More About February 3, "The Day the Music Died"
According to a recent article in USA Today, McLean notes that the song was about America and â€œtakes on so many thingsâ€ Mclean said that you have to look at the time period to understand. He points to how drastically society changes in the 1960â€™s as parallel to â€œAmerican Pieâ€
In an interesting sidebar, Waylon Jennings was supposed to be on that flight, but gave up his seat to Jennings (the Big Bopper) who was suffering from â€œflu likeâ€ symptoms.
In this Click for Details video, we learn more about the lives and deaths of early rock icons Buddy Holly, Ritchie Valens and The Big Bopper.