Charline Arthur’s “Unladylike” Style Was Banned in Nashville


Charline Highsmith Arthur was born in September  2, 1929, in Henrietta, Texas, in a railroad boxcar. Her family moved to Paris, Texas, when she was four. She was a country music singer that Elvis Presley once described as “one of the finest.” Charline’s bluesy, rocking country sound and her wild stage antics are considered to have influenced Patsy Cline and Presley. She is now considered a pioneer of rockabilly music. She was the first female country musician to attempt to express a unique, “unladylike” style that was not accepted in Nashville.

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