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Today In Country History- Patsy Cline Plane Crash, Alabama’s Beginnings

The Music and Memories of March 5

The Headlines

1973- A band known as Wild Country makes its debut at The Bowery in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. They remain regulars at the club for the next seven years on their way to becoming one of the most popular acts in Country Music, Alabama

1963- Patsy Cline is killed in a plane crash in Camden, Tennessee.  The ill-fated flight takes the lives of Cowboy Copas, Hawkshaw Hawkins and pilot Randy Hughes as they return to Nashville from a charity concert in Kansas City.  At the time, Patsy Cline is just 30 years old and had only placed 9 songs on the Billboard Country Music charts, starting with “Walking After Midnight” in 1957.

1960- Elvis Presley is discharged from the Army.  Elvis wastes no time bouncing back and returns to the charts with “Stuck On You” and “Are You Lonesome Tonight.”

The #1 Billboard Hits

1994- I Just Wanted You To Kn0w- Mark Chesnutt

1988- Face To Face- Alabama with K.T. Oslin

1983- If Hollywood Don’t Need You- Don Williams

1977- Heart Healer- Mel Tillis

1949- Don’t Rob Another Man’s Castle- Eddy Arnold

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