An Airplane Death

By | Dec 10, 2013

43 year old Mexican Singer Jenni Rivera lost her life when the plane she was flying in crashed into the mountains in Northern Mexico, on December 9, 2012. We have lost many performers due to plane mishaps.

On December 10, 1967, Otis Redding and the Bar-Kays were on the way to Madison, Wiscons when their plane crashed in Lake Monona. Ben Cauley, one of The Bar-Kays was the accident’s only survivor. Those killed that day were Redding and his manager and Bar-Kays Jimmy King, Ronnie Caldwell, Phalon Jones, and Carl Cunningham.

February 3, 1959 is known as the day the music died. It was on that day that Buddy Holly, Richie Valens and the Big Bopper (J.P. Richardson) along with pilot Roger Peterson died when the plane they were in crashed near Clear Lake, Iowa. Holly had chartered the plane for his band, to get to the next concert venue faster than by bus. His band included Waylon Jennings and Tommy Allsup. Jennings exchanged his seat with Richardson, who was feeling sick with the flu and Valens asked Tommy Allsup for his seat on the plane. Allsup and Valens decided to toss a coin to decide who would go.

Jim Croce career was on the rise when on September 20, 1973 the plane he was in crashed upon takeoff from the Natchitoches Regional Airport in Natchitoches, Louisiana. It was also the day that his single “I Got a Name” was released.

On October 20, 1977 Lynyrd Skynyrd’s chartered Convair CV-300 ran out of fuel near the end of their flight to Baton Rouge, Louisiana. Though the pilots attempted an emergency landing on a small airstrip, the plane crashed in a forest in Gillsburg, Mississippi. Ronnie Van Zant, the band’s front man, Steve Gaines who had just recently joined the band as one of its guitarist, and backup Cassie Gaines, who was also Steve Gaines sister, were killed on impact. Assistant road manager Dean Kilpatrick, pilot Walter McCreary and co-pilot William Gray were also killed on impact. The other band members (Allen Collins, Gary Rossington, Leon Wilkeson, Billy Powell, Artimus Pyle, and Leslie Hawkins) tour manager, Ron Eckerman and road crew suffered serious injuries.

You may not remember or have heard of Bill Chase. He was a Jazz trumpeter who in the early 1970s formed the rock group that took his name, Chase. Chase infused Rock and Jazz and had a popular hit song “Get it On” in 1971. In all the group recorded three albums. “Chase” released in 1971, “Ennea” in 1972 and in 1973 “Pure Music”. Perhaps you would have heard of Bill Chase had he not died in a plane crash on August 9, 1974 in Jackson Minnesota.


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