me Up On Your Way Down - 2:15(Burton Levy, Glenn Reeves, Mae Boren Axton)
Everest LP1217 — In Memoriam   (1963)
Ditto CS10006A — Queen Of Country (Cassette One)   (1967)
Decca 4525732 — Always / Pick Me Up On Your Way Down   (1968)
d. NA 9542 A Poor Man's Roses (Or A Rich Man's Gold) - 2:44(Bob Hilliard, Milton DeLugg)
Decca 78/4530221 — Walkin' After Midnight / A Poor Man's Roses   (1957)
Everest LP1204 — Encores   (1963)
Everest Jukebox EP19-1204 — Encores   (1963)
e. NA 9542alt A Poor Man's Roses (Or A Rich Man's Gold) - 2:43(Bob Hilliard, Milton DeLugg)
DeLuxe CS/CD7913 — Late & Great: Patsy Cline & Dottie West   (1992)
King CD3810 — Country Music Hall Of Fame 1973   (1999)

Tommy Jackson (fdl) on b-c.


Decca matrix numbers:
a. 101004
b. 101005
c. 101006
d-e. 101007


Notes

1. Chart Activity
Patsy's first entry onto the Billboard Hot 100, Billboard Country and Cash Box charts was Decca single 30221 released 11 February 1957, and the disc was a two-sided smash. "Walkin' After Midnight" peaked at #2 Billboard Country, #12 Billboard Pop and #14 Cash Box Top 50.

2. Compromise
Initially, Patsy disliked "Walkin' After Midnight," although 4 Star allowed her to select its flip side. "A Poor Man's Roses" was Patsy's choice, not a 4 Star copyright, and her recording was covered by Patti Page at Mercury. Page's version peaked at #14 Pop while Cline's peaked at #14 Country.

3. Stereo Remakes
Both sides of the single were re-recorded with pop arrangements for the album Patsy Cline Showcase (August 17 & 25, 1961).


Date: April 24, 1957
Location: Pythian Temple, 135 West 70th Street, New York
Label: 4 Star Records

Paul Cohen (pdr), Jack Pleis (dir, p), Patsy Cline (v), Unknown (bkv), George Barnes (eg), Jack Pleis Orchestra (acc)

a. 102377 Today, Tomorrow And Forever - 2:37(Billy Burkes, Don Reid)
Decca 78/4530339 — Today, Tomorrow And Forever / Try Again   (1957)
Everest LP1223 — A Legend   (1964)
Columbia Musical Treasury LP5280 — Portrait Of Patsy   (1969)
b. 102378 Fingerprints - 2:46(Don Hecht, Woodie Otto Fleener, W.S. Stevenson)
Decca EP2542 — Patsy Cline   (1957)
Decca LP8611 — Patsy Cline   (1957)
Decca (PH) 451157 — Fingerprints / Then You'll Know   (1962)
c. 102379 A Stranger In My Arms - 2:28(Charlotte White, Virginia Hensley, Mary Lu Jeans)
Decca 78/4530406 — Three Cigarettes In An Ashtray / A Stranger In My Arms   (1957)
Festival EP10379 — Patsy Cline Sings For You   (1962)
Everest Jukebox EP19-1204 — Encores   (1963)
d. 102380 Don't Ever Leave Me Again - 2:29(Lillian Claiborne, Virginia Hensley, James Crawford)
Decca LP8611 — Patsy Cline   (1957)
Festival EP10930 — That Wonderful Someone   (1965)
Metro LP540 — Gotta Lot Of Rhythm In My Soul   (1965)
All titles on: Everest LP1204 — Encores   (1963)
Bescol CD102-4 — Her Original 4 Star Hits   (2005)
Classics CD5550 — The Chronological Classics: Patsy Cline 1955-1957   (2009)

Unknown (bkv) on a-c.


The Patsy Cline Album Sessions (Cross-references)

Dates: April 24-25 and May 22-23, 1957.


Notes

1. Personnel
Individuals are unknown, although reference material designates the Jack Pleis Orchestra as the house band for Decca's New York sessions of the time. Jazz guitarist George Barnes is confirmed playing on this session.

