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MCAC kicks off season with Patsy

By Michael Butler

"Crazy" by Patsy Cline is regarded as one of the greatest songs ever to be recorded. It was written by Willie Nelson. Surprisingly, it failed to reach No. 1 on the Billboard Country Music Charts. It peaked at No. 2 behind "Big Bad John" by Jimmy Dean.

"Crazy" was also a Top 10 record on the Billboard Pop Charts; therefore, it is more than a "Country Classic," it's a classic - period. Still, although "Crazy" is Cline's signature tune, two more of her singles went to No. 1; "I Fall to Pieces" and "She's Got You." In addition, "Walking After Midnight," Cline's first release, landed at No. 2 in 1957.

Cline was one of the great voices in the music industry and her music lives on. On Thursday night, Oct. 27, the McCraney-Cottle Arts Council will highlight the legend with their season opener, "A Night with Patsy Cline," at 7:00 in the Tallassee High School Auditorium.

Emily Herring, a Mobile native, puts on the show. Herring is an accomplished vocalist who has worked with the Alabama Symphony Orchestra, Alabama Shakespeare Festival and University of Alabama Department of Theatre and Dance.

"We're looking forward to a good turnout," said MCAC Executive Director Mona Mills of the first performance of the 2016-17 season. "You'll really feel like you're spending a night with Patsy Cline."

Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for students and may be purchased at the door.

The McCraney-Cottle Arts Council has been bringing the arts to Tallassee since 1963. Additional performances for the season include; "Music of the Season" (Dec. 8), Missoula Children's Theatre's "Treasure Island" (Jan. 14) and the River City Band (March 14).

More information is available on Facebook. For season tickets, call Mills at 334-201-4892.

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