Source: Los Angeles Times
|Lloyd Estel Copas|
When the plane went down on that fateful day, Lloyd "Cowboy" Copas was the biggest star on board. Copas was a veteran favorite and a deft guitarist who burst onto the country scene with four consecutive top 10 hits in the 1940s ending up on the cover of Billboard magazine.
Also on board was Hawkshaw Hawkins, a rising, charismatic star on a roll, married to future Country Music Hall of Fame star Jean Shepard. Harold Franklin Hawkins, later known as Hawkshaw Hawkins, was an American country music singer popular from the 1950s into the early 60s known for his rich, smooth vocals and music drawn from blues, boogie and honky tonk. Hawkins had just released what would become his first and only No. 1 country hit, Lonesome 7-7203.
When Hawkins left that morning, he bent over the empty baby crib awaiting the birth of his new son. His wife, Jean, was eight months pregnant. Harold Franklin Hawkins Jr. was born April 8, 1963, less than a month after the crash.
|Ramsey (Randy) Hughes|
Hughes' plane dove into the hard, cold winter woods near Camden, 85 miles west of Nashville. The plane's impact was like an egg hurled to the ground. No survivors. No chance.
|Country singer Patsy Cline |
was killed in a plane crash,
March 5, 1963.
(Photo: Courtesy photo)
That crash marked an unprecedented loss to the country music community. March of 1963 was a month of tragedy and devastation in Nashville. Days after the plane went down, on the same day of a Cline memorial, Jack Anglin of popular duo Johnnie & Jack died in a single-car accident on Due West Avenue in Madison. And later that month, former “Opry” star “Texas” Ruby Fox perished in a trailer fire.
And the music goes on beating to the rhythm of the changing times...