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Always...Patsy Cline, The Round Barn Theatre, Amish Acres, Nappanee, Indiana
Production Advisor Charlie Dick
A CLOSER WALK WITH PATSY CLINE is sanctioned by the Patsy Cline Estate. Charlie became her road manager, tending to her and the kids. After Patsy's death, Charlie went into record promotion and hit the big time with sales of Red Sovine's "Teddy Bear". In 1983, he became co-owner of Hallway Productions: Nashville, a video production company that made country music documentaries on such stars as Patsy Cline, Ernest Tubb, Loretta Lynn, George Jones and Willie Nelson. Charlie helped form Patsy's fan club that is operated by his brother Mel at P.O. Box 2236, Winchester, VA 22604.
Charlie helped keep Patsy's legacy alive.
Charlie Dick with Mandy Barnett and Patsy Cline's daughter Julie Fudge Charlie Dick, the widower of country legend Patsy Cline, died Sunday (Nov. 8) in Nashville at age 81. Charlie became heavily involved in the Nashville music scene after Patsy's death and devoted much of his life to preserving Patsy's legacy. Patsy and Charlie married in 1957 and stayed together until Patsy's death in a plane crash in 1963. Their relationship was immortalized in the hit movie Sweet Dreams, where Charlie was portrayed by actor Ed Harris. Patsy and Charlie had two children, daughter Julie and son Randy. After Patsy's death, Charlie worked in promotions at Starday Records. In his later years, he made considerable efforts to ensure that Patsy's legacy and estate were protected. He lived in Nashville the remainder of his life. Charlie helped keep Patsy's legacy alive. Read More
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What became of Charlie Dick and the children after Patsy's death?
Charlie, Julie and Randy all continue to live in the Nashville area. After Patsy's death, Charlie himself began a career in the music industry as National Director of Promotion for Starday Records. He has also worked with Hallway Productions, which has produced several video biographies of music personalities, including "The Real Patsy Cline" and "Remembering Patsy. Charlie remarried, in 1965, to singer Jamey Ryan. Charlie and Julie make regular appearances for Patsy related events, including the annual Labor Day Weekend gathering in Winchester, Virginia. Memorials to Patsy within Shenandoah include the North and South entrance gates, built under the direction of Charlie Dick, each containing a plaque dedicating them in Patsy's memory.
Country music legend Patsy Cline and Charles Dick, at a private home in Winchester, Va.
Charles worked as a linotype operator for the Winchester Star.
Patsy Cline's Husband Charlie
All are roles once or currently filled by former Winchester resident Charlie Dick, who is more famously known as the husband of legendary singer Patsy Cline.Charlie was a part of Patsy's life for about seven years - they began dating in 1956 and married in 1957, and the union ended in 1963 with Cline's death at the age of 30.Their life together was central to the 1985 film "Sweet Dreams.""It's a good movie if you like fiction," said the semi-retired Dick, who was portrayed as abusive to his famous wife."We were both hard-headed and hot-tempered," he said during a telephone interview from his Nashville-area home.While their relationship was tempestuous, the nature of their marriage has been described over the years in biographies, films, and video."I think most of it's out by now," Dick said.charlie2.jpg (7053 bytes)Charlie Dick: recently (above), and a few years ago....(below) Dick admitted that the marriage "was not all a bed of roses" and has said he did strike Cline once to calm her down."She got hysterical one night."As for what Patsy's fans believe about the behavior ascribed to him in the 1985 film, Dick joked: "Nobody [tried to] beat the hell out of me yet."Born on May 24, 1934, at his family's home near Whitehall, Charles A. Dick became a Winchester resident at a fairly young age.His family lived on National Avenue, and young Charlie started attending Virginia Avenue Elementary School in the third grade.The following year, the boy - small for his age - tagged along with some friends and transferred to Handley High School, which had grades 4-12 at the time.He attended through the 1950 school year, dropping out when he was 15 or 16."I didn't get along with teachers very well," Charlie said.Once out of school, he ended up working as a linotype operator for The Winchester Evening Star.This job, however, wasn't his first exposure to the newspaper.As a younger boy, he helped Butch Boxwell, a newspaper carrier with a large route, and then later took on his own newspaper delivery route.His territory ranged from the former newspaper offices on Boscawen Street down to the present-day site of Quarles Elementary School.Dick said he was then given a route closer to his home.He moved from deliveries to circulation, wrapping packages and engaging in similar work.Once he quit school, Dick said, one of his bosses gave him a shot at learning linotype for the afternoon paper."He let me go in there and learn at night."The paper's advertising director at the time also assisted Dick, helping him with his English and teaching him how to hyphenate text