50 years ago today, country music legend Patsy Cline was killed in a plane crash at the age of 30.

Patsy Cline's musical career started to grow some roots back in 1947 when she first sang on radio. That performance went so well that she was asked to sing again, which then led to appearances at night clubs and performances in hometown variety shows. She signed her first recording contract in 1955 and, while she wasn't quite happy with the arrangement, she got to appear on the Grand Ole Opry on several occasions and she did her first national television appearance. In 1956, she performed "Walkin' After Midnight" on another national TV show and due to demand from listeners to radio stations across the country after seeing her on TV, she released that song as a single. From 1956 to 1963, she had four songs reach #1 or #2 on the country music charts, all of which define country music: "Walkin' After Midnight," "I Fall to Pieces," "Crazy," and "She's Got You."