Remembering March 5, 1963
March 5, 2009
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Forty-six years ago today, on one of the darkest days in country music history, a private plane carrying Opry stars Cowboy Copas, Hawkshaw Hawkins, and Patsy Cline, as well as Cline’s manager Randy Hughes, crashed near Camden, Tennessee, killing all on board. They were returning from Kansas City, where they had taken part in a benefit concert for the family of Cactus Jack Call who had died in an automobile accident. Hawkshaw Hawkins was married to Jean Shepard who is still a regular performer on the Opry.
Cline’s musical legacy is well known, but Cowboy Copas and Hawkshaw Hawkins are unfamiliar names to many people today. Here are some examples of some of the great music all three of them left behind:
The person making the introduction in this next clip is Little Jimmy Dickens, who is currently the longest serving member of the Opry, having recently celebrated his 60th anniversary as a cast member: