The members of Reba McEntire's band who were killed in California Saturday are the latest in a string of prominent musicians who have met early deaths in air accidents:
- Aug. 27, 1990: Grammy-winning blues guitarist Stevie Ray Vaughan, 35, was killed when a helicopter crashed into a hill in East Troy, Wis., after departing from a concert- Dec. 31, 1985, Rick Nelson died in a New Year's Eve plane crash near DeKalb, Texas. Nelson, 45, achieved rock 'n' roll stardom in the 1950s and '60s with hits like "I'm Walkin' " and "Travelin' Man" after appearing in his parents' TV series "The Adventures of Ozzie and Harriet."
- March 19, 1982: Randy Rhoads, lead guitarist for heavy metal star Ozzy Osbourne, was killed when the plane in which he was flying buzzed Osbourne's tour bus and crashed into a house in Leesburg, Fla. He was 25.
- Oct. 21, 1977: Lead singer Ronnie Van Zant and guitarist Stevie Gaines of the Lynyrd Skynyrd band were killed in a plane crash in McComb, Miss.
- Sept. 20, 1973: Jim Croce died in an air crash near Natchitoches, La., at age 30. He put together a string of rock hits such as "Time in a Bottle" and "Leroy Brown" in the 1970s.
- Dec. 10, 1967, rhythm and blues artist Otis Redding died in a plane crash in Wisconsin along with members of his band, the Bar-Kays. He was 26. His greatest hit, "Sittin' on the Dock of The Bay," was released just three days earlier.
- July 31, 1964, country music singer Jim Reeves, known for hits like "Welcome to My World" and "He'll Have to Go," died at age 39 in a light plane crash near Nashville along with his manager, Dean Manuel, 30.
- March 5, 1963: Patsy Cline, whose country hits included "Crazy" and "She's Got You," died in a plane crash near Camden, Tenn., at age 31. Also killed were Grand Ole Opry stars Cowboy Copas and Hawkshaw Hawkins and pilot Randy Hughes, Cline's manager.
- Feb. 3, 1959: A plane carrying singers J.P (The Big Bopper) Richardson, Buddy Holly and Richie Valens crashed near Mason City, Iowa, en route to a show in Fargo, N.D. The Big Bopper, whose big hit was "Chantilly Lace" in 1958, was 29. Holly, whose hits included "Peggy Sue," was 22. Valens, famous for songs like "La Bamba" and "Donna," was 18.
- Dec. 15, 1944, big band leader Glenn Miller was in a plane flying over the English Channel en route from Bedford, England, to Paris where he was to give a show.