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 MARCH 5 1963

was one of the darkest days in country music with the loss of

 Patsy  Cline,
Cowboy Copas, Hawkshaw Hawkins and  Randy Hughes

SSEE  INDEX  AT  BOTTOM   FOR ADDITIONAL  PAGES   . . .

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Grand Ole Opry Memorial
March 9, 1963 ~


for Patsy Cline, Cowboy Copas, 
Hawkshaw Hawkins and Randy Hughes


Among the stars, from left, Merle Kilgore,
Sonny James, Lonzo & Oscar (foreground,
next to piano), Porter Wagoner, Buck Trent
(next to piano), Jack Greene (behind Trent),
Marvin Hughes (at piano), the Jordanaires

(at left microphone), Roy Acuff (behind right
microphone), Ernest Tubb (right of Acuff),
Teddy Wilburn of the Wilburn Brothers and
Oswald (far right, holding hat).


Minnie Pearl, out of photo, had the hardest
 job. Under the axiom "The show must go on,"
she went on after the tribute and did comedy.

 LEST THEY BE FORGOTTEN ...

   Sunday, March 3, 1963 :
   Kansas City
  


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     Patsy on stage at Memorial Auditorium
     for benefit concert. This is  one of the
     last photos taken of Patsy Cline.


   [ Courtesy of Alfredda Rhodes and Erma Schofield ]

 

   These stars of country
   music and the Grand Ole
   Opry persished with Patsy
   Cline on March 5, 1963.

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COWBOY COPAS ~
He was Randy's father-in-law
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HAWKSHAW HAWKINS ~
He was married to country star
Jean Shepard
Randy Hughes
RANDY HUGHES ~
He was married to Cowboy
Copas' daughter Kathy   
    
 

Fans pay tribute
in Nashville at cemetery
sites of  Cowboy Copas, 
  Hawkshaw Hawkins
and  Randy Hughes


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Nashville Tennessean, by JOE RUDIS; from Honky Tonk Angel: The
Intimate Story of Patsy Cline
by Ellis Nassour, © 1981, 1993, 2008.
All rights reserved; used by permission.

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    FOR AN APPRECIATION OF THE CAREER OF PATSY CLINE,
A REMEMBRANCE BY CLOSE FRIEND
FAYE MORGAN,
A STARTLING STORY OF EVENTS ON THE NIGHT OF MARCH 5, 1963,
NASHVILLE NEWSPAPER HEADLINES AND
A TRIBUTE TO PATSY'S MOM,
HILDA HENSLEY . . .

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