Friday, July 20, 2007

The Name of Buddy Holley's Airplane was "American Pie"

Friday's Urban Legend: FALSE

Basic errors in American Pie interpretations have been carried forward and sometimes get reported as being fact. One of the most tedious theories of recent times is that the plane that crashed killing Buddy Holly, Ritchie Valens and the Big Bopper was called 'American Pie'. This is wholly untrue and Don McLean released a press statement in 1999 to confirm this:

"the growing urban legend that "American Pie" was the name of Buddy Holly’s plane the night it crashed, killing him, Ritchie Valens and the Big Boppper, is untrue. I created the term." - Don McLean, 1999
For those (one or two) of you who don't know what we're talking about, here's a video that interprets the song—one of the best pop songs of all time, especially for us old fogies who actually listened to Buddy Holly, Ritchie Valens and J. P. Richardson, Jr. (The Big Bopper).

[Hat Tip: Karmen at Chaotic Utopia]

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