Songs That Changed Music: Don McLean – American Pie

May 26, 2021
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➡️➡️Watch the other Songs That Changed Music videos here: Don McLean was only 13 years old, delivering his hometown newspaper route when he found out that his idol Buddy Holly had died in a tragic plane accident. 12 years later, McLean took that poignant memory and created one of the most iconic and beloved ballads of all time, “American Pie.” The song takes listeners on a nostalgic journey through rock ‘n roll’s history, beginning with “the day the music died” and traveling across all of the major musical, cultural and political events of the sixties. Donald McLean III was born in New Rochelle, New York in 1945, and grew up amid the anxious tranquility of the post-war decades. He struggled with poor health and asthma for much of his childhood and missed a great deal of school. He thus spent his time at home, indoors, listening to music. He was an omnivore, listening to rock and roll, folk and popular music, but it was the earliest rock ‘n rollers that inspired him to pick up a guitar. This included Little Richard, Chuck Berry, Elvis Presley and the young, rising star, Buddy Holly. “American Pie” was released on October 24, 1971 and immediately climbed the charts, peaking at the number 1 spot in the US on January 14, 1972. It held that position for four weeks and still remains the longest running song (at 8 minutes and 42 seconds) to hold the top position. It also hit the number 1 spot internationally in Canada, Australia and New Zealand and peaked in the number 2 spot in the UK. For the past 50 years, “American Pie” has maintained its iconic status. In 2000 Madonna covered the song, propelling it to the number one spot internationally, once again. It has been selected for preservation in the National Recording Registry by the Library of Congress. The National Recording Industry named it a top 5 song of the 20th century. “American Pie” remains one of the most beloved and powerful songs in American popular music history, inspiring generations of listeners to reflect on the past and rediscover “rock ‘n roll” once again. ❤️My Favorite Plugins:
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