The 101 number one song of the day was an ode to the writer’s idol and was so successful that it would eclipse everything else the writer did subsequently.
When he wrote it, he had no idea that it was the least bit commercial but he was pretty sure it was a masterpiece. The song’s creator was working delivering papers, which by the way, was the only job outside of music he ever had which he started pursuing at the age of 15. Something happened on February 3, 1959 that changed his life and it inspired the song that arrived at number one on January 15, 1972 and would remain on top for 4 weeks. Here’s Don McLean with the 101 number one song of the day (American Pie)