The man who wrote the song about the day the music died!
McLean’s career as a recording artist started only two years prior to American Pie. With the album Tapestry, Don McLean entered the folk scene where he made friends with Pete Seeger and joined the circuit.
When McLean’s indie label Media Arts was sold to United Artists, he got an unexpected chance to make his second album for a major label. McLean delivered American Pie and became world-famous almost overnight.
The day the music died
A lyrical masterpiece, American Pie tells the story of how Don McLean, as a paperboy, finds out that three of his musical heroes have died.
The deaths of Buddy Holly, Richie Valens, and The Big Bopper in a plane crash on February 3rd ’59 may have been described in many ways, but no one ever forgets to mention Don McLean’s classic American Pie, in which the story is told so beautifully through a song.
Don himself claims “It’s not analysis, it’s poetry.” When asked what the song meant to him, he answered grinning “It means I never have to work again”.
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You can learn how to play American Pie by Don McLean using chords, lyrics, chord analysis, and Spytunes video guitar lessons.
| G D/F# Em | Am C | Em D Dsus4 | 2/4 Dsus2 D |
A long long time ago, I can still remember how that music used to make me smile…
You can learn how to play Vincent by Don McLean using chords, lyrics, chord analysis, and Spytunes video guitar lessons.
| N.C G69 | G Gsus4 | G G6 Gsus4 | Am Asus2 |
Starry, starry night. Paint your palette blue and gray…
You can learn how to play Wonderful World by Sam Cooke using chords, lyrics, and the original recording.
| B | G#m |
Don’t know much about history…