C'est le 3 février 1959 qu'eut lieu le crash d'avion où ont péri Big Bopper, Buddy Holly et Ritchie Valens :





En route pour un concert près de fargo dans le Dakota du Nord, le Beechcraft Bonanza qui transporte les trois musiciens s'écrase dans un champ.

Ainsi naitra une des chansons myhtiques : American Pie de Don Mac Lean.

L'on sait que cette chanson fut dédiée à Buddy Holly mais personne ne connaît la véritable signification des paroles.

A long long time ago
I can still remember how that music used to make me
And I knew if I had my chance
That I could make those people dance
And maybe they'd be happy for a while

Did you write the Book of Love
And do you have faith in God above
If the Bible tells you so
Do you believe in rock 'n roll
Can music save your mortal soul
And can you teach me how to dance real slow

Well, I know that you're in love with him
'Cause I saw you dancin' in the gym
You both kicked off your shoes
Man, I dig those rhythm and blues

I was a lonely teenage broncin' buck
With a pink carnation and a pickup truck
But I knew I was out of luck
The day the music died

I started singin'..

Bye-bye, Miss American Pie
Drove my chevy to the levee
But the levee was dry
And them good old boys were drinkin' whiskey and rye
Singin' this'll be the day that I die
This'll be the day that I die

I met a girl who sang the blues
And I asked her for some happy news
But she just smiled and turned away
I went down to the sacred store
Where I'd heard the music years before
But the man there said the music woudn't play

And in the streets the children screamed
The lovers cried, and the poets dreamed
But not a word was spoken
The church bells all were broken
And the three men I admire most
The Father, Son and the Holy Ghost
They caught the last train for the coast
The day the music died

And they started singin'..
{Refrain 2 x}


Don McLean a toujours refusé de s'exprimer à ce sujet. Voici sa réponse à un journaliste: "You will find many 'interpretations' of my lyrics but none of them by me [...] Sorry to leave you all on your own like this but long ago I realized that songwriters should make their statements and move on, maintaining a dignified silence."