Which singer memorialized Buddy Holly, Ritchie Valens, and J.P. Richardson in the song “American Pie”?
Answer: “American Pie” is a song by American folk rock singer and songwriter Don McLean. The single was a number-one US hit for four weeks in 1972. McLean’s magnum opus, “American Pie”, is a ballad inspired partly by the deaths of Buddy Holly, Ritchie Valens and J.P. Richardson (The Big Bopper) in a plane crash on February 3, 1959. The song popularized the expression “The Day the Music Died” in reference to this event. It’s still the longest song ever to top the Billboard Hot 100, at a whopping eight minutes and 36 seconds.