Fifty years ago today the great country singer and Winchester native Patsy Cline died in a plane crash near Camden, Tennessee, at the age of
twenty-nine thirty. She was flying home to Nashville after a benefit concert in Kansas City in a plane piloted by her manager. Also on board were the country music luminaries Lloyd Estel “Cowboy” Copas and Harold Franklin “Hawkshaw” Hawkins. After a prayer service, her remains were returned to Winchester, where her funeral attracted news media and thousands of fans. She was buried in Shenandoah Memorial Park just outside the city.
Willie Nelson wrote Patsy Cline’s great hit “Crazy,” and after the jump he describes meeting the star. Also, Patsy, Cowboy Copas, and Hawkshaw Hawkins …
IMAGES: Life, March 22, 1963, 32–33 (Google Books)