Patsy Cline’s dark past?



I recently had a discussion with my mother in which I tried to convince her Patsy Cline was part black. It’s so obvious to me. I would never have even stumbled upon such a ridiculous postulation if not for the old black and white video clip in which she belted out “Crazy” in that awesomely sexy, velvety voice. I had never seen Patsy Cline before but I was intimately familiar with her music because she is one of my mom’s favorite female singers of all time and I could always count on listening to Patsy almost every Saturday afternoon while my mom swept and mopped and did all her other weekly cleaning chores around the house. The smell of Pinesol and Patsy Cline’s maudlin twangy longings will always be conjoined in my memory.


Anyways, after watching the video, I was intrigued. The way I saw it.
Either Patsy Cline was publicly known to be of mixed blood; or, owing to the fact that she recorded music in a musical genre which, from the 1950s through the 1960’s was hardly hospitable for mixed race white women, she would keep such genetic information under tight wraps.


Even though, to my eye, it’s obvious.
But our old-time Country singers could not spring from the slightest bit of non-Caucasian parentage without risking alienating their fan base.


A simple Google search illuminated the fact that her theoretical black ancestry was not common knowledge, accepted or not.


On, under the not-so-vague suspicion, “Was Patsy Cline Caucasian or Black Singer?” the answer offered was the typical response to such a question about Cline: “She was white (Caucasian non Hispanic). Since people in those days did not admit to such things for fear of non-acceptance, she may not have come forth with that information. It is Unknown whether or not she was part African- American (Black).”


This link was the only Google result that alluded in any manner to Cline’s race in response to my Google query, “was patsy cline part black.”


My mom is convinced I’m crazy.
She won’t buy my theory. She tells me plenty of white women are dark featured and roundly buxomed and soulfully full-figured. Uh yeah, but how many white women contain all of the above?


Patsy had it all, man. Great curvaceous full-figured womanliness. Full cheeks, full nose, she had sexy meat and she had color. I think she was hotter than hell because of this full lexicon of classic black female physical traits against the parchment of porcelain white woman’s skin.


I think I once tried searching for photos of her parents, but I found nothing.
It’s too bad people feel compelled to live such illusions in the face of potential societal scorn. One’s ability to make money is contingent upon cultural illusions.



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  • Joe Cosenza

    Everyone says she had the right curves where it counted..Bull shit..this gal was a fat ass with nig lips…Dont get me wrong..I would have done her then.and i still do today..get over it..

  • Michelle

    She’s clearly biracial. In those days it would not have been to her benefit to acknowledge it. Trust, the record executives knew it and made damn sure the public did not.

    • Exactly what I’m talking about.

      • russ hook

        I was wondering why that KIKE/DYKE K.D. Lang copied this mulatto bitch???

    • russ hook

      Yeah, but now we are so fucking advanced, as the white race is REPLACED in every white country on earth….IDIOTS!

  • Sidra

    As the matriarch of a black & white mixed race family, with one child marrying black, the other white, some grandchildren 3/4 black and some 3/4 white, all showing hints of their 1/4 racial ancestry, and friends and acquaintances who also have mixed race families, in my opinion she’s black and white mixed…… noticed it right away. I’m an old school funk and R & B fan myself, but I fell in love with Patsy the first time I heard her. Her songs reach into my soul, and oh that voice.


    There were black country musicians- De Ford Bailey was Negro and he appeared on the Grand ‘Ol Opry in the 1920s! I don’t know what people think about Country Music fans- they a lot different than people might think. As for Patsy being black herself, it is possible, but not likely. She may have some Native American ancestry- possibely Shawnee Indian- as her family has deep roots in the Western part of the Virginia commonwealth and have been in the Shenandoah Valley for a long time. Her ancestry is mostly white- German, Scotch Irish, and English.

  • John

    “Patsy had it all, man. Great curvaceous full-figured womanliness. Full cheeks, full nose, she had sexy meat and she had color. I think she was hotter than hell because of this full lexicon of classic black female physical traits against the parchment of porcelain white woman’s skin.”

    It is very plausible she had African American ancestry. Even if she didn’t, I appreciate that you see that in a positive light. I also find those features very attractive on a woman. I recall when there was a lot of hype about Jennifer Lopez’s booty, but it seems almost taboo to give credit to Jennifer’s likely African roots. I know it is a touchy subject, but some positive acknowledgment is not a bad thing.

    • Exactly….as they say, merely “noticing” is taboo in today’s totalitarian PC environment.

  • jojobebe

    Cline was her stage name , her birth name was Patterson …

    Get your facts right

  • Lynn

    I am in Nashville, I dated her son Randy for over a year, and yes he had very black features, dark eyes, big lips, full nose, dark skin, however, his hair was long down his back and it was black silky thick hair like that of a native american. I always wondeted if there was african american in his blood too.

    • Bey Ship

      Sure thing, and I would like to sell you the Brooklyn Bridge.

    • russ hook

      Was he LOW IQ like JOU are???

  • Benjamin Dodman

    I am a Cline Descendant, I can tell you that Patsy Cline was of Native American descent. As for her having any “Black” blood I can’t say

    • lee smith

      although there were many that misrepresented their actual race because of the one drop rule. Look up the Melungeons. Ava Gardner and others were members of that group. They were mixed race majority white, but significant African ancestry, with very little Native Americans. A few years ago many fought DNA testing, but others that submitted to it the results are in. Ms Cline could be descendant of Melungeons or other groups like that.

