Don McLean wins Hollywood star when “American Pie” hits 50

Don McLean wins Hollywood star when “American Pie” hits 50

Los Angeles (Reuters) – Singer-songwriter Don McLean starred at the Hollywood Walk of Fame on Monday, celebrating the 50th anniversary of his classic single, American Pie.

McLean, 75, recalls how a nearly nine-minute song about the loss of innocence in the rock generation defined his career and came to be sung at an important moment in American cultural life. rice field.

“At the turn of the century, I was invited to the Clinton White House. I sang in front of 600,000 people in front of the reflecting pool, watching the Washington Monument. They were all on the last day of the millennium. Was singing “American Pie”, “said McLean.

“I had some great experiences,” he added.

McLean’s star is the 2,700th Hollywood Walk of Fame and was strategically placed outside the pie hole shop on Hollywood Boulevard.

“American Pie” was released in October 1971 and spent several weeks on charts in the US, Canada, Australia and the UK.

Madonna released a cover version in 2000, and the song features of the movies “Black Widow” and “Strange Al” Jankovic recorded a parody version inspired by the “Star Wars” movie in 1999.

“As far as pop songs are concerned,’American pies’ are almost as sacred as they get,” Jankovic said at a ceremony on Monday. “Thankfully, Don McLean has a great sense of humor and he has been very kind to my parody.”

“Thanks to the wonderful music that has given us over the years,” added Yankovic.

The “American Pie” makes many mysterious cultural references to figures from the 1960s, from Elvis Presley to Bob Dylan.

The lyrics were sold at an auction in New York for $ 1.2 million in 2015, and McLean wrote in a memo in the auction catalog about the song “going in the wrong direction” and “no longer idyllic.” I write that there is.

(Report by Reuters TV, edited by Mark Porter)

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