On March 16, 1991, tragedy struck when a terrible accident claimed the lives of eight members of the renowned singer’s band and crew, including talented musicians and close friends.
Overcome with thanksgiving, Reba McEntire used social media to express her gratitude to those who have made a lasting contribution to the music industry. Their efforts and influence will always be cherished.
An unlucky accident occurred as the flight from San Diego to Indiana took off: one of the aircraft’s wings hit a huge boulder atop Otay Mountain.
Unfortunately, this accident was the cause of the plane’s destruction. While the rest of the group went on an expedition, Reba, who was feeling unwell at the time, remained at the hotel with her husband Narvel and stylist.
The fatalities included Terry Jackson, Joey Cigainero, Paula Kaye Evans, Jim Hammon (the tour manager), and Chris Austin.
In a heartfelt Instagram tribute, Reba McEntire expressed her admiration for the musicians, writing, “Their unwavering passion for music and their captivating stage presence continue to serve as a wellspring of inspiration for all of us. ”.
This moving presentation includes a performance recording featuring the ensemble as a touching tribute to their exceptional musicianship and remarkable camaraderie.
At least once a year, Reba makes it a point to bring up the group in order to ensure their legacy is preserved.
In a 2012 interview with Oprah Winfrey, Reba described the incident and its immediate aftermath. She recalled the traumatic experience: “After getting the notification, Narvel went to meet our pilot, who then broke the bad news to her. ”.
In the early hours of the morning, Narvel arrived in our hotel room with the devastating news that a plane had crashed. I asked with my voice shaking, “Are they all okay?”. Narvel’s response, “I don’t think so,” weighed heavily on my emotions. I persisted, looking for clarification, “But you’re not sure.”. I don’t think so, he remarked softly. ”.
Let’s never forget the influence these great people had on Reba McEntire’s career and the annals of music history as we remember them. I pray that their enduring influence will be remembered by their legacy.