2. Songwriting Credits
Patsy Cline used her birth name, Virginia Hensley, for "A Stranger In My Arms" and "Don't Ever Leave Me Again" so that 4 Star was unable to absorb her share of the publishing royalties. "A Stranger In My Arms" was registered with Chappell & Co. instead of 4 Star Sales; Chappell claimed the first six notes of the tune were identical to a title already published by the firm.


Date: April 25, 1957
Location: Pythian Temple, 135 West 70th Street, New York
Label: 4 Star Records

Paul Cohen (pdr), Jack Pleis (dir, p), Patsy Cline (v), Anita Kerr Singers (bkv), George Barnes (eg), Jack Pleis Orchestra (acc)

a. 102381 Try Again - 1:58(Bob Summers, Jerry Le Fors)
Decca 78/4530339 — Today, Tomorrow And Forever / Try Again   (1957)
Everest LP1204 — Encores   (1963)
Metro LP540 — Gotta Lot Of Rhythm In My Soul   (1965)
b. 102382 Too Many Secrets - 2:18(Bobby Lile)
Decca LP8611 — Patsy Cline   (1957)
Everest LP1200 — Patsy Cline's Golden Hits   (1962)
Festival EP10930 — That Wonderful Someone   (1965)
c. 102383 Then You'll Know - 3:14(Bobby Lile)
Decca LP8611 — Patsy Cline   (1957)
Decca 78/4530504 — I Don't Wanta / Then You'll Know   (1957)
Decca (PH) 451157 — Fingerprints / Then You'll Know   (1962)
d. 102384 Three Cigarettes In An Ashtray - 2:15(Eddie Miller, W.S. Stevenson)
Decca EP2542 — Patsy Cline   (1957)
Decca LP8611 — Patsy Cline   (1957)
Decca 78/4530406 — Three Cigarettes In An Ashtray / A Stranger In My Arms   (1957)
All titles on: MCA Box Set4-10421 — The Patsy Cline Collection   (1991)
Sundown CD3001 — Crazy Dreams: The 4 Star Years   (1993)
Golden Stars CD5290 — Crazy   (2000)
Weton-Wesgram CD3146 — Patsy Cline   (2000)
Bescol CD102-4 — Her Original 4 Star Hits   (2005)
Classics CD5550 — The Chronological Classics: Patsy Cline 1955-1957   (2009)


The Patsy Cline Album Sessions (Cross-references)

Dates: April 24-25 and May 22-23, 1957.


Notes

1. Personnel
Individuals are unknown, although reference material designates the Jack Pleis Orchestra as the house band for Decca's New York sessions of the time. Jazz guitarist George Barnes is confirmed playing on this session.

2. The Anita Kerr Singers
This group consists of Anita Kerr (soprano, leader), Dottie Dillard (alto), Guilford Wright (tenor) and Louis Nunley (baritone) for Cline's recordings.


Date: May 22, 1957 [18:00-21:00]
Location: Bradley Studios, 804 16th Avenue South, Nashville TN.
Label: 4 Star Records

Paul Cohen (pdr), Patsy Cline (v), Anita Kerr Singers (bkv), Jack Shook (acg), Hank Garland, Grady Martin (eg), Owen Bradley (p), Bob Moore (b), Harold Bradley (eb)

a. NA 9829-1 That Wonderful Someone - 2:32(Gertrude Burg)
Decca EP2542 — Patsy Cline   (1957)
Decca LP8611 — Patsy Cline   (1957)
Decca (PH) 451156 — That Wonderful Someone / I Can't Forget   (1962)
b. NA 9829-2alt That Wonderful Someone - 2:20(Gertrude Burg)
Ditto CS10006B — Queen Of Country (Cassette Two)   (1967)
Pickwick CD841 — Unforgettable   (1986)
LaserLight CD15408 — Great American Legends Vol. 2: Today, Tomorrow And Forever   (1991)
LaserLight CD15409 — Don't Ever Leave Me Again   (1993)
c. NA 9830-1.3splice (Write Me) In Care Of The Blues - 2:36(Eddie Miller, W.S. Stevenson)
Decca LP8611 — Patsy Cline   (1957)
Everest LP1200 — Patsy Cline's Golden Hits   (1962)
Everest 452045 — In Care Of The Blues / If I Could See The World   (1964)


Decca matrix numbers:
a-b. 102680
c. 102681


The Patsy Cline Album Sessions (Cross-references)

Dates: April 24-25 and May 22-23, 1957.


Notes

1. Alternate Take
A work part ending of "That Wonderful Someone" was recorded after the second take, if a splice was deemed necessary, although both performances have satisfactory endings. Decca issued the first recording and the latter bears the alternate designation.

2. "In Care Of The Blues"
There is only one take of this performance. Patsy's final note goes sharp, and the song's ending was re-recorded in three work parts. The third attempt was selected to be spliced into the full take. The splice is considered the master recording and appears in all issues that include the song, except the Bear Family release Gonna Shake This Shack Tonight.


Date: May 23, 1957 #1 [15:00-18:00]
Location: Bradley Studios, 804 16th Avenue South, Nashville TN.
Label: 4 Star Records

Paul Cohen (pdr), Patsy Cline (v), Anita Kerr Singers (bkv), Jack Shook (acg), Hank Garland, Grady Martin (eg), Owen Bradley (p), Bob Moore (b), Harold Bradley (eb)

a. NA 9831 Hungry For Love - 2:29(Eddie Miller, W.S. Stevenson)
Decca EP2542 — Patsy Cline   (1957)
Everest 452011 — Then You'll Know / Hungry For Love   (1963)
Festival EP10930 — That Wonderful Someone   (1965)
b. NA 9832 I Can't Forget - 2:27(W.S. Stevenson, Carl Belew)
Decca (PH) 451156 — That Wonderful Someone / I Can't Forget   (1962)
Everest 4520005 — I Don't Wanta / I Can't Forget   (1962)
Allegro LP862 — Patsy Cline   (1967)
Both titles on: Decca LP8611 — Patsy Cline   (1957)
Everest LP1200 — Patsy Cline's Golden Hits   (1962)
Everest LP1223 — A Legend   (1964)


Decca matrix numbers:
a. 102682
b. 102683


The Patsy Cline Album Sessions (Cross-references)

Dates: April 24-25 and May 22-23, 1957.


Date: May 23, 1957 #2 [19:00-22:00]
Location: Bradley Studios, 804 16th Avenue South, Nashville TN.
Label: 4 Star Records

Paul Cohen (pdr), Patsy Cline (v), Anita Kerr Singers (bkv), Jack Shook (acg), Hank Garland, Grady Martin (eg), Owen Bradley (p), Bob Moore (b), Harold Bradley (eb), Farris Coursey (d)

a. NA 9833-1 I Don't Wanta - 2:22(Eddie Miller, W.S. Stevenson, Durwood Haddock)
Decca LP8611 — Patsy Cline   (1957)
Decca 78/4530504 — I Don't Wanta / Then You'll Know   (1957)
Everest LP1200 — Patsy Cline's Golden Hits   (1962)
b. NA 9833-2alt I Don't Wanta - 2:15(Eddie Miller, W.S. Stevenson, Durwood Haddock)
Bear Family CD16781 — Gonna Shake This Shack Tonight: Stop, Look And Listen   (2008)
c. NA 9834 Ain't No Wheels On This Ship (We Can't Roll) - 1:56(Wayland Chandler, W.S. Stevenson)
Decca LP8611 — Patsy Cline   (1957)
Everest LP1200 — Patsy Cline's Golden Hits   (1962)
Festival EP11147 — San Antonio Rose   (1966)


Decca matrix numbers:
a-b. 102684
c. 102685


The Patsy Cline Album Sessions (Cross-references)

Dates: April 24-25 and May 22-23, 1957.


Date: December 13, 1957 [14:00-18:00]
Location: Bradley Studios, 804 16th Avenue South, Nashville TN.
Label: 4 Star Records

Paul Cohen (pdr), Patsy Cline (v), Anita Kerr Singers (bkv), Hank Garland, Grady Martin (eg), Floyd Cramer (p, org), Owen Bradley (vib), Bob Moore (b), Farris Coursey (d)

a. NA 10039-5½ Stop The World (And Let Me Off) - 2:28(Carl Belew, W.S. Stevenson)
Decca 78/4530542 — Stop The World And Let Me Off / Walking Dream   (1958)
Everest LP1200 — Patsy Cline's Golden Hits   (1962)
Vocalion LP73753 — Here's Patsy Cline   (1965)
b. NA 10040-2 Walking Dream - 2:18(Hal Willis, Ginger Willis)
Decca 78/4530542 — Stop The World And Let Me Off / Walking Dream   (1958)
Everest LP1217 — In Memoriam   (1963)
Vocalion LP73753 — Here's Patsy Cline   (1965)
c. NA 10041-2 Cry Not For Me - 2:31(Don Hecht, Jack Moon)
Decca 4530846 — Yes, I Understand / Cry Not For Me   (1959)
Everest LP1217 — In Memoriam   (1963)
Design LP637 — More Country & Western Favorites   (1967)
d. NA 10042-1 If I Could See The World (Through The Eyes Of A Child) - 2:52(Sammy Masters, Richard Pope, Tex Satterwhite)
Decca 4530746 — If I Could See The World / Just Out Of Reach   (1958)
Everest LP1200 — Patsy Cline's Golden Hits   (1962)
Everest 452045 — In Care Of The Blues / If I Could See The World   (1964)
All titles on: Sundown CD3001 — Crazy Dreams: The 4 Star Years   (1993)
Varese Sarabande CD6165 — 25 All-Time Greatest 4 Star Recordings   (2000)
Bescol CD102-4 — Her Original 4 Star Hits   (2005)
Classics CD5903 — The Chronological Classics: Patsy Cline 1957-1960   (2009)

Floyd Cramer (p) on a, (org) on c-d; Owen Bradley (vib) on c-d.


Decca matrix numbers:
a. 103878
b. 103879
c. 103880
d. 103881


Notes

1. Personnel
The musicians cannot be verified and should be deemed tentative.

2. Half Take Designation
For reasons unknown, the producer called "take five and a half" for the master recording of "Stop The World (And Let Me Off)". The rationale for this unlikely designation is probably a false start or a very short breakdown of the previous take.

3. Cash Box
This fan site reveals that "Cry Not For Me" charted to #59 on the Cash Box 100 Country in 1959.


Date: February 13, 1958 #1 [15:00-19:00]
Location: Bradley Studios, 804 16th Avenue South, Nashville TN.
Label: 4 Star Records

Owen Bradley (pdr), Patsy Cline (v), Anita Kerr Singers (bkv), Hank Garland (eg), Grady Martin (bnj, eb), Bob Moore (b), Buddy Harman (d), Bill McElhiney (t), Beverly LeCroy (tb)

a. NA 10122 Just Out Of Reach - 2:27(Virgil F. Stewart)
Decca 4530746 — If I Could See The World / Just Out Of Reach   (1958)
Everest LP1200 — Patsy Cline's Golden Hits   (1962)
Everest 452031 — I Can See An Angel / Just Out Of Reach   (1963)
b. NA 10123 I Can See An Angel - 2:24(Kay Adelman)
Decca 4530706 — I Can See An Angel / Never No More   (1958)
Everest LP1200 — Patsy Cline's Golden Hits   (1962)
Everest 452031 — I Can See An Angel / Just Out Of Reach   (1963)
c. NA 10124 Come On In (And Make Yourself At Home) - 1:51(Virgil F. Stewart)
Decca 4530659 — Come On In / Let The Teardrops Fall   (1958)
Everest LP1217 — In Memoriam   (1963)
Hilltop LP6016 — I Can't Forget You   (1966)
All titles on: Pair LP/CS/CD1236 — The Legendary Patsy Cline   (1988)
Sundown CD3001 — Crazy Dreams: The 4 Star Years   (1993)
Bescol CD102-4 — Her Original 4 Star Hits   (2005)
Classics CD5903 — The Chronological Classics: Patsy Cline 1957-1960   (2009)

Grady Martin (bnj) on c, (eb) on a-b; Bill McElhiney (t) on c; Beverly LeCroy (tb) on c.


