Patsy Cline, crash victims honored after 50 years

Patsy Cline, crash victims honored after 50 years (Image 1)

March 5, 1963 is one of the darkest days in country music history. A plane carrying superstar Patsy Cline and three others crashed in Camden, Tennessee killing all on board.

Country music stars Hawkshaw Hawkins and Cowboy Copas, along with Cline's manager Randy Hughes, were on the plane headed to Nashville after a benefit concert.

Fifty years after the crash, an event is scheduled to remember those who were killed.

“Gone But Not Forgotten” will include three days of music and panel discussions with Opry legends Bill Anderson and Jean Shepard.

Shepard was married to Hawkins at the time of his death. The two had a one-year-old child and Shepard gave birth to a second child two months following the plane crash.

Shepard told Nashville's News 2 she believes Cline's death overshadowed the others.

“A lot of people thought I resented Patsy Cline,” Shepard said. “I didn't resent Patsy, I just resented the emphasis that was put on her and not the other people on the airplane.”

Shepard is working to bring attention to the other victims, but to also honor Cline on the 50th anniversary.

“Gone But Not Forgotten” will be held from February 28 through March 2 at the Country Music Hall of Fame.

Cline is known for her hit songs such as “Walking' After Midnight” and “Crazy.”

For more information on the Country Music Hall of Fame, visit their Web site.

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