History Music / DonMclean

11th Jan '15 4:46:30 AM Patachou
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By far best known for "American Pie" (which was voted Number 5 of the 365 Songs of the Century by the Recording Industry Association of America and the National Endowment for the Arts), Don [=McLean=] is an influential folk-rock singer/songwriter. He reached the height of his success in the 70s with his album, ''American Pie'', which contained the titular hit as well as the other notable single, "Vincent."

"American Pie" was written in memory of Music/BuddyHolly, Ritchie Valens, and The Big Bopper, who were killed in a plane crash in 1959. The song popularized the phrase "The Day the Music Died" in reference to the event. The lyrics also reflect the impact that event had on [=McLean's=] childhood and the song is semi-autobiographical in nature. It reached number one on the charts for four weeks in 1972 and holds the record for the longest song to occupy that slot, with a run time of 8 minutes 36 seconds (though only half the song was on the A-side; the other half was on the B-side).

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By far best known for "American Pie" (which was voted Number 5 of the 365 Songs of the Century by the Recording Industry Association of America and the National Endowment for the Arts), Don [=McLean=] is an influential folk-rock singer/songwriter. He reached the height of his success in the 70s with his album, ''American Pie'', ''Music/AmericanPie'', which contained the titular hit as well as the other notable single, "Vincent."

"American Pie" was written in memory of Music/BuddyHolly, Ritchie Valens, Music/RitchieValens, and The Big Bopper, Music/TheBigBopper, who were killed in a plane crash in 1959. The song popularized the phrase "The Day the Music Died" in reference to the event. The lyrics also reflect the impact that event had on [=McLean's=] childhood and the song is semi-autobiographical in nature. It reached number one on the charts for four weeks in 1972 and holds the record for the longest song to occupy that slot, with a run time of 8 minutes 36 seconds (though only half the song was on the A-side; the other half was on the B-side).




'''Albums'''
* ''Music/AmericanPie'' (1970)



%%* IntelligenceEqualsIsolation: "Vincent"

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%%* * IntelligenceEqualsIsolation: "Vincent""Vincent" sings how Van Gogh was a creative genius ahead of his time, but that this made him a recluse too, misunderstood by others.



%%* WordSaladLyrics: "American Pie"



->''"This will be the day that I died."''

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->''"This will be the day that I died.die."''
17th Nov '14 4:54:55 AM Geoduck
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%%* IAmGreatSong: "Everybody Loves Me, Baby"

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%%* * IAmGreatSong: The narrator in "Everybody Loves Me, Baby"Baby" claims that he's got everything in the world, except the person who he's singing the song to.
17th Aug '14 4:50:02 AM MathsAngelicVersion
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* LyricalDissonance:
%%** "Primetime"
** Also "Have You Seen Me?", which is a rollicking number about... child soldiers.

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* LyricalDissonance:
%%** "Primetime"
** Also
LyricalDissonance: "Have You Seen Me?", which Me?" is a rollicking number about... child soldiers.soldiers.
%%** "Primetime" (Please correct the indentation when you add context to and uncomment this one.)



* WordSaladLyrics: "American Pie"

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* %%* WordSaladLyrics: "American Pie"
17th Aug '14 4:48:14 AM MathsAngelicVersion
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* BlackSheepHit: "American Pie", which effectively dogged his career because everyone wanted him to write another song just like "American Pie".
* CreatorBacklash: "American Pie", not just for the fact that it's overshadowed his other songs tremendously, but also [=McLean=]'s eternal annoyance at constantly being asked what the song means.
** So much so that part of [=McLean's=] contract stipulates that any advertising must list at least five other songs of his if they want to tout "American Pie". How many songs of [=McLean's=] do you know?