    • russ hook

      Yup, the KIKENVERMIN hide behind ‘native’ Merkan blood all the time!

  • DAVH

    I think she was part American Indian. I read that many, most, people from the mid west to the south had Indian blood. I can see it in her……

  • rhonda

    Full lips, nose and hips, butt big, dark and her hair was NOT silky smooth. That can be seen in many of her photos. Her voice was silky smooth, but it was on our side. She was from an era where many of them had to pass to make it. Either that or one of her parents did it…she was black and that was that…ooooor maybe she was Jewish….lies…she was black and that was that!!! Lol!! Gorgeous gal though!

  • Harry Percy

    I dont think she looks, sounds or acts black at all. If anything I wld say she looks more Jewish than black or hispanic

    • You don’t think she looks like she could be Black? I think a lot of her had aspects of Black.

      A lot of hybrid racially mixed people look completely unlike their elemental make-up.

      I grew up in a strongly Japanese-American community and when they were mixed with White (as Japanese frequently are), the offspring looks Hispanic most of the time. In fact, many White x _____ mixes look Hispanic. Makes sense since Mexican (and “Hispanics”) for the most part are a European/Indigenous blend.

    • rhonda

      What do you mean she didn’t act black Harry Percy? How do black people act? Okay, I know what you mean, but if she was passing for white, why would she act like she was from a different culture especially out of acceptance. She would act as much as she could so that she would fit in without a problem. She may not have known because it could have been her parents who were the ones hiding it. Happened and still does happen all the time.
      I learned about a story about two slaves that ran away. She (the wife) looked white and passed for white. What she did was buy their tickets and had him (her husband who could not pass for white) to board the train with her but she made him sit on the floor at her feet and she kept her foot on him. Someone questioned her about it and she told them he was her “Nigga slave and that’s where he needed to be…at her feet.” That was that, they left her alone and made their way up North to freedom and I think then on to Canada. Happened all the time. Black folk did it to survive and do what they had to do.

  • Zauriel

    For me she does not have the features of a black woman. But she does have features of a mexican background.

  • Tma P Amt

    My mother, who was born in Virginia, looked just like Pasty Cline, and my mother was Irish/Native American DNA.

    • Did she have Patsy Cline’s curves?

      • Rhonda

        I am sure Tma P Amt’s mom did NOT have her curves, her, lips or her hips or that hair…not at all Socially Extinct

  • dee

    I love her music and when I saw her pictures I knew she had some degree of black blood running through her veins, see black folks know they just do. they have had to know every since they came to this world. There was a story published recently that in the south especially there are white people who have black blood but are in denial ….dna is a bitch aint it lol

  • Roger Lee

    She could have been part Mexican. If you travel in Mexico you will see many people who look very much like her.

    • Yes, but I think that’s probably far-fetched. I don’t think there was much Mexican presence in Virginia in 1930. If anything, I could see a partial Native-American background, in which case she does looks slightly mestizo. I still vote for Black.


    There is a clip of Patsy’s mother speaking in about a 5 minute interview with Arthur Godfrey. Patsy speaks later the end. I have heard people remarked that their speaking voices sounds “black” perhaps because of their distinctly Virginian accents- as a common misconception for people who live north of the Mason Dixon line. Many white people sound “black” to them. But the truth is, many whites and blacks in the South share similar linguistics and the speech traces much of its roots to Southwest England. And like many border state areas, Winchester, Virginia had a mix of Southern and Midland speech patterns.

  • Freak Bubo

    This entire thread is uber ignorant.
    Patsy looks like an average Scottish woman.
    Having dark eyes/olive skin and curly hair is extremely common in europe (both northern and southern).
    You moronic posters missed completely that Cline is a common JEWISH name.
    Perhaps it’s more plausible to consider her “hidden roots” are German/Jewish…

    • Socially Extinct

      Why of course, the first thing I think of when I see Patsy Cline is SCOTTISH! What was I thinking…???

      BTW, “Cline” was her married name (from her 1st marriage). Her birth name was Virginia Patterson Hensley.

      Photos of her parents exist…it’s her siblings I can’t find any of…that would be a nice find.

    • RVABREAD22

      You do realize that Cline was Patsy’s married name? Her first husband was Gerald Cline. Patsy’s maiden name was Hensley. Also just because a name is German doesn’t mean its “Jewish”. Cline can also be a Scottish and an Irish name. I imagine that Patsy Cline (ne’ Virginia Patterson Hensley) was mostly Scotch Irish, German, and Native American descent- as are most people in her part of Virginia, USA.

    • Cindy Kaufman

      Cline is German and Irish, not Jewish at all. Kline is Jewish. Know the difference. I have a friend name Kaufmann, German. My last name is Kaufman, Jewish.

      • Cindy Kaufman

        The extra (n) in (Kaufmann) is the difference in German from the Jewish name (Kaufman)

      • RVABREAD22

        Cline is also her married name from her first marriage. Her maiden name is Hensley.

    • Rhonda

      You guys are really fighting it huh??! Anything to make sure that your/my idol is not from a black background! LOL! You guys are too much! No tarnished images at all from our beloved Patsy! Go ahead then!

      • shawnee1895 .

        I just heard of her, born in 1965. After looking at her on YouTube, I came here because I asked the question if she has Black ancestry. She is absolutely beautiful and I under stand how people are tying in European, but I am Black and she looks like she has Black Ancestry. There is nothing wrong with that! Most Americans have a lot of mixed ancestry, due to slavery and European immigration. And yes, she could also have Indian/Mexican ancestors. Awesome Lady!

    • VJD

      Well said, especially with regards to the British isles since numerous Western European conquests, many Caucasian looks exist, especially in that area of Europe. Cline spelt with a “C” is British isles in origin, I believe. With a “K” it’s German, Ashkenazic Jewish or German Jewish. However, that was her married name. Her mother’s surname was Hensley, a Saxon surname. “Hilda” was her mother’s first name, it’s German. The father was Patterson, it’s mostly Irish. It’s possible there was a mix otherwise. But what difference does it make, she rocked. It’s hard for some to believe that there are soulful white people who can rock a tune. Sorry for the rant. lol

    • RVABREAD22

      Remember, that the name “Cline” was her married name from her first marriage. Also many Germans are not Jewish. She does have German blood, for sure and Scotch-Irish and also American Indian

  • BlkGrlDaphne

    I just happen to be a black chick that loves country music…Patsy did not have black blood in her; there are some European countries whose people have features similar to black folks but they are not black…same with some Native American tribes…but they aren’t black…my point is who cares what ancestry she was she was a great singer! My second point, let’s stop trying to say everyone is black. Let’s continue to enjoy Patsy’s music and let her soul rest in peace.

    • Bubba McBoo

      “Black blood ” I’m sure that 100% of HUMAN BEINGS have AFRICAN ANCESTRY.
      So we ALL have “black Blood”…

    • Rhonda

      BlkGrlDaphne…girl sit down! You are right in a sense and you are not the only black girl who loves country but EVERYONE knows the features of those that Patsy have are of African decent/genes. It would be something to have maybe one or two or even three but to have them all like that??? Naaaaaaaa, can’t make me believe it! I loved and still do love her but I still know and believe what I believe. I don’t think that she was completely black which is what others are saying we are saying for the most part that she had it in her. BTW, how do you like Randy Travis and Earnest Tubbs? Luvs, luvs, luvs them!!!

  • Music Fan

    Like several others, I arrived at this page because I just watched the clip of Patsy singing Crazy, not having seen a picture of her before, and my instant thought was that she must be mixed race to some deree. Like being gay or Jewish, this was not something that anyone in mainstream media would have revealed in the fifties if they wanted to protect their career from effects of the bigoted attitudes that prevailed at the time (and still persist, sadly, as some of the comments here reveal). While we may never know definitely, I think David’s hunch is very plausible.

    • Socially Extinct

      Exactly. You understood it. Your gay/Jewish analogy sums it all up.

      What is most socially profitable at that the time?

      A Black Patsy Cline would have never been heard. I wonder how many other who did owe up to their lineage have been pushed into the netherworlds of historical anonymity?

      • Rhonda Ann Godwin

        Well, there’s the King. Elvis Presley admitted to having both Cherokee and Jewish blood and it didn’t hurt him one tiny bit. He even funded a Jewish institution in the States as he felt all of his roots & responsibility, as an true earthking would.

        A good sound is a good sound. To think that Patsy would have lost her fan base if she’d outed herself is plain silly. I was taken, over 50 years ago, by my “white” parents to see Satcho in Alberta, Canada, because he, like Elvis, like Patsy, was GOOD. Period.

        I personally see both AmerIcan Indian (the intense spirituality – knowing and saying she would die & did) and negro blood in Patsy. Geneticists have long known that anyone who descends from pioneers & settlers in NA has native blood. Many tribes kept slaves(often quadroons) so….. Yet, to this day it is best to keep this under wraps if it doesn’t show as it still isn’t socially profitable, at least in Canada, and often one must have a very brave heart if one is going to out oneself. Alas, some things never change. One step forward, two steps back. Quite likely Patsy, like myself, was totally unaware of her true roots – the only reason I can think of, as to why she never revealed this as she had the heart and voice (Perfect Pitch) of a lioness.

        • At what point in his career did he “come out” with his Jewish background? Was it early or later? The matrilineal basis of determining Jewishness dictated his identification, but why did he choose to outwardly practice Christianity?

          • Rhonda Ann Godwin

            Elvis never, ever, “came out,” as he didn’t identify as a Jew, considering he may have been a sixteenth or less. He was proud to be a Heinz 57, like the majority of us who have some true clue to our roots. He, to the best of my knowledge, and his mother, were proud of all the blood lines they carried, which happened to include on Gladys’ side, Jewish and Cherokee.

            I have a recording of Elvis in the early 50’s saying his unique style came from his love of Negro Spirituals. That statement likely irked a lot of people in Tennessee at the time. Police, in his early days, stood guard at concerts to make sure Elvis the Pelvis only moved his little finger while on stage. Kings aren’t so easily intimidated, nor are they ashamed of their roots. They are strong enough to be who they really are, as a very young Elvis’ statement regarding the Spirituals proves.

            I imagine a racially Jewish ancestor of Elvis’ became Christian (saw the light, so to speak) – happens lots, or whatever. Elvis was a Christian through and through, not a Jew. He practiced a religion based on Judeao Christianity as do all Christians, a religion founded on Jewish teachings. Jesus was a Jew, no? Elvis supported Jews and no doubt would have supported anyone, regardless of race or religion, based on their merit. No doubt, knowing he had a Jewish ancestor, he had a soft spot, a gratefulness for Jewry, realizing he was the sum total of those who had come before him, making him what he was, who he was, as do I though I know only a tiny bit, all considered, in the grander scheme of who made who!


    I’m going to go with David on this. Patsy’s black, somewhere. But who cares? The good news is; hardly anyone. We celebrate talent.

    • Benjamin Dodman

      Being a descendant of the Cline family line I can tell you that she was mixed Native American.

  • patsy was definitely,black.look at the texture of her is so course.
    And her body is that of a black woman as well.the huskiness if her voice is a dead give away.

    • Rhonda


      • Benjamin Dodman

        I am Cline family descendant, she was mixed Native American.

        • Stoytam

          Have you don a dna test to prove the native blood? Alot of whites claimed Native American when it was actually Black blood. DNA test will answer this.

  • Randall

    The following link shows her ancestry going back several generations. The names of all eight of her great-grandparents are listed. Seven of the eight were born in Virginia; the birthplace of the other one is unknown but is also likely to have been in Virginia, so her 14 immediate ancestors all stayed put in Virginia. Based on this information there’s no way to point to any one of her ancestors and say that one of them was black or Native American. We can only speculate about any non-white ancestry that Patsy had.

    • Randall

      Oops, I goofed. Only four of her eight great-grandparents are listed. Those four are from her father’s side. Maybe the mysterious non-white lineage is from her mother’s side.

      • Socially Extinct

        Interesting, that. Her maternal legacy was kept under wraps? Hmm.

  • Robert

    I believe there was some African American ancestry there. I grew up in the Shenandoah Valley and Patsy was as popular with African American woman as she was with whites. It was as if they knew something about her ancestry! Miscegenation was very common in the Valley although socially it was frowned upon. Light skinned blacks frequently passed for white and became part of the white population without no one ever knowing their true origins. My mother grew up in Page County and moved to Front Royal, Virginia. In Page County there was a large population of light skinned blacks and upon moving to Warren County she would cross paths with them while they were trying to pass for white with their white spouses.

    Pats Cline looks like a light skinned black woman with full lips and a full nose. In African American circles she would be considered high yellow or a redbone!

  • Victor

    It’s obvious to me as well. I agree with the original post. What a tragic loss at such a young age. Patsy was amazing!

  • John

    1/4 indian

    • Socially Extinct


    • Socially Extinct

      Actually, I meant to add about the Native American/Patsy Cline hybrid theory is that, from personal experience (I am no expert and I admit this), a lot of American Indian women I’ve met (the more “pure” ones) are not exactly oozing in curves.

      Patsy Cline was buxom and curvy, just like a black woman. Black women have some of the best thick bodies in the world. Her color can be explained as Native American influence, but those hips? Nah, that’s some Black shit there!!

    • Rhonda Ann Godwin

      No, not likely. Probably 1/16th. Enough to give her that greatness, John. Look around. The people today who admit to being “dilute.” Angelina Joli & Brad Pitt (tho’ her father tries to deny her mother’s own claims to Iroquois), Johnny Depp, Val Kilmer & on and on and on. It’s mindblowing and seems to be a prerequisite for greatness. New blood to the pool!

  • LadyLoo

    I also stumbled here by searching for “was patsy cline african-american?” being a mixed person, you often notice other mixed people. The fact that she was native makes sense, but many black and native people did mix in the south. This message board was AN AMAZING and informative look at social constructions and perceptions of race. SO ENLIGHTENED TO READ IT, and also some stuff here was totally bizarre.

  • T-Bomb

    Wow. What’s wrong with you people? Xanax exists, take it. I found this site because I was watching a spot for Opry Video Classics and it hit me that Patsy has features similar to a lot of my family. My Native American family. Beautiful features regardless of what race and NO, it’s not racist to wonder about someone’s ethnic background. It’s odd that people would think so. Of course, you always have rabble rousers who love turning nothing into something. Peace. Love. Rich, creamy coffee.

  • Bowmian

    I just watched an ad on tele and saw a video and thought OMG is Patsy Cline mixed race because she sure looks mixed race, I did a search and it brought me here. Of course it doesn’t matter to me what she is but I’m pretty convinced now that she definitely was.

  • plongwell

    Why is there a trend in so many of these posts to imply that being of American Indian descent is more desirable/acceptable than being of African-American descent? The level of emotion reflected in these posts says that it’s still a huge issue here and in our society. It’s a sad reflection on the collective us.

    • Socially Extinct

      Exactly. Kinda bears out my point about Cline’s mysterious ethnicity to begin with.

    • Rhonda Ann Godwin

      Not so many.

  • Onelook

    It only took one look to establish that this divine beauty has black blood, her hair eyes nose cheeks smile hips and most of all her sultry voice can only be belted out from the hollows of a black woman. #noracistimjustsaying I know my people when I see them, it shouldn’t matter just thought its worth noting

    • Socially Extinct

      Thank you. Some people see clearly. It’s so obvious.

      The point of my post wasn’t whether or not she was part Black. This is a given. I’m just commenting on the fact she needed to shield the public from that “distasteful” truth.

    • Rhonda Ann Godwin

      I know mine too and I have both black and Native American and she is both. Just dilute.

  • Winchester Virginia has long been known for its intermix true oof black and white locals…. Tough some try to hide this common (and obvious) knowledge!

  • Barbara Renick

    Many country and western singers are part Native American. I am sure she was from one of the “5 Civilized Tribes” (Creek, Cherokee, Choctaw, Chickasaw, and Seminole).

    Most Americans are mixed with oftentimes unknown heritages. Europeans are heavily mixed with Mongol, and North Africa is just a stone’s throw from the “White World.” The Moros of the Iberian Peninsula (Arabs) occupied Spain for centuries when followers of the three great monotheistic religions lived in relative peace together. The 3 Wisemen and Jesus himself born in the Middle East have mixed for a long time. Institutionalized Slavery in America has caused Americans much guilt, fear, anger, and resentment to this day. It’s in our genes.

    • Socially Extinct

      Yes, Patsy Cline might very well have been American Indian, but I don’t believe this would have been such a mark of “shame.” The fact none of her “alternative” lineage was ever mentioned must mean she is part Black.

  • R Evans

    How about her daughter does a Henry Louis Gates test ???????

  • JJ

    She could be. Way back when it was not uncommon to mix it up and hide it. On one of her songs she looks like a girl I used to date. That girl was polish and black. I would have never guessed until I saw here sister’s picture. Either way what a great voice!

  • Toni

    I found this page after feeling like hearing the song “Crazy,” just on a whim. I was on youtube and saw her photos with the video and she looks black to me, which is what got me googling and led me here. I’m black and she looks as black as me. My mother is African and Russian and my father’s mother was only a little black, mostly English and could have passed for white and his father was African-American. I turned out with dark hair, black eyes and features that look more European than African. A few people from my Grandmother’s family passed for white in the 1800s and I have cousins in New Zealand and Australia who had no idea of their African Ancestry until the 2000s. I agree with this poster, she looks black. If I did not know who she was, I’d assume she was biracial, without giving it a second though. Maybe she was part Native American rather than black, but she’s definitely not of pure European Ancestry. There are a lot of people in this country whose ancestry isn’t fully known to them. Whatever she was, she was awesome! Gorgeous and a spectacular singer. Love her!

  • Robert

    What surprises me most about Patsy Cline, is in write ups they always talk about how “plain” she was, and describe her as “plump”. Surely are they talking about the same Cline? To me, her features were strikingly beautiful. The big plump lips, those big beautiful brown eyes, her higher cheek bones, the gorgeous dark hair- perfect complexion. I think maybe by today’s standards, she would be considered a more plump woman. Patsy was very graciously bestowed. I often thought she did resemble Jessica Lange more than Bev D’Angelo. But Patsy was far from the homely way they describe her in books. Some do suggest she was considered beautiful for her day- but they often say she was not very beautiful at all. It really is amazing to me. She was really a gorgeous looking woman. One paper in the early 60s described her as Ava Gardner, Gina Lollobridgia, and Marylin Monroe all rolled into one.

  • sunee

    I agree. She looks part black. My brother’s mother-in-law is from VA and she has very white skin, dark eyes and brown “caucasian” hair. She identifies herself as African American. She could easily be thought of as white. Her ancestors are all very light skinned blacks. She married a light skinned black man. Her daughter, my bro’s wife, has porcelain white skin, but has black features. I’ve always thought Patsy looks part black. Her nose and her brow looks like a black woman’s face.I was wowed,but not shocked when Carol Channing admitted that her father was half black. Carly Simon’s mother is half black. ( I always thought both those women had black features). I bet Patsy was part black.

    • David

      Patsy Cline was so obviously part black.

  • Roxanne

    I agree with your completely. I have thought this ever since I was a teenager and feel in love with her. To me it is as obvious as you say.

  • Marcusny

    Um, the last post here is offensive. There is no tragic price anyone has to pay for being in an interracial relationship. In fact N/A you make it clear that the majority of the world is of mixed race. The majority of the world is not living tragic lives. Get real man. Back to the original post. I too have thought that Patsy Cline was part black and I too only noticed it when I saw the videos. Some have said that it would have been known at the time, but that is not always the case. If one of her ancestors was of mixed race and could pass, lets say in the 1800s, then that person could have moved to Winchester and married and lived a life and never told anyone. Many people did this in the old days in order to live a life free of the horrible discrimination that N/A so proudly espouses. So David, I see it too. She definitely looks like she could have had some color in her and I think it is great.

    • Thank you! Besides, one thing that I did not mention is that two of my nephews are married to “non-whites”-Asians actually. And they are not living tragic lives. Such a douchebrain! And gutless! N/A!

      • Rhonda Ann Godwin

        Too right, Mark!

        • Eddie

          How can somebody who has white skin be black?
          And also the name Hensley is 100% English
          If her name was Fitzgerald everyone would be saying
          She’s definitely Irish as 90 % of Americans claim.. LOL

  • N/A

    The reason she looks Asian or Hispanic and has dark looks is because she IS absolutely Native American and Native American Indians descend from Asians who crossed over and migrated to North America several thousand years ago, and then down into Mexico, Central America, and South America. This why Native Americans, as well as the Indians stills living in Mexico, Central America, and South America have a very strong Asian look. Pre-Spanish invasion.

