MARCH 5, 1963
The darkest day in country music history...
Patsy Cline, Cowboy Copas, Hawkshaw Hawkins
and Randy Hughes were killed in a plane
crash near Camden, Tennessee



Crazy
Written by Willie Nelson
Recorded by Patsy Cline August 21 1961

Legends aside this crash was a tragedy of enormous,
personal proportions.

Jean Shepard was married to Hawkshaw Hawkins who was
killed along with Patsy Cline and Cowboy Copas in the plane
crash. She was pregnant with Hawkshaw's son at the time.

Kathy Hughes lost not only her father, Cowboy Copas, but,
her husband, Randy Hughes who was ALSO the pilot of the
plane and who made the decision to fly onto Nashville, after
refueling in Dyersburg, even though the weather was bad.

Charlie Dick, Patsy's widower, was left with two small children
who now had no mother.

"Three familiar voices are suddenly silent today.
And over an ugly hole on a Tennessee hillside,
the heavens softly weep."
Paul Harvey



The most popular female country singer in recording history, Patsy Cline has
achieved icon status since her tragic early death at age thirty in 1963. Cline is
invariably invoked as a standard for female vocalists, and she has inspired
scores of singers including K D Lang, Loretta Lynn, Linda Ronstadt, Trisha
Yearwood, and Wynonna Judd.
Her brief career produced the #1 jukebox hit of all time, Crazy (written by
Willie Nelson) and her unique, crying style and vocal impeccability have
established her reputation as the quintessential torch singer.
[Country Music Hall Of Fame, Nashville, Tennessee]

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Trivia: Had Patsy lived to get back to Nashville, the next song she was to record
was entitled simply "Blue". After her death, no artist would go near the song.
It's rumored several female artists including Patsy's good friend Loretta Lynn were
offered the chance, no one took Patsy's record company on the offer. The song
went unrecorded for over thirty years, until a young LeAnn Rimes was offered
the chance to sing the song. To honor Patsy, LeAnn tried to sing the song in
Patsy Cline's style. "Blue" would go on to be LeAnn's first #1 single.
"Blue", was released when LeAnn was only 13 years old, and by age 24
she had sold over 37 million albums.

Listen to LeAnn Rimes sing Blue (When Crazy Finishes)


Patsy's Birth Place Gore, Virginia
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