Decca matrix numbers:
a. 104577
b. 104578
c. 104582*


Note: the musicians cannot be verified and should be deemed tentative.


Date: February 13, 1958 #2 [20:00-23:00]
Location: Bradley Studios, 804 16th Avenue South, Nashville TN.
Label: 4 Star Records

Owen Bradley (pdr, vib), Patsy Cline (v), Grady Martin (acg, eb), Hank Garland (eg), Floyd Cramer (p), Bob Moore (b), Buddy Harman (d)

a. NA 10125 Let The Teardrops Fall - 2:37(Buster Beam, Lawton Jiles, W.S. Stevenson)
Decca 4530659 — Come On In / Let The Teardrops Fall   (1958)
Metro LP540 — Gotta Lot Of Rhythm In My Soul   (1965)
Hilltop LP6016 — I Can't Forget You   (1966)
b. NA 10126 Never No More - 2:37(Rita Ross, Alan Block)
Decca 4530706 — I Can See An Angel / Never No More   (1958)
Longines Symphonette LP93489 — The Heart You Break   (1967)
Hilltop LP6054 — Miss Country Music   (1967)
c. NA 10127 If I Could Only Stay Asleep - 2:40(Ethel Bassey, Wayland Chandler)
Hilltop LP6016 — I Can't Forget You   (1966)
Hilltop LP6072 — In Care Of The Blues   (1969)
Columbia Musical Treasury LP5280 — Portrait Of Patsy   (1969)
All titles on: Everest LP1217 — In Memoriam   (1963)
Everest LP1223 — A Legend   (1964)
Vee-Jay LP6000 — Patsy Cline Forever   (1977)

Grady Martin (acg) on c, (eb) on a-b; Owen Bradley (vib) on c.


Decca matrix numbers:
a. 104579
b. 104580
c. 104581


Note: the musicians cannot be verified and should be deemed tentative.


Date: January 8, 1959 [17:00-20:30]
Location: Bradley Studios, 804 16th Avenue South, Nashville TN.
Label: 4 Star Records

Owen Bradley (pdr), Patsy Cline (v), The Jordanaires (bkv, hnd), Hank Garland, Grady Martin (eg), Floyd Cramer (p), Bob Moore (b), Harold Bradley (ebx), Buddy Harman (d)

a. NA 10554 I'm Moving Along - 2:08(Johnny Starr)
Decca EP2768 — How Can I Face Tomorrow   (1964)
Decca LP74586 — That's How A Heartache Begins   (1964)
Decca EP2802 — Love Letters In The Sand   (1965)
b. NA 10555 I'm Blue Again - 2:08(Buster Beam, Lawton Jiles, W.S. Stevenson)
Decca 4530929 — Gotta Lot Of Rhythm In My Soul / I'm Blue Again   (1959)
Decca EP2768 — How Can I Face Tomorrow   (1964)
Decca LP74586 — That's How A Heartache Begins   (1964)
c. NA 10556 Love, Love, Love Me Honey Do - 2:05(Buster Beam, Lawton Jiles, W.S. Stevenson)
Decca EP2768 — How Can I Face Tomorrow   (1964)
Everest 452052 — Gotta Lot Of Rhythm In My Soul / Love, Love, Love Me Honey Do   (1964)
Decca LP74586 — That's How A Heartache Begins   (1964)
d. NA 10556-monoalt Love, Love, Love Me Honey Do - 2:07(Buster Beam, Lawton Jiles, W.S. Stevenson)
Bear Family CD16781 — Gonna Shake This Shack Tonight: Stop, Look And Listen   (2008)

The Jordanaires (hnd) on d.


Decca matrix numbers:
a. 106452
b. 106453
c-d. 106454


Notes

1. Multi-track Recording
Bradley Studios started multi-track recording in March 1958. Subsequent Patsy Cline sessions were recorded to three-track tape. Stereo mixes were issued in all cases, unless otherwise noted.

