Maria Elena Holly talks candidly to Don McLean about her whirlwind romance, her eight-month marriage to Buddy and her life championing his name years after 'the music died'.
Don McLean famously sang about the plane crash that killed Holly and fellow touring companions Ritchie Valens, and J.P.
Richardson (known as The Big Bopper) in his number 1 hit American Pie (1971).
Though McLean has resisted requests for an explanation of his song, he acknowledged that he was affected by the death of these young rockers in his early teenage years.
And his commentary on the way the world was robbed of their talents gave rise to the phrase 'the day the music died'.
This documentary first broadcast on Radio 2 in February 2009, as part of a 50s Season marking fifty years since the tragic plane crash.
Maria Elena Holly talks to Don McLean about her eight-month marriage to Buddy Holly.
Maria Elena Holly talks to Don McLean about her life with Buddy before and since his death