Loretta Lynn and Patsy Cline shared a close relationship when Lynn first appeared on the country music scene. Lynn says that Cline was her role model, and on many occasions she stepped in with help for the young singer.
When Lynn heard that Patsy had died in an airplane crash, in 1963, she was devastated. She went right over to Patsy’s house to check on her husband, Charlie. As Lynn’s husband spoke to charlie, Lynn sat on the stairs in Patsy’s rec room, and felt inspired to write a song.
She found a pad of paper and pen and went to work, pouring out her feelings over Patsy’s death, and her relationship with the late singer. Twenty minutes later Lynn had her song. She grabbed a guitar and asked Charlie if she could play it for him.
“I was going to ask him what he thought of it, but he had tears rolling down his face. He said, ‘It’s beautiful.’ I said ‘I wrote this for you,'” Loretta said.
Two night later, Lynn went to the studio and recorded the song. It was never released as a single, but “This Haunted House” was released on Lynn’s 1964 album, Before I’m Over You.
Listen to Lynn’s powerful “This Haunted House” in the video below!
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