Top Musicians Killed in Plane Crashes

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1Buddy Holly 2/3/1959Charles Hardin Holley, known as Buddy Holly, was an American musician and singer-songwriter who was a central figure of mid-1950s rock and roll.

When holly, the big bopper, and richie valens died on the same plane, musicians started taking the bus. - queen11

It would have been amazing to see what would have happen had he lived. What he left behind are all masterpieces.

I had no idea so many musicans were killed in plane crashes. This is a sad list. - RockFashionista

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2Randy Rhoads 3/19/82Randall William "Randy" Rhoads was an American heavy metal guitarist who played with Ozzy Osbourne and Quiet Riot.

He was the absolute love of my life at that time. His music was phenomenal! I was 13 then and I still have my posters that covered my bedroom walls then covering my laundry room now. My husband wouldn't let me put them in our room! Laugh out loud. He seemed to be just as beautiful on the inside as he most certainly was on the outside! I can only imagine the music that he never got to make! I will never stop being a fan and will die an old lady with randy rhoads posters on my walls somewhere! RIP. You will never be forgotten!

Great guitarist and he just shredded. I was not born at the time but I did listen to many of his solos. What a beast! He was great. I really respected and admired the way he played, both him and van halen. RIP

Randy Rhoads is one of the greatest guitar players of all time and a lot more people would have heard of him if he didn't die so young

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3Stevie Ray Vaughn 8/27/1990

I was born after the crash, I wish I could have seen him live! RIP
I wish I could vote for everyone, especially the members of Lynyrd Skynyrd
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4Ronnie Van Zant Lynyrd Skynryd 10/20/1977

Ronnie's writing & his music in general are standing the test of time. Who would have thought, well, me, that they would be as big as they still are now. Gary, Johnny, Rickey and the guys are doing Ronnie, Steve & Cassie proud.

What a loss, Lynyrd Skynyrd could've made a lot more kick ass stuff if it weren't for this accident.

no one on this list touch ronnie van zant. my favorite singer. oh n who the hell is aaliyah? - sgilb5

5Aaliyah 8/25/2001Aaliyah Dana Haughton was born on January 16th 1979 and died August 25th 2001. She was a dancer, an actress and an R&B singer. She was born in Brooklyn, New York, raised in Detroit, Michigan and died at Marsh Harbour, Bahamas. ...read more.

i will miss her... i always watching Romeo must die... Aaliyah and Jet li... she was my favorite singer... she died at very young age... i idolized her very much... Aaliyah i will surely miss you... - Valz

This is one of the saddest death in the music business. Aaliyah was such a nice, sweet and special girl. She was taken away from us too soon. Like her song says "I Miss You".

The only one on this list I actually listen to.

Rest in paradise angel. We love you Aaliyah.

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6Otis Redding 12/10/1967Otis Ray Redding, Jr. was an American singer, songwriter, record producer, arranger, and talent scout.

WOW! This guy could light up a stage! - mdp1970

I'm a 16 year old girl and I am OBSESSED with Otis Redding. I've been sing and danceing along to his songs since I was 3 years old. hands down besting singer in the world

7Ricky Nelson 12/31/1985

A legend , that died way to young.

Underrated He could sing!

8Ritchie Valens 2/3/1959

Ritchie is simply awesome! Try to watching "la bamba" movie, then you'll see how soon he stopped making good music =(

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9Jim Croce 9/20/1973

One of the best songwriters in modern music. Whether beautifully simplistic love songs (Time in a Bottle, Lover's Cross, etc), or hilarious quasi-novelty (Bad, Bad Leroy Brown, Workin' at the Car Wash Blues).

I just love his all songs and for me, he is the no.1

Very artistic & wonderful songwriter, life lost way too soon

10John Denver 10/12/1997

As well as being a recognized musician of note, he was a highly regarded composer.

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11Glenn Miller 12/15/1944V1 Comment
12Patsy Cline 3/15/1963Patsy Cline was born Virginia Patterson Hensley on September 8, 1932, in Winchester, Virginia. She became a professional country singer in the 1950s, and became one of the most important artists in American music history. Patsy died on March 5, 1963, in a plane crash in Camden, Tennessee. She was inducted ...read more.

Her music touches my soul! There has never been another voice like hers since she's been gone. The world lost a true artist.

13Steve Gaines Lynyrd Skynryd 10/20/1977
14J.P. Richardson Big Bopper 2/3/1959
15The Bar-Kays (Jimmy King, Ronnie Caldwell, Carl Cunningham, Phalon Jones) 12/10/67

Died in the same plane crash that claimed Otis Redding. Bar-Kays' trumpeteer Ben Cauley was the only survivor (The other surviving group member, James Alexander, was on another plane)

16Bill Chase 8/9/74
17Cassie Gaines Lynyrd Skynryd 10/20/1977
18Walter Hyatt 5/11/96
19Jenni Rivera 12/9/2012

R.I.P Jenni and the others that were with her on the fatal flight you didn't deserve it - ItsDaWorldOfSNuGGLEZ

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1. Buddy Holly 2/3/1959
2. Ritchie Valens 2/3/1959
3. Ricky Nelson 12/31/1985
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1. Buddy Holly 2/3/1959
2. John Denver 10/12/1997
3. Jim Croce 9/20/1973
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1. Aaliyah 8/25/2001
2. Ritchie Valens 2/3/1959
3. Buddy Holly 2/3/1959
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