Returning to Nashville from Kansas City where they'd participated in a benefit for the survivors of a recently expired Kansas City DJ named Cactus Jack Call, the stars were heading east aboard a Piper Comanche four-seater. In the pilot seat was Randy Hughes, Patsy Cline's manager and Cowboy Copas' son-in-law. Shortly after 6PM, the aircraft went down after being pummeled by high winds and powerful storms. The crash site (a marker was finally erected in 1996) is just outside Camden, Tennessee - about 90 miles west of Nashville.
Today, we'll commemorate the three fallen stars with a trio of mournful and tear-inducing tribute records.
Bonus: Rusty Adams went whole hog; both sides of his record pay tribute to the deceased Grand Ole Opry stars. Dateline Disaster gets downright weird, with a DJ explaining the spooky events he experienced in the broadcast booth when he learned of the disaster in the midst of an air shift.