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The Day The Music Died
An event every year that begins at 00:00 on day 3 of February, repeating indefinitely
|“The Day the Music Died” is how the plane crash on February 3, 1959 that took away the lives of rock and roll musicians Buddy Holly, Ritchie Valens and Big Bopper J.P. Richardson is referred to.
|Twelve years after the crash, 1971, Don McLean recorded his song “American Pie” where he used the phrase “The Day the Music Died” for this day.
The year before “American Pie” the deaths of Janis Joplin and Jimi Hendrix, amongst many other musicians, delivered yet another tragic blow to the music world. Which is probably what triggered Don McLean to write his song of poetically described events.
This part of the lyrics might be about Janis Joplin:
“I met a girl who sang the blues
When asked what his song meant, Don just answered:
“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.”