Memorial Service Music – Walkin’ After Midnight?
Is there a song (or a few) that you’d want played at your own funeral memorial service or celebration of life gathering, for the people that are remembering and thinking of you after you’re gone?
The above video memorial tribute to country music legend Patsy Cline is set to one of her signature song’s, Walkin’ After Midnight, written by Alan Block and Donn Hecht.
Patsy Cline recorded Walkin’ After Midnight in November 1956, but wasn’t a fan of the song; she reluctantly agreed to sing it live on television on the Arthur Godfrey Talent Scouts show in January 1957, and the audience went wild. Walkin’ After Midnight was Patsy Cline’s first big hit single when it was released in February 1957, reaching #2 on the country music charts and 12 on the pop chart, thanks to early baby boomers and their parents, the silent generation.
By the end of 1957 Patsy Cline had divorced her first husband Gerald Cline (who wanted her to stay at home and be a housewife), and married second husband Charlie Dick, with whom she had 2 children. Patsy Cline was a pioneer and mentor for women in country music including Loretta Lynn, and would have several more hits before her untimely death at age 30 in March 1963 as the result of plane crash. (Patsy Cline 1957 Photo: Four Star Records)
Below, Patsy Cline performs Walkin’ After Midnight live in a vintage music video circa 1957.
Is Walkin’ After Midnight on your list of top songs to celebrate the life and memories of yourself or a loved one at their memorial service?
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