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Remembering March 5, 1963

Tuesday, March 5th, 2013

patsy-clineToday is the fiftieth anniversary of the tragic plane crash that claimed the lives of Opry stars Hawkshaw Hawkins and Cowboy Copas, pilot Randy Hughes, and most famously, the now-iconic Patsy Cline.

Several events have been held to commemorate the tragedy, including a recent Country Music Hall of Fame panel discussion as well as the “Gone, But Not Forgotten” music festival that was held March 2 in Camden, Tennessee (the town in which the crash site is located).  The anniversary has also been the subject of some fine articles that are well worth reading, such as this piece

by Peter Cooper for The Tennessean.

Today seems like a particularly appropriate time to revisit the music of the three stars who perished that night, all of whom left behind strong musical legacies whose value has not diminished with time.

Embedded below is a video that features Patsy Cline singing her classic “Leavin’ On Your Mind,” the final single she released before her death, after which she had a pair of posthumous classic hits with “Sweet Dreams” and “Faded Love.”

Be sure also to check out Kevin’s fine piece on Cline from Country Universe’s 100 Greatest Women countdown.

Cowboy Copas performs “Alabam,” his twelve-week number one smash from 1960.

Finally, here’s Hawkshaw Hawkins with “Lonesome 7-7203,” his final single release and only Billboard number one hit.

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