On March 5, 1963 a plane crash took the lives of three of country music's greatest stars, Patsy Cline, Hawkshaw Hawkins and Cowboy Copas. Also killed in the crash was Clines manager and pilot of the plane Randy Hughes. Approximately 85 miles west of Nashville, the plane ran into turbulence and crashed. Forensic examination concluded that everyone aboard had been killed instantly. Shortly before her death, Patsy recorded the single "Sweet Dreams", which became #5 on the country charts after her untimely death at age 30. Hawkins recorded legacy was treated haphazardly in the three decades after his death, but in 1991, Bear Family Records released a comprehensive, multi-disc overview of his RCA and Columbia records, called "Hawk." Cowboy Copas' last single, "Goodbye Kisses" hit the top-fifteen in April, 1963, a month after his death. Randy Hughes also had a recording career before becoming Cline's manager.
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