It was 50 years ago, March 5, 1963. A half century already. It doesn't seem possible.

Don McLean famously sang about 'The day the music died' in his song 'American Pie'. He was talking about the plane crash on February 3, 1959 that took the lives of Rock and Roll legends Buddy Holly, Ritchie Valens and The Big Bopper.

But for Country music fans, March 5 1963 was the day the music died.

That was the day of the tragic plane crash that took the lives of Country Stars Cowboy Copas, Hawkshaw Hawkins and the legendary Patsy Cline. Randy Hughes, the pilot of the Piper Comanche, also died in the crash in Tennessee.

Fans of the 'new' country music probably don't even remember these great artists. That's sad.

Here at KXRB and KXRB we'll never forget them.