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American Pie

Don McLean

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The impact of American Pie's title track was monumental, making Don McLean an overnight star. Between that heavily symbolic farewell to America's innocence and the album's other massive hit, "Vincent" (an appropriately tragic ballad about Van Gogh), McLean was set for life. Yet those mega-hits have always overshadowed the other excellent songs on this 1971 blockbuster, like "Til Tomorrow" (a gentle, poignant tune analyzing a bittersweet relationship) or "Crossroads" (a passionate piano ballad delivering a plea for redemptive love). The wistful acoustic ballad "Empty Chairs" was allegedly the inspiration for another huge '70s hit, Roberta Flack's "Killing Me Softly with His Song." The tongue-in-cheek rocker "Everybody Loves Me Baby" drips with satirical braggadocio. The haunting, hypnotic "Sister Fatima" is an ode to a fortuneteller, and "The Grave," covered decades later by George Michael, vividly documents an American soldier's death. Things end on a spiritual note with the traditional tune "Babylon." None of these tracks had the effect of the album's hits, but they stand beside them proudly.

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Biography

Born: October 2, 1945 in New Rochelle, NY

Genre: Pop

Years Active: '60s, '70s, '80s, '90s, '00s, '10s

Famed for — and ultimately defined by — his perennial "American Pie," singer/songwriter Don McLean was born October 2, 1945, in New Rochelle, New York. After getting his start in the folk clubs of New York City during the mid-'60s, McLean struggled for a number of years, building a small following through his work with Pete...
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  • Genres: Soft Rock, Music, Pop, Rock, Singer/ Songwriter
  • Released: 1971

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