Radio and television personality. Born March 10, 1933. Career most active late 1950s-1990s. One of the best-known broadcasters in country music history. Began his long service with WSM Nashville in 1957. His broadcasting credits include the Ralph Emery Show (1972-1991), Pop Goes the Country (1974-1990), and Nashville Now (1983-1993). Member, Country Music Hall of Fame®.
1991 May 28
(1 hour, 20 minutes)
Radio and television personality Ralph Emery talks about the career of Patsy Cline. Discussion includes memories of Cline during her early career; the release of “I Fall to Pieces”; her association with Four Star; his experiences interviewing Cline; the music community’s reaction to her fatal plan crash; her memorial service at the Grand Ole Opry; his role as a DJ in breaking her hits; the influence of Cline on the performance of other female singers; and the image she helped to generate for women in country music. Interview includes a tape playback of a prior Emery interview with Loretta Lynn discussing her memories of Patsy Cline.