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March 5th 1963- At the height of her career, Patsy Cline was killed in plane crash near Camden, Tennessee. Also killed were Cowboy Copas, Hawkshaw Hawkins and pilot Randy Hughes (Cline’s manager). The investigation determined that Hughes, a non-instrument-rated pilot, attempted visual flight in adverse weather conditions, resulting in disorientation and subsequent loss of control.
After her death, the song "Sweet Dreams" was released and became a hit. Considered one of country music's greatest vocalists, she was inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame in 1973. Her life became the subject of the 1985 film, Sweet Dreams, starring Jessica Lange.
March 5th 1980-The bio-pic "Coal Miner's Daughter" debuted in Nashville, and soon became the #1 box office hit in the United States. I actually saw the movie when it was in theaters! The film starred Sissy Spacek as Loretta Lynn and Tommy Lee Jones as her husband Mooney Lynn. The film received seven Academy Award nominations, winning a Best Actress Oscar for Spacek.