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[Audio] Remembering Patsy Cline & the Plane Crash That Took Her Life in Northwest Tennessee

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February 3, 1959 is often called "The Day the Music Died" but it isn't the only day that can make that unfortunate claim.  The phrase is often associated with the deaths of rock and roll pioneers Buddy Holly, Ritchie Valens and J.P. "Big Bopper" Richardson, but March 5, 1963 would prove as devastating to country and western music. That day, a green and yellow Piper Comanche single-engine aircraft plowed into the ground near Camden, Tennessee, claiming the lives of "Hawkshaw" Hawkins, "Cowboy" Copas and Patsy Cline.

Todd Hatton speaks with Murray State history professor Ted Franklin Belue about the details of that tragic day.

Todd Hatton hails from Paducah, Kentucky, where he got into radio under the auspices of the late, great John Stewart of WKYX while a student at Paducah Community College. He also worked at WKMS in the reel-to-reel tape days of the early 1990s before running off first to San Francisco, then Orlando in search of something to do when he grew up. He received his MFA in Creative Writing at Murray State University. He vigorously resists adulthood and watches his wife, Angela Hatton, save the world one plastic bottle at a time.
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