* GriefSong: "American Pie" for the three victims of The Day the Music Died, and "Vincent" for Creator/VincentVanGogh and "The Grave" for the unnamed soldier and his comrades.
* IAmGreatSong: "Everybody Loves Me, Baby"
* IntelligenceEqualsIsolation: "Vincent"

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* GriefSong: GriefSong:
** The chorus of
"American Pie" grieves for the three victims of The Day the Music Died, Died. The entire song is a eulogy for the musical scene of the '50s and '60s and the cultures surrounding it, and is grieving for more reasons than just Buddy Holly's death.
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"Vincent" for Creator/VincentVanGogh and mourns the tragic life of Creator/VincentVanGogh
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"The Grave" for the unnamed soldier and his comrades.
* %%* IAmGreatSong: "Everybody Loves Me, Baby"
* %%* IntelligenceEqualsIsolation: "Vincent"



* LyricalDissonance: "Primetime"

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* LyricalDissonance: LyricalDissonance:
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"Primetime"



* OneHitWonder: While "Vincent" and "Crying" both reached the top twenty on the American charts, "American Pie" was his only number one and the song he is most famous for.
* RearrangeTheSong: Music/{{Madonna}}'s version of "American Pie" took a few liberties, to say the least. [=McLean=] himself gave it a positive review, however, saying that the album's cover was "a gift from a goddess", and that her version was "mystical and sensual".

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* OneHitWonder: While "Vincent" and "Crying" both reached the top twenty on the American charts, "American Pie" was his only number one and the song he is most famous for.
* RearrangeTheSong:
RearrangeTheSong:
**
Music/{{Madonna}}'s version of "American Pie" took a few liberties, to say the least. [=McLean=] himself gave it a positive review, however, saying that the album's cover was "a gift from a goddess", and that her version was "mystical and sensual".



* RefrainFromAssuming: There are some people who know "American Pie" as "The Day the Music Died".

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* RefrainFromAssuming: RefrainFromAssuming:
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There are some people who know "American Pie" as "The Day the Music Died".



* SomewhereSong: "Castles in the Air"

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* %%* SomewhereSong: "Castles in the Air"



* ThreeChordsAndTheTruth

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* %%* ThreeChordsAndTheTruth



* TheWalrusWasPaul: On the subject of "American Pie," the only concrete explanation [=McLean=] has ever given is that it means he'll never have to work again.
** He has admitted that the line "February made me shiver/with every paper I'd deliver" was about him learning about the deaths of Buddy Holly, The Big Bopper, and Ritchie Valens while he was folding papers for his paper route.

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* TheWalrusWasPaul: On the subject of "American Pie," the only concrete explanation [=McLean=] has ever given is that it means he'll never have to work again.
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again. He has admitted that the line "February made me shiver/with every paper I'd deliver" was about him learning about the deaths of Buddy Holly, The Big Bopper, and Ritchie Valens while he was folding papers for his paper route.
23rd May '14 3:16:12 PM RushLimborg
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* MoralityBallad: "American Pie," sort of.

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* MoralityBallad: "American Pie," sort of. Faithful fans and analysts of the song have more-or-less concluded it's a warning about the cultural breakdown of TheSixties--that America had been severely damaged by it.
15th Apr '14 3:16:43 PM LongLiveHumour
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* TeenageDeathSongs: "The Grave", about a young Marine dying in the VietnamWar.

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* TeenageDeathSongs: "The Grave", about a young Marine dying in the VietnamWar.UsefulNotes/VietnamWar.
25th Jan '14 7:04:25 PM RisefromYourGrave
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->''"This will be be the day that I died."''

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->''"This will be be the day that I died."''
25th Jan '14 7:04:08 PM RisefromYourGrave
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->''"Bye-bye, Miss American Pie...."''

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->''"Bye-bye, Miss American Pie....Pie..."''



!!He/His Work Contains Examples Of:

* AmericanTitle - "American Pie"
* BlackSheepHit - "American Pie," which effectively dogged his career because everyone wanted him to write another song just like "American Pie."
* CreatorBacklash - "American Pie", not just for the fact that it's overshadowed his other songs tremendously, but also [=McLean=]'s eternal annoyance at constantly being asked what the song means.
** So much so that part of [=McLean's=] contract stipulates that any advertising must list at least 5 other songs of his if they want to tout "American Pie". How many songs of [=McLean's=] do you know?
* GoMadFromTheRevelation - Similar to the Total Perspective Vortex from ''Franchise/TheHitchