"American Pie" was written in memory of Music/BuddyHolly, Ritchie Valens, and The Big Bopper, who were killed in a plane crash in 1959. The song popularized the phrase "The Day the Music Died" in reference to the event. The lyrics also reflect the impact that event had on [=McLean's=] childhood and the song is semi-autobiographical in nature. It reached number one on the charts for four weeks in 1972 and holds the record for the longest song to occupy that slot, with a run time of 8 minutes 36 seconds (though only half the song was on the A-side; the other half was on the B-side).
"American Pie" was written in memory of Music/BuddyHolly,
** Also "Have You Seen Me?", which is a rollicking number about... child soldiers.
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