2. Alternate Take
A different performance of "Love, Love, Love Me Honey Do" was saved. The tempo is slower, and handclaps are heard in the first verse and during the key changes. The alternate take was not mixed to stereo.

3. The Jordanaires
This vocal group consists of Gordon Stoker (tenor, manager), Neal Matthews, Jr. (tenor, leader), Hoyt Hawkins (baritone) and Ray Walker (bass) for Cline's recordings.


Date: January 9, 1959 [14:00-17:00]
Location: Bradley Studios, 804 16th Avenue South, Nashville TN.
Label: 4 Star Records

Owen Bradley (pdr), Patsy Cline (v), The Jordanaires (bkv, hnd), Hank Garland, Grady Martin (eg), Floyd Cramer (p), Bob Moore (b), Harold Bradley (ebx), Farris Coursey (d)

a. NA 10557-overdub Yes, I Understand - 2:52(Buster Beam, Lawton Jiles, W.S. Stevenson)
Decca 4530846 — Yes, I Understand / Cry Not For Me   (1959)
Metro LP540 — Gotta Lot Of Rhythm In My Soul   (1965)
Everest LP1229 — Reflections   (1965)
b. NA 10557alt Yes, I Understand - 2:52(Buster Beam, Lawton Jiles, W.S. Stevenson)
Vocalion LP73753 — Here's Patsy Cline   (1965)
c. NA 10558-mono Gotta Lot Of Rhythm In My Soul - 2:22(Barbara Vaughan, W.S. Stevenson)
Decca 4530929 — Gotta Lot Of Rhythm In My Soul / I'm Blue Again   (1959)
Everest 452052 — Gotta Lot Of Rhythm In My Soul / Love, Love, Love Me Honey Do   (1964)
Metro LP540 — Gotta Lot Of Rhythm In My Soul   (1965)

The Jordanaires (hnd) on c.


Decca matrix numbers:
a-b. 106455
c. 106456


Notes

1. Overdub
Patsy recorded harmony vocals for "Yes, I Understand" and the performance appears on the original single in this configuration. The overdub was not used when the song was reissued on Here's Patsy Cline, leading to the accidental release of an alternate mix without harmony. The overdub version was never mixed to stereo.

2. Lost Stereo Mix
"Gotta Lot of Rhythm In My Soul" was not included on a Decca album, and the recording was never mixed to stereo.


Date: July 3, 1959 [12:30-15:30]
Location: Bradley Studios, 804 16th Avenue South, Nashville TN.
Label: 4 Star Records

Owen Bradley (pdr), Patsy Cline (v), The Jordanaires (bkv), Hank Garland, Grady Martin (eg), Floyd Cramer (p), Bob Moore (b), Buddy Harman (d)

a. NA 10789 Life's Railway To Heaven - 2:51(M.E. Abbey, Charles Davis Tillman)
Longines Symphonette LP93489 — The Heart You Break   (1967)
Hilltop LP6148 — Country Hall Of Fame   (1974)
LaserLight CD15409 — Great American Legends Vol. 3: Don't Ever Leave Me Again   (1991)
b. NA 10790 Just A Closer Walk With Thee - 2:46(Traditional)
Longines Symphonette LP93488 — Stop The World   (1967)
Ditto CS10006A — Queen Of Country (Cassette One)   (1967)
Hilltop LP6072 — In Care Of The Blues   (1969)
Both titles on: Decca EP2759 — Dear God   (1963)
Festival EP10727 — Just A Closer Walk With Thee   (1963)
Vocalion LP73753 — Here's Patsy Cline   (1965)


Decca matrix numbers:
a. 107844
b. 107845


Date: January 27, 1960 #1 [19:00-01:00]
Location: Bradley Studios, 804 16th Avenue South, Nashville TN.
Label: 4 Star Records

