Move over Michael Jackson. Patsy Cline is coming back too, and in the form of a holographic image according to Hologram USA and the singer’s estate. Patsy Cline will be the very first country legend to be revived in hologram form, and will be used in performances, commentary, and even participate in audience interaction.
“We debuted our hologram technology to the Country music world with Jimmy Kimmel at the Country Music Awards. Now Patsy Cline will demonstrate how we can bring all the warmth and virtuosity of a true icon back for new audiences,” said Alki David, CEO of Hologram USA, in a press release. Kimmel appeared simultaneously in L.A. and Nashville during last November’s CMA ceremony. “We chose Patsy as our first Country hologram project, and our first female hologram project, for a reason: she was a pioneer who influenced generations of singers around the globe.”
Though her career was short lived, Patsy Cline is considered one of the female country singers all others are measured by. Songs like “Crazy,” “I Fall to Pieces,” and “Walking After Midnight” have since become stalwart standards of the country music songbook, and as the choice to make a hologram proves, Patsy’s influence and popularity withstand the test of time. It will be interesting to see if the hologram withstands the test of time too. Maybe technology is the way to keep the old country greats alive if the industry continues to abandon them.
“We are very glad to share Patsy and her music with this new technology and format and honored by Hologram USA’s choice to have her as the first,” said Cline’s widower Charles Dick. “I am sure her fans, old and new, will be thrilled.”
Patsy Cline died tragically on March 5th, 1963 in a plane crash that also took the lives of Cowboy Copas, Hawkshaw Hawkins and Randy Hughes. She was 30-years-old.