It was nearly 60 years ago when Buddy Holly, Ritchie Valens and J.P. The Big Bopper were killed on February 3, 1959. These three rock and roll musicians died in a plane crash near Iowa, their pilot Roger Peterson included.
The tragedy was known as The Day the Music Died, as singer-songwriter Don McLean referred to it in his 1971 song American Pie.
2. The Song Was Written:
Many interpretations as to the meaning of the song appeared in the media after it was released but no one could pin-point the symbolic phrases behind the composition until lonestarsound* who produced the video, claimed that he spoke first hand with many of the people who knew the truth behind the accident. One of them was Tommy Allsup who flipped the coin with Ritchie Valens and Valens sealed his own fate with the toss.
Many people are still discussing the song today and I find it to be one of the best originally composed musical thesis ever written. It is how a song should be written was the remark made when it received an award. Even Madonna has made a cover of the hit.
McLean has since sold his original copies of the lyrics for more than a million US dollars in 2015.
3. The Composer Explained:
"People ask me if I left the lyrics open to ambiguity. Of course I did. I wanted to make a whole series of complex statements. The lyrics had to do with the state of society at that time."
"I was around in 1970 and now I am around in 2015. There is no poetry and very little romance in anything anymore, so it is really like the last phase of American Pie.
"Basically in American Pie, things are heading in the wrong direction. It is becoming less idyllic... It is a morality song in a sense."
Three Quotes From Washington Post: by Justin Wm Moyer: 8.4.2015. Edited.
4. The Singer Came:
Singapore had a taste of American Pie when McLean came to Singapore in 2011. He performed at the Esplanade Concert Hall in February that year with: And I Love You So, Empty Chairs, Winterwood, Crossroads, Castles In The Air, Wonderful Baby, Beatles' cover of In My Life, Love Hurts, Jerusalem, Tulsa Time and Superman's Ghost. Not forgetting, Vincent, American Pie. The applause was rapturous with standing ovations'
The concert, according to the writer who attended the show fell short of his expectations. It was only 90 minutes as compared to the Eagles gig which lasted 3 hours. His song arrangements were in lower keys and McLean did not sing from his new album, Addicted To Black. Still the writer enjoyed McLean's concert - by Han Chiaw Juan from: Don McLean Online (Edited).