Posted by purplemary54 on October 15, 2014
I’m not sure anything I have to say about “Sweet Dreams” would really do this song justice. Patsy Cline’s performance on this song is masterful, made even more bittersweet by knowing it was one of the last songs she recorded before her death in March of 1963.
Cline’s version wasn’t the first. Songwriter Don Gibson recorded his own composition in 1956, and it was a top ten hit on the Country chart. Country singer Faron Young also recorded “Sweet Dreams” in 1956, and had an even bigger hit with it. Gibson re-recorded it in 1960. Emmylou Harris, Reba McEntire, Tammy Wynette, and even Elvis Costello have all tried their vocal cords at this classic. But Patsy Cline owns this song. You can hear it in every single note. I don’t know what she was thinking while she sang, but she took what could’ve been just another generic performance and turned it into the purest, loveliest heartbreak imaginable.