Don McLean also described how, like Dolly Parton, he was approached by Elvis Presley's team to record one of his tracks. The King went on to cover "And I Love You So" before his death in 1977.
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The 76-year-old shared that he initially wanted to write a song about America. However, rather than it being a love letter to our country, it became more of a farewell to the American dream, a lost of innocence in our nation. It refers to the "day the music died," or the 1959 plane crash that killed Ritchie Valens, J.P. "The Big Bopper" Richardson and Buddy Holly, McLean’s childhood idol.
For decades, the song has been heavily interpreted by both fans and music critics alike. Many have insisted the song explores the assassinations of John F. Kennedy and Martin Luther King, the Manson family murders, the sudden death of James Dean, the decline of Elvis Presley, and even the Vietnam War – just to name a few.