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Contrary to the lyrics of Don McLean’s 1971 song, “American Pie,” the music really did not die in a plane crash on Feb. 3, 1959. The tragic deaths of rock ‘n’ roll legends Buddy Holly, Ritchie Valens and J.P. “Big Bopper” Richardson signaled the final death of rock ‘n’ roll, according to McLean’s “American Pie.” Elvis had been drafted, Little Richard had turned to gospel and Chuck Berry had been arrested for soliciting prostitution.

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