This Day In Music: The Randy Rhoads Tragedy (March 19, 1982)

Posted: March 19, 2013 in Uncategorized

Hard to believe it’s been 21 years since that tragic day

The MusicTalker

On this day 31 years ago, a guitar legend faced a horrible exit from this world. Randy Rhoads, who was only 25 years old at the time, was the lead guitarist for both Quiet Riot and Ozzy Osbourne’s solo band prior to his untimely death.

As Osbourne discusses in depth in his 2010 memoir, I Am Ozzy, Rhoads was killed in a plane crash while on tour with Osbourne’s band.  Rhoads was apparently the opposite of Osbourne in terms of substance abuse; the worst he did was smoke cigarettes.  Anyway, according to Osbourne, Rhoads and the band’s makeup artist, Rachel Youngblood, were both passengers on a small plane being flown by a pilot who had lost his license six years earlier during a helicopter crash.

Having a nose full of cocaine and recklessly flying with two passengers on board, Andrew C. Aycock crashed the plane into a barn, killing…

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