February 3 is the anniversary of "the day the music died," referring to the 1959 plane crash that killed rock and roll pioneers Buddy Holly, The Big Bopper, and Ritchie Valens. Don McLean coined the term "the day the music died" in his 1971 release, "American Pie." McLean's song became a classic, listed in the RIAA Songs of the Century Top 5 and placed in the National Recording Registry by the Library of Congress. It's also the longest song to ever reach #1 on Billboard charts.
Don McLean joined The Scott Sands Show to talk about the song's release 50 years ago today -- click here to listen on our free iHeartRadio app.
Don McLean and country a capella group Home Free also released a brand new version of "American Pie" today. Scroll down for the video.