February XX, 1959:
A plane crashes containing three famous US rock stars. (Was it Bob Marley, the guy who wrote "La Bamba" and third famous guy?)
Apparently, this day became known as "The day the music died", and this name is one of the most memorable lines of the song "American Pie".
While browsing on the web, I found a few pages trying to interpret the text of this wonderful song, and I, who always thought the text was meant to be poetic gibberish, am quite impressed with the meaning of each and every verse. But this particular fact rang in my ears: 3 rock stars dying in 1 crash. So I decided to ask the knowledgeable forum members for more information:
What plane was involved?
Was it an airliner or a private jet? (I assume corporate jets were rare in those times?)
How comes there were 3 famous people on board (if it was an airliner) - were tickets so expensive that every crash would cost only VIP's lives?
What was the cause? Just bad weather?
And, as I do not know much about that time and the music then, why does Don McLean consider this event so momentous in music history? Did their death change the style of that era's music this drastically? Or is it just the nostalgic, but eventually meaningless description of a very personal, subjective view of things?
Thanks for any replies!