Owen Bradley (pdr), Patsy Cline (v), Hank Garland, Grady Martin (eg), Jimmy Day (stg), Floyd Cramer (p), Bob Moore (b), Harold Bradley (ebx), Buddy Harman (d)

a. NA 10964 Lovesick Blues - 2:21(Irving Mills, Cliff Friend)
Decca 4531061 — Lovesick Blues / How Can I Face Tomorrow   (1960)
Decca EP2703 — I Fall To Pieces   (1961)
Decca LP74393 — On Stage At The Grand Ole Opry   (1964)
b. NA 10965-overdub How Can I Face Tomorrow - 2:19(Buster Beam, Lawton Jiles, W.S. Stevenson)
Decca 4531061 — Lovesick Blues / How Can I Face Tomorrow   (1960)
Decca EP2768 — How Can I Face Tomorrow   (1964)
Hilltop LP6039 — Stop The World And Let Me Off   (1966)
c. NA 10965alt How Can I Face Tomorrow - 2:19(Buster Beam, Lawton Jiles, W.S. Stevenson)
Vocalion LP73753 — Here's Patsy Cline   (1965)
Bear Family CD16781 — Gonna Shake This Shack Tonight: Stop, Look And Listen   (2008)


Decca matrix numbers:
a. 108693
b-c. 108694


Notes

1. Double Date
Bob Moore was paid for two Patsy Cline sessions on this date, although the break split is unknown.

2. "Lovesick Blues"
This composition is not a 4 Star copyright, and the recording was chosen to be the front side of the Decca single.

3. "Christmas Without You"
Minor changes to the lyrics of this Beam-Jiles composition produced "How Can I Face Tomorrow".

4. Overdub
Patsy recorded harmony vocals for "How Can I Face Tomorrow" and the performance appears on the original single in this configuration. The overdub was not used when the song was reissued on Here's Patsy Cline, leading to the accidental release of an alternate mix without harmony. The overdub version was never mixed to stereo.


Date: January 27, 1960 #2 [19:00-01:00]
Location: Bradley Studios, 804 16th Avenue South, Nashville TN.
Label: 4 Star Records

Owen Bradley (pdr), Patsy Cline (v), Hank Garland (eg), Grady Martin (eg, fdl), Jimmy Day (stg), Floyd Cramer (p), Bob Moore (b), Harold Bradley (ebx), Buddy Harman (d)

a. NA 10966 There He Goes - 2:25(Eddie Miller, Durwood Haddock, W.S. Stevenson)
Decca 4531128 — Crazy Dreams / There He Goes   (1960)
Decca EP2703 — I Fall To Pieces   (1961)
Decca (PH) 451131 — I've Loved And Lost Again / There He Goes   (1962)
b. NA 10967-overdub Crazy Dreams - 2:33(Buster Beam, Lawton Jiles, W.S. Stevenson)
Decca 4531128 — Crazy Dreams / There He Goes   (1960)
Hilltop LP6039 — Stop The World And Let Me Off   (1966)
Allegro LP862 — Patsy Cline   (1967)
c. NA 10967alt Crazy Dreams - 2:33(Buster Beam, Lawton Jiles, W.S. Stevenson)
Decca LP74586 — That's How A Heartache Begins   (1964)
Sundown CD3001 — Crazy Dreams: The 4 Star Years   (1993)
Varese Sarabande CD6165 — 25 All-Time Greatest 4 Star Recordings   (2000)
Music Mill Entertainment CD70033 — Patsy Cline Country   (2003)
Intersound Records CD6455 — Revisited   (2006)
Bear Family CD16781 — Gonna Shake This Shack Tonight: Stop, Look And Listen   (2008)

Grady Martin (eg) on a, (fdl) on b-c.


Decca matrix numbers:
a. 108695
b-c. 108696


Notes

1. The Red Foley Show
A spoken introduction was canned by Red Foley and Patsy Cline for this release of "There He Goes".

2. Overdub
Patsy recorded harmony vocals for "Crazy Dreams" and the performance appears on the original single in this configuration. The overdub was not used when the song was reissued on That's How A Heartache Begins, leading to the accidental release of an alternate mix without harmony. The overdub version was never mixed to stereo.


Sessions Reported: 18

Performances Reported: 63

Unique Songs Reported: 51

Unique Issues Reported: 157