    White Anglo Saxons do NOT have dark brunette hair, dark eye brows, or eyes. This is a clear and distinct sign of a person who is biracial, as there are only three (3) genetically pure human races, i.e. Black Africans, Brown Asians, and White Anglo Saxons. That is it. These are the ONLY three genetically pure races, and every person who walks the earth today is one, or more, or ONLY these three races. Many dark races in Southern Europe were ALL white Anglo Saxons at one time, until the Moors (black Africans) migrated and invaded Italy, Greece, Morroco, etc., forever changing the racial make-up of most all of Southern Europe, such as Italy, Greece, Spain, Albania, Romania, Morroco, and so on where the people are dark complected with dark hair, eye brows, eyes, etc…..

    Many biracial people now inhabit all corners of the world and only a few countries still have mostly pure races, such a African, Asia, and the Netherlands. But even these countries are slowly changing. Sadly, most people who are of mixed race, and those they love, pay a horrible price for it. Very, very tragic and horrible things happen to people who engage in interracial relationships, and to those they love who accept, support, and condone these illicit affairs. Just because people do it, does NOT mean it is okay. If we were all meant to be the same, sound the same, speak the same, look the same, etc., etc., etc., then that is exactly the way our Creator would have created us from the very beginning of human existence. You can believe whatever you want, but that is a fact. And if you engage in an interracial relationship then you too will pay a terrible price for doing so, just as Patsy Cline and many others around her, did. There are many, many examples of horrible and deadly tragedies connected to interracial mixing, such as Princess Diana and her boyfriend, Bruce Lee and his son, John Lennon, Judy Garland, Buddy Holly, Ritchie Valens, Christopher Reeves and his wife, Keanu Reeves, Natalie Wood, Laci Peterson, Nicole Brown Simpson, Sharon Tate, Dorothy Dandridge, Anna Nicole Smith, Jean Harlow, Steve McQueen, Paul Newman, Kirk Douglas, Chris Penn, Bruno Kirby, Matt Ruffalo, James Remar, Harry Houdini, Lenny Bruce, Marlon Brando, Cheyenne Brando, Loretta Lynn, Christian Brando, Bonnie Lee Bakely, Lana Clarkson, Johnny Cochran, Robert Kardashian, Susan St. James, Barbara Eden, Elvis Presley, Angelina Jolie, Olivia Newton-John, Victoria Principal, Andy Gibb, Kurt Cobain, Tommy Lee, Mike Wallace, Chris Matthews, Gene Siskel, Rodger Ebert, Allison Gertz, Chandra Levy, Jennifer Levin, Lana Turner, Virginia Hill, Bugsy Seigel, Pocahontas, Wyatt Earp, Billy the Kid, Alexander the Great, Cleopatra, Julia Roberts, Shania Twain, Carmen Electra, Katie Couric, Niki Taylor, Tiger Woods, Barack Obama Sr., Diana Hyland, Montel Williams, River Phoenix, Annette Funnicello, Ann Curry, Christy Turlington, Vanna White, Princess Grace of Monaco, Princess Caroline of Monaco, George Harrison, Linda McCartney, Micheal J. Fox, the Kennedy’s, the Jackson’s, William Shatner, William Holden, John Wayne, Vivien Liegh, the Onassis family, Denise Richards, Jenna Jamison, John Travolta, Sandra Bullock, Sylvestor Stallone, Christy Brinkley, Sam Kinison, Pauly Shore, Christian Slater, Suzanne Somers, Sean Penn, Josh Holloway, Brittany Murphy, Dana Plato, Brad Renfro, Jonathan Brandis, Burt Convey, Bob Crane, Dennis Cole, Alex Cord, Joanna Pettit, Josephine Baker, Halle Berry, Ann Jillian, Melody Scott Thomas, Hunter Tylo, Charles and Carol Stuart, Andrea Yates, Susan Smith, Goldie Hawn, Sony Bono, Natasha Richardson, Richard Harris, Lucky Luciano, Rita Hayworth, Liza Minelli, Ingrid Bergman, Clark Gable, Former Duchess of York Sarah Ferguson’s mother Susan White, Randy Rhoades, Vince Neil, Ozzie and Sharon Osbourne, and many, many more too numerous to name herein. If you too engage in an interracial relationship, you too will pay a very tragic price for it. Count on it!

    • Goldie Hawn, WTF? She’s as white as they come!

    • Dude, what is wrong with you?! How do you and WHY do you know all this stuff? And really, all the “crowned heads of Europe” did was inbreeding. Let me guess, I bet you have a “purebread” dog, right? I mean, if you think that people should be “purebread”, I guess your dogs should be too. Here is something to ponder. Most mutts have less health problems and live longer. And happier lives than you must. And I thought I WAS IN A BUNKER!

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    • Layla

      I would not even know where to start with that list except notably you have included Caucasians with Caucasians over and over…also people of the Middle East are considered Caucasian, Caucasian does not mean white skin only, you were correct in that there are only 3 major racial groups recognized by most Anthropologists but from there you lost me. Looking at your list it also looks as if you have classified being Jewish as a racial group which is incorrect as well.

