In February 1959, a paperboy delivered newspapers with a story about a plane crash in Iowa.
About a decade later, the paperboy, Don McLean, described the day in his song, “American Pie.”
He began by remembering the papers he delivered:
A long long time ago,
I can still remember how,
That music used to make me smile.
And I knew if I had my chance
That I could make those people dance,
And maybe they’d be happy for a while.
On February 3, 1959, a plane crash near Clear Lake, Iowa, killed three American rock and roll pioneers: Buddy Holly, Ritchie Valens, and J. P. “The Big Bopper” Richardson. The plane crash has been called the first and greatest trage...