This is an early recording of Don singing “American Pie” unearthed from the archives of WMUC radio, a student run station at the University of Maryland. The station believes the recording originates from spring 1971, well before the song was released for sale as a single. There are some differences between this WMUC recording and […]


Don McLean’s original recording of American Pie returned to the UK charts on February 12th, 40 years after its first release. In 1972 the song peaked at number 2; in 1991 it’s official re-release saw it climb into the UK top-10 and in 2000 Madonna’s version reached number 1. The song also charted in the […]


5,000 people parading through the streets of Michigan’s second largest city, Grand Rapids, lip synching to Don McLean’s “American Pie.” This version of “American Pie” is from Don McLean’s 1976 album called “Solo”, still widely available.


Don McLean appeared on the Andrew Marr show this morning. This is primarily a politics show and Don’s support was David Cameron, who on Friday may become Britain’s new Prime Minister. Andrew Marr’s brief interview with Don McLean has made the BBC News website front page. Don McLean talked in his usual way about writing American Pie except today […]


On Sunday Garth Brooks performed “American Pie” at President-elect Obama’s Inauguration Concert in Washington DC in front of the Lincoln Memorial – Obama sang along! This is the second time “American Pie” has been sung in this location – Don McLean sang it on New Year’s Eve in 1999.


Brockton, Mass. October 4, 1975 Dear Don, I got your letter, and I thank you for it. In writing my book, I was exposed enough to the world of show-biz to know that I wouldn’t want to be part of it, but I retain enough innocence or naivete to find it a thrill to get […]

Police reports that they’ve uncovered Don McLean’s original handwritten lyrics of American Pie in a house in Edinburgh have been hitting the headlines today but are wide of the mark: http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/scotland/edinburgh_and_east/7225857.stm The “discovery” was in fact the limited edition reproduction sold through his website a few years ago! Don McLean was able to confirm to the Scottish […]


Initially inspired by his memories of the death of Buddy Holly in 1959, ‘American Pie’ is autobiographical and presents an abstract story of Don McLean’s life from the mid 1950s until when he wrote the song in the late 1960s. It is almost entirely symbolised by the evolution of popular music over these years and […]