Singer-songwriter Don McLean's hit song "American Pie" calls the 1959 plane crash that killed Buddy Holly, Ritchie Valens and J.P. "The Big Bopper" Richardson "the day the music died." The original manuscript of McLean's lyrics to "American Pie" is being auctioned by Christie's on April 7. His new song "Waving Man," an unreleased track from a forthcoming album "Botanical Gardens," can be seen on YouTube. The opinions expressed in this commentary are solely those of the author.
(CNN)Many years ago I performed at the Surf Ballroom, in Clear Lake, Iowa, which was the last stop on Buddy Holly's final tour. He was killed in a plane crash in 1959 that also took the lives of singers J.P. "The Big Bopper" Richardson and Ritchie Valens.