Singer-songwriter Don McLean's original manuscript and notes to "American Pie" sold at auction Tuesday for $1.2 million. McLean offered his wistful anthem that asks "Do you recall what was revealed the day the music died?" at Christie's.
The auction house said two people vied for the 16-page manuscript, one in the room and one on the phone. The winning bid went to the collector in the room who wished to remain anonymous. Bidding started at $500,000 and rose to $1.2 million in just four minutes. The 16 pages include the original working manuscript and typed drafts of the song. The eight-minute-long "American Pie" was released in 1971 and was a No. 1 U.S. hit for four weeks in 1972.
"The day the music died" refers to the Feb. 3, 1959, deaths of Buddy Holly, Ritchie Valens and the Big Bopper in a plane crash near Clear Lake, Iowa.
McLean, a longtime Maine resident, said through Christie's that writing the song was "a mystical trip into his past."
B.B. King hospitalized, but doing 'better'
Blues musician B.B. King has been hospitalized, but his daughter says he is doing "much better."
King's daughter, Claudette, told the Los Angeles Times that the 89-year-old was in the hospital for dehydration caused by Type 2 diabetes. The Times said that King was diagnosed with diabetes more than 20 years ago. In October, he canceled the remaining shows in his tour after falling ill in Chicago with dehydration and exhaustion. The Rock and Roll Hall of Famer has released more than 50 albums and sold millions of records worldwide.
'Dukes of Hazzard' actor dies: The prolific character actor best known for his role as Sheriff Rosco P. Coltrane on "The Dukes of Hazzard" has died. James Best was 88. His wife of 29 years, Dorothy Best, said that Best died Monday night in hospice care from complications of pneumonia. Best starred on the television series that ran from 1979 to 1985. He was the lawman futilely chasing the Duke brothers, often in the company of his droopy-faced basset hound Flash. Best employed a battery of catchphrases in the role, as well as a memorable laugh that was comically villainous. "I acted the part as good as I could," Best said in 2009. "Rosco, let's face it, was a charmer. It was a fun thing." He also acted in movies including "The Caine Mutiny" and "Rolling Thunder," and he appeared on "Gunsmoke" and "The Andy Griffith Show."
support: Jon Stewart is voicing full support for his "Daily Show" successor, Trevor Noah, calling the incoming host "incredibly thoughtful and considerate and funny and smart." Stewart made his comments on Monday's edition of the Comedy Central fake news show. With "The Daily Show" in repeats last week, it was his first on-air chance to respond to a harsh backlash against past graphic tweets posted by Noah.