at the end of a line.The ex-linotype operator still showed pride in his former work during his recent interview, stating that there were no "ragged rights" - uneven right margins, such as in this story - in the paper of that era."Every line was justified [spaced to end evenly]," he said.The two met in Berryville at one of her singing dates, and when Dick asked her to dance, she declined the offer, saying she couldn't dance while working, Dick said.Later, he saw her dancing with someone, and asked her about it.It was then that Charlie and Patsy began their relationship, Dick said.Around that time (between meeting Patsy and being drafted into the Army in March 1957), Charlie left the newspaper.While they were dating, Charlie accompanied Cline to New York in the early summer of 1956 for her second audition for Arthur Godfrey's "Talent Scouts" television show.That same month, Charlie was drafted, and left to join the Army in March 1957.Their separation didn't last long, though, as the couple decided to marry on Sunday, Sept. 15, 1957 - one week after Cline's 25th birthday.After the wedding, the two moved to Fayetteville, N.C., because Charlie was stationed at Fort Bragg."Oh boy!We'll put you in psychological warfare," is how Dick remembered his first Army assignment.He said he had been asked about his civilian occupation and, with his background in linotype work, he was directed toward psychological warfare, which produced leaflets and similar items.Later, Dick was a motor pool dispatcher, which wasn't too hard, since the motor pool had about 20 vehicles and he dispatched about two each day."Other than having to be there, the Army was nothing [difficult] ...I just fell into everything," Dick said.The couple eventually moved back to Winchester in March 1959, after Dick's two years of draft service ended.They lived in a house in Colonial Heights off Berryville Avenue, but didn't stay long, deciding to head to Nashville."We moved on government money," Charlie said, noting that he had continued to receive allotment checks after he was discharged from military service.He and Patsy had cashed and spent the first check, believing that no more were coming.Five or six more arrived, though, and they kept the wrongly sent checks.When they decided to move, the two "cashed them and took off," Dick said, adding that they paid the money back later. --- While Patsy recorded in Nashville, Charlie found work at a printing shop, and eventually worked as a union printer for two Nashville newspapers.By 1960, Patsy - who had been signed by Four Star records and then leased to Decca records - was signed to a Decca recording contract, Charlie said.Charlie Dick and Julie Fudge (the daughter of Patsy Cline and Charlie) greet fans during the Shenandoah Apple Blossom Festival Grand Feature Parade on May 5, 2001.Charlie said he found Patsy's hospital bill recently.She was hospitalized for 33 days, and "the hospital bill was $1,200.""The dates were looking good, and the money was looking good, and we needed it," Charlie said.She asked him to help her on the road temporarily, dealing with disc jockeys and almost acting as a road manager."I didn't really know what I was doing," Dick said, even though his job became more permanent.Charlie applied, got the position, and stayed for eight years.In 1965 he married again, to another woman in the country music business, Jamey Ryan.The couple had a son in 1968, Charlie Dick Jr., known as "Chip."Jamey and Charlie married on July 4 - "a lot of fireworks," he said - and divorced in 1972."I was in Daytona at the races . . . ," he recalled."We're still friends."Charlie worked as an independent promotions man after leaving Starday.In 1980, the "Coal Miner's Daughter" - a biography of Loretta Lynn - renewed interest in Cline and her career, he said.In the mid-1980s, he met two Canadian brothers who wanted to produce videos about country stars, including Jim Reeves, Marty Robbins, and Patsy Cline."I was the last one they found," Charlie said.He agreed to work with them, but only "if I could have control" to clear up the discrepancies he said were in "Sweet Dreams."Charlie helped to set up interviews for the resulting video, "The Real Patsy Cline," and watched the editing process as well.When the brothers decided to open an office in Nashville, they offered to let Charlie run it.He also became a part-owner in the company.However, just as the brothers wanted to branch out into pop music profiles, "Patsy got hot as pistol," in the eyes of the public, Charlie said.Dick sold his portion of the business, and began handling Patsy's estate with the company Legacy Inc.That company was established after the family heard about two stage shows, "Always, Patsy Cline" and "A Closer Walk With Patsy Cline."Dick said the original intent was to close the shows, but instead the company was created and licensed the productions. --- Dick, who is listed in the phone book, also keeps in contact with fans and listens to their stories - such as that of a woman whose 4-year-old daughter loves Cline's songs and can sing a half-dozen of them.Although he sometimes has to correct erroneous information, he said of Patsy's fans, "I'm amazed at the things they do know."Dick remembered a chance meeting with a woman at