Don McLean looks back at his masterpiece, 'American Pie'


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There’s a saying in the music business that one hit can make a life-long career. He had two, American Pie and Vincent. That’s two careers!

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Vincent was his greatest, but AP also a masterpiece.

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A friend of mine was living in a thatched-roof house in the countryside in the early 1970s. To get there, one had to take a bus, which ran only every two hours. More than once we sat waiting in a cafe, listening to AP. I never cared all that much for American pop music, but AP was somehow quite enthralling.

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Both songs were timeless.

Great songs traverse generations and I am sure that there are a few getting written today that will still be around in 2070 or so.

Just a few.

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