    • Rhonda Ann Godwin

      Cukoo! Cukoo! OMG

    • Rhonda Ann Godwin

      No one will admit it, no one in so called “Science” as it affects their grants etc., but long before the fact came out that the OLDEST GEOLOGICAL LAND MASS IN THE WORLD happens to be near where I live: Hudson’s Bay, CANADA, it was well known (irrefutable proofs) that the Indians did not come across the Bering Strait to NA but were here, or someone like the Indians (read on to old Smithsonian Indian Jews!) were here for almost as long as the earth itself has been here. IF, IF we crawled up out of the water, as they said we did, (already disproven recently that we did not originate in Africa – sorry, my black cousins) then we crawed out at Hudson’s Bay. I prefer the biblical account of being created out of clay, but yes, the clay at Hudson’s Bay, because like Patsy, I know, have always known things I had no way of knowing.When I left my native land for Australia years ago I did not miss the people, my disfunctional family I was taking a break from, or anyone else. I missed the friggin’ dirt. The ground, the earth of my Canada. I told anyone who would listen to me that my oldest ancestor was Canadian, realized I had to be Indian regardless of green eyes and red hair. I am. I am the original people! You are all offshoots of me. Take that, Nazis’, racists!

  • Meade

    Patsy Cline was part NATIVE AMERICAN. Its very common in Virginia and in the South to be mixed like that. She is probably Shawnee Indian or something from the Shenandoah Valley. Aside form that, probably German and Scotch-Irish. Her maiden name Hensley is English.

    • David

      Yeah, I’ve considered the Native American angle.

      I’m not convinced. Her physiognomy is more Black than anything else. Next someone is going to tell me she was part Thai.

  • SouthAustin

    The technology exists today to determine whether this is true or not. A genealogical DNA test of a direct descendant could put this to rest once and for all. “Indian” ie Native American is the standard white southern fallback position for whites who exhibit any kind of non Caucasian features (followed by goat, dinosaur, little green men – anything but black ! LOL) so I would take those claims with a grain of salt. One thing people need to keep in mind is that many white southerners have black blood and are totally clueless about it. After slavery, many blacks who could pass for white, did just that.It’s not something that they would have broadcast to the world – a secret like that could have landed them at the end of a rope.

    • David


      I don’t give a shit what Patsy Cline was.

      But the fact there is so much opposition to the idea of her being black is just too damned amusing.

        I don’t care, I mean I really don’t.
        When are we going to stop worrying about this crap? This calls for a serious WTF?!
        Most important to me is that I am an A M E R I C A N. That is it.
        Now my heritage, where the family tree is from, is Europe.
        My mom’s mom was from Edinburgh, Scotland. My mom’s dad could trace his tree, supposedly, to the Mayflower. Both my dad’s parents were from Odessa, The Ukraine. And ooooh, you already know this, but-DA HORROR!-they were. . .Jewish!
        Go ahead and make a big deal about that.
        I do not look at race when sizing up an individual. That is why people I know and like can be from any damn group. Who cares?
        Again, the group I care about is the American group. And that is what I am.
        Until we get there, all this race-obsesion does his hold all of us back.

        • David

          “American” is not a race lol!

        • Rhonda Ann Godwin

          You reminded me of the sweetest guy I met some years ago in Australia: A Polish Jew, who was trying to convince me I should go to Israel. I did not want to, feeling little for it. At one point I asked him if it was so great, why hadn’t he stayed there. He emphatically stated: “I don’t want to live with just a bunch of Jews! Take old photos of the Indian Chiefs in the Smithsonian, photoshop out the braids & feathers, put a keepah on their heads & there you have it: A bunch of old Jews! And the reason my friend insisted I was Jewish (many have) when in fact I am Lakota, Cree, Inuk, British, European, etc.

    • Apple

      Exactly!! I didn’t see your comment until I poste

  • Amy

    She resembles my grandmother, who was around 3/4 white, the rest mostly Amerindian (Creek, Cherokee, Choctaw) and also a little bit of black ancestry (going way back to the 1600s).

    Patsy Cline’s Wikipedia page attributes her deep, powerful voice to a throat infection she had as a child:

    “A serious illness as a child caused a throat infection which, according to Cline, resulted in her gift of ‘a voice that boomed like Kate Smith’s.'”

    • David

      Wow, did any of that coloring make its way into your genes?

      Yeah, I don’t doubt for a second that Patsy Cline had a significant amount of “non-European” blood in her, but it’s the facade and obvious lack of acknowledgment which is like blood to my bloodhound nose.

      I would still like to see photos of her parents.

      • Amy

        Not really. My mother had dark eyes, thick dark hair, and olive skin, as her mother did. My eyes are hazel, hair’s reddish brown, skin tone’s lighter too but still sort of golden (and unlike Mom, I get freckles). Got an infusion of paleness from Scandinavian/German genes on Dad’s side of the family.

        Except for the little bit of Cherokee on the other side of her family, Mom had no idea how much non-white ancestry she had. Seems to have been a secret for many generations.

  • Mike

    Thinly veiled racist nonsense here. She was soulful, dark featured and sexy. Oh, then no way could she be white. Puh-lease. I think out of all her friends, family and associates (many of whom are still living) at least one of them would know if she was mixed race.

    • David

      Perhaps but no one is talking.

      I kinda figured this might be interpreted as racist, but that’s not my intention at all. How come there are no photos of Cline’s parents? She did not look like your typical Southern Belle.

