BILLBOARD TOP 40 HITS 1971: ‘ AMERICAN PIE’- DON MCLEAN

45cat - Don McLean - American Pie - Part I / American Pie - Part II -  United Artists - Sweden - UP 35325

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.

10 responses to “BILLBOARD TOP 40 HITS 1971: ‘ AMERICAN PIE’- DON MCLEAN

    • While I wasn’t big into music at the time of its release… this takes me back to one of my vacations with my grandfather- it must have been the spring of 1972- and this song was being played on the radio constantly. It was a song I kept waiting for. Didn’t know what it was all about at the time but I knew I liked it…

    • When I think back…I think of a tire swing and green all around in the country where I lived. I didn’t know what a levy was but I loved it. It was one of the first songs that I remember.

  1. I appreciated McLean’s hat tip to the Byrds…

    “The Byrds flew off with a fallout shelter, Eight Miles High and falling fast…”

    …even though I had no idea what he meant, possibly the Byrds’ decline following the radio ban on “Eight Miles High”?

  2. A true classic. I’m listening to the clip as I’m writing this clever comment. Even though it’s quite a long tune and I must have listened to it hundreds of times, it just doesn’t get boring.

    Sometime during my teenage years I borrowed the vinyl record from somebody (assume my brother-in-law) and taped it on MC. In those days, I was taping music like a maniac from both vinyl records (later CDs) and FM radio.

    I still got most of these MCs. By now it’s safe to assume they are in poor quality. But I could never throw them out!

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