Don McLean promised to reveal the meaning behind "American Pie" in a recent documentary. He says that he wasn't making references to Elvis or Dylan. The Byrds, The Big Bopper, Richie Valens and Buddy Holly are definitely in there.
Name-dropping abounds in Stinky's third volume of "Keep My Name Outcha Mouth" (see volumes 1 and 2 here). Other songs are mentioned in these songs. There's Johnny B. Goode, Roll Over Beethoven, Good Golly Miss Molly, Long Tall Sally, Blue Suede Shoes, Crazy Arms, I Walk The Line, Lonely Avenue, Hello Mary Lou, A Boy Named Sue, Yummy Yummy Yummy, Mack the Knife, Honky Tonk Women, She Belongs To Me, and Valleri.
Among the real and mythical figures mentioned in this set of songs are Elvis, Dylan, The Byrds, JFK, Brian Jones, Jimi Hendrix, Sly Stone, Ravi Shankar, Hugh Masakela, Herb Alpert, Aretha Franklin, Phil Spector, Frank Sinatra, Steve & Eydie, Ike & Tina, Boyce & Hart, Bonnie & Clyde, Bo Diddley, Johnny Cash, Jerry Lee Lewis, James Burton, Doc Pomus, The Grateful Dead, Jefferson Airplane, The Monkees, The Who, CCR, Yoko, Lulu, Liberace, Lemmy, Prince, Bowie, Hitler, Houdini, Davy Crockett, Billy Jack, Sigmund Freud, Hermann Hesse, Damon Runyon, Jack Benny, John Travolta, Timothy Leary, and a horse with no name.
Places mentioned include Memphis, Gatlinburg, Madison Square Garden, Belsen, Dusseldorf, Burbank's Pickwood Bowl, and Ferriday, Louisiana.