“American Pie“ a song by American folk singer and songwriter Don McLean, recorded and released on the American Pie album in 1971; the single was a number-one US hit for four weeks in 1972. The song was listed as the No. 5 song on the RIAA project Songs of The Century and is now headed for The Library of Congress. Read on as Don McLean explains or not the meaning of American Pie.
Excerpt from “Don McLean explains why he won’t reveal the meaning of “American Pie” with CBS News correspondent Jim Axelrod on CBS Evening News with Scott Pelley
Set against the 1959 plane crash that took the lives of Buddy Holly, Ritchie Valens and The Big Bopper, “American Pie” was an 8-and-a-half minute consideration of the decade that followed.
“So they couldn’t put the whole thing on a single, so they came out with a two-sided single. And the whole thing just was always different, because of the kind of song it was, the length of the song, and it entertained people, I think, on a number of levels,” McLean said.
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