Don McLean performs American Pie live at BBC in 1972 – Newsnight archives

Written by on January 15, 2020

15th January 1972, Don McLean's 'American Pie' started a four week run at No.1 in the US singles chart. The song is a recounting of "The Day the Music Died" (a term taken from the song) the 1959 plane crash that killed Buddy Holly, Ritchie Valens and The Big Bopper (Jiles Perry Richardson, Jr.), and the aftermath. The song was listed as the No.5 song on the RIAA project Songs of the Century. https://youtu.be/RciM7P9K3FA

Don McLean performs American Pie live at BBC in 1972 – Newsnight archives

American Pie – performed at the BBC in 1972. As Don McLean auctions off the original annotated lyric sheet to American Pie, we dug this live performance out …


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