Grand Ole Opry To Mark the 50th Anniversary of Plane Crash That Took The Lives of Three Opry Members
The Grand Ole Opry will recognize the 50th anniversary of the tragedy that took the lives of Opry members Patsy Cline, Cowboy Copas, and Hawkshaw Hawkins during its first Tuesday Night Opry of the season Tues., March 5.
The three Opry members will be remembered with performances of their hit records by Opry and Country Music Hall of Fame member Jean Shepard, who was married to Hawkins at the time of his death; Mandy Barnett; Terri Clark; John Conlee; and Chuck Mead & His Grassy Knoll Boys.
On March 9, 1963 during the first Opry performance following the tragedy, Opry Manager Ott Devine addressed the crowd following a minute of silence in honor of the Opry stars. “…They would want us to keep smiling and recall the happier occasions,” Devine said. “I feel that I can speak for all them when I say, let’s continue in the tradition of the Grand Ole Opry.”
Among others on the first Tuesday Night Opry of the year are Academy of Country Music Award nominees Florida Georgia Line and Opry group Riders In The Sky.
Artists scheduled to appear at the Opry later in the month include Alan Jackson, Easton Corbin, Ricky Skaggs, Thomas Rhett, and Ralph Stanley. Academy of Country Music Award nominee Kacey Musgraves is set to make her Opry debut March 30.
Tuesday, March 5th, 2013