Billboard Top 40 Hits 1971: ‘American Pie’- Don McLean. November 27, 1971.
- Single: ‘American Pie’- Don McLean
- Record Company- United Artists
- Genre: Folk Rock
- Written by Don McLean
- Time: 8:26
- B-side: ‘American Pie Part II’
- Album- American Pie
- Grade: A+
- Peaked at #1 19 weeks in Billboard Hot 100.
One of the most famous songs in pop music history. How famous is it- this past summer there was a magazine out- devoted only to the song- how many songs get a magazine? It celebrated the 50th anniversary of the song. Don McLean was born in Rob Petrie country- New Rochelle, New York in 1945. He had 10 Hot 100 hits with 6 making the Top 40. ‘American Pie’ was his first hit- and of course his biggest. Don McLean is still out there touring. I have the American Pie album- great album-also features his hit ‘Vincent’- which to me is just as great as ‘American Pie’- and back in the day I bought the single- which takes up -at 8:26 both the A and B sides. Kind of disrupts the flow of things having to turn the 45 over.