    • Toni

      Why is implying that she’s got black ancestry racist? I think she does, but that in no way is meant to imply that white women can’t be soulful and sexy. We’re responding to they way she looks in photos and merely speculating about that as it relates to her voice. I think Amy Winehouse and Adele sound soulful, but neither looks black. Of course white women can sing soulfully, dance soulfully and be super sexy. Patsy Cline just happens to LOOK like a person of color.

      • Apple

        Thank you. You raised some good points. I think so too. As a black person, I was very offended by some of the comments here

        • Angela

          People will always say and do things that may offend you…its up to you whether you get offended or not ………….. Everyone on this thread is of mixed race aren’t none of us 100% anything but human …and that’s from my pal white Irish fingers

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    • Rhonda Ann Godwin

      Just as a doctor will tell you we can inherit a misshapen kidney from a parent or ancestor we can inherit a larynyx. Patsy could have looked pure white (which she does not but her features & voice could easily have come from the Moors in Spain centuries before who worked their diluted way up to Britain, Eireland, etc., then to the Americas, and not from recent slavery) so who gives a shit, anyway? All good! Not racism, just interest, Mike.

  • John

    Not a drop of negroid blood in the gal, period. This “story” is typical liberal claptrap, right out of the psychotic liberal loony bin with several dashes of liberal excrement. Cline did have some Indian within her, that’s quite clear. To lay any notion of negroid is beyond disgusting, insulting and patently an outright lie.

    Cline was, hands down, beyond words, an unparalleled talent to say the least.

    I agree that Cline was the great CW vocalist of her time but it’s fans like you who made her keep so many secrets!

    • Apple

      Wow… “negroid” and “disgusting” in the same sentence in the 21st century… talk about racist. No wonder Patsy and family kept any possible traces of “negroid” heritage a secret.

      And as for the family member who seemed a little offended and adamant that Patsy has no black heritage, It seems always fashionable and preferable for some white people to rather proclaim having “Native American” (or even Asian) ancestry oppose to African American.

      But guess what.. A lot of “white” people in America (especially in the South) do have African American ancestry and they may not be aware of it. During and post slavery, a lot of mixed/light skinned black people passed themselves off as “white” or even part Native American for obvious social reasons. They went on the marry whites and had off-springs. Do the math…

  • kelly sidaway

    She was not black, not that there would’ve been anything wrong with that . I happened to stumble across this thread and thought I would let you know . The Hensley’s were Native American . I know this because I am a descendant of her brother . There is no African American ancestry in her . Thank you though for keeping her spirit alive by remembering her today .

    Mmm entirely possible. Cher had no qualms about disguising her N/A background. Would it have hampered Patsy Cline’s career? I think not. Wasn’t Johnny Cash part Indian? I have no idea. Do you know where I can find photos of the Hensley’s? This is the key, I would love to know what her parents looked like.

  • David

    And actually, my main presupposition with this post was not the “was” she part black aspect of the story, but the “so what” aspect.

    The fact that we live roles in this culture but the roles are not our own doing.
    The roles are prefabricated ruts we can choose to fill (or not).
    Depends on what we expect in return. Do we expect fame, fortune? Well then, we will do our best to live out the role.

    Patsy Cline was just one of many who felt the need to fill a role to its most unrealistic level. Not of not being white, but of not being black.

  • David

    Nice find there SD.

    Tarl, you’re correct in the respect that communal word of mouth carries the word of truth for its time.

    But many of the quantitative facts of the day don’t translate well to our modern info era. If it was discussed in hushed undertones in 1955, I don’t assume it necessarily translates into our information gathering generation. I would call that “lost in translation.” I wonder how many tidbit of underground knowledge have been purged during the transition to the digital age.

    • JQ240SX

      @David: It seems that people like you take some kind of a conniption when a White delivers as soulfully as Patsy Cline did. It’s like “what? She’s gotta have some Black in her….” You put on your racist goggles and turn on the tilt switch beyond nitpicking. One can only wonder who the real racists are ….

      Next thing you’ll squawk about is that Rocky Marciano (the only undefeated WHITE heavy weight champ, and of that era no less) was Black too.

      • Your Lowness

        LOL at your Rocky Marciano allusion.

        I was merely remarking that Pasy Cline looks multi-racial.

        Of course White women can deliver such vocals. Maria McKee for chrissakes!

  • Tarl

    I don’t see how such a thing could NOT have been known in Winchester VA, where she was born and grew up, in the 1930s/40s/50s. If there is no trace of speculation, that suggests it wasn’t so.

    • Rhonda Ann Godwin

      Bull shit! Big bull shit! There probably were people who whispered about it but eventually gave it up for the most part until it was only a silly rumour as the Hensleys conducted themselves as white, believing themselves to be white, they came to be white, seen as white, known as white. But when they got out into the real world they would, like me, learn who they really were (the questions, mostly) and I’d bet it was part of Patsy’s experience though her mother, like mine, would blow her off when she asked what she “really” was. If, in fact, her mother even knew.

  • This has some material about Patsy’s ancestry.

    There were a lot of musicians with part African-American heritage who just passed. As long as they didn’t overtly discuss it, and it wasn’t too obvious, people preferred not to ask questions.

    • Rhonda Ann Godwin

      In many, perhaps most cases, people (anyone who descended from early settlers or pioneers) preferred to not as questions as most would be afraid to cast the first stone!