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.

The 4 Star period includes a total of 18 recording sessions that produced 51 masters, 8 alternate takes, 16 singles, two extended-plays (EP) and one album. Singles are indexed with A Side / B Side titles. Album programming is found on the Issues menu. Click on 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.

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. 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
Patsy was introduced to Richard Lisell, manager of Teresa Brewer. Lisell attended this session and reportedly demanded 27 takes of "This Old House". The immediate involvement in Cline's affairs might suggest 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 to New York.

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 probably through Ray Price, although he did not record the song until March 1956, and its date of publication cannot be verified.


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. 100/88219 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. 101/88220 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. 102-3/88221 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. 103-5/88222 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)

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

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.

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 in the original master. Everest spliced a guitar solo from the instrumental break onto the introduction of the performance.


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 9342-4/89855alt 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 9342-6/89855 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 9343-10/89856 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 9344-1/89857 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 9345/89858 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.

The licensing agreement changed for 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 9539/101004 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 9540/101005 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 9541/101006 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 9542/101007 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 9542/101007alt 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.


Date: April 24, 1957
Location: Pythian Temple, 135 West 70th Street, New York
Label: 4 Star Records
Patsy Cline (Album Sessions)

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)
Jasmine CD3618-9 — Just Out Of Reach   (2012)

Unknown (bkv) on a-c.


Date: April 25, 1957
Location: Pythian Temple, 135 West 70th Street, New York
Label: 4 Star Records
Patsy Cline (Album Sessions)

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)

The Anita Kerr Singers consist 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
Patsy Cline (Album Sessions)

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 9829-1/102680 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 9829-2/102680alt 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 9830-1.0/102681rejected (Write Me) In Care Of The Blues - 2:37(Eddie Miller, W.S. Stevenson)
Bear Family CD16781 — Gonna Shake This Shack Tonight: Stop, Look And Listen   (2008)
d. NA 9830-1.3/102681splice (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)

1. "That Wonderful Someone"
A work part ending 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 complete take of this performance. Patsy's final note goes sharp, and the song's ending was re-recorded in three work parts. The third ending was spliced onto the full take to create the master recording.


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

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 9831/102682 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 9832/102683 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)

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

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 9833-1/102684 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 9833-2/102684alt 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 9834/102685 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)

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 10039-5½/103878 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 10040-2/103879 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 10041-2/103880 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 10042-1/103881 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)
Jasmine CD3618-9 — Just Out Of Reach   (2012)

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

Personnel cannot be verified and should be deemed tentative.

The producer called a half take for "Stop The World", probably due to a false start or a very short breakdown.


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 10122/104577 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 10123/104578 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 10124/104582 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)
Jasmine CD3618-9 — Just Out Of Reach   (2012)

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

Personnel 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 10125/104579 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 10126/104580 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 10127/104581 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.

Personnel 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 10554/106452 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 10555/106453 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 10556/106454 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 10556/106454alt/mono 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.

The Jordanaires consist 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 10557/106455mono 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 10557/106455alt Yes, I Understand - 2:52(Buster Beam, Lawton Jiles, W.S. Stevenson)
Vocalion LP73753 — Here's Patsy Cline   (1965)
c. NA 10558/106456mono 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.


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 10789/107844 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 10790/107845 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)

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 10964/108693 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 10965/108694mono 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 10965/108694alt 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)

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


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 10966/108695 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 10967/108696mono 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 10967/108696alt 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)

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


Sessions Reported: 18

Performances Reported: 64

Unique Songs Reported: 51

Unique Issues Reported: 159