WTF: Don McLean clears up “American Pie” originsBy Reverb Staff | November 28th, 2011 | 2 comments
Well, in case you ever wondered as to the true story behind a kind of average song about the tragic death of three non-average dudes, here you go:
SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. — Don McLean says his “American Pie” was written in Pennsylvania, not in an upstate New York bar that has long laid claim to being the place where the young folk musician penned the lyrics to the 1971 chart-topping song.
The Post-Star of Glens Falls says the 66-year-old singer and songwriter told the newspaper last week that contrary to local lore, he didn’t write the song on cocktail napkins at the Tin and Lint in Saratoga Springs. He also says the first time he performed the song wasn’t at Caffe Lena (LEE’-nuh), a famous coffeehouse around the corner from the bar.
McLean says he wrote “American Pie” in Philadelphia and performed it for the first time at Temple University.
“American Pie” hit No. 1 in the Billboard charts in late 1971.
Still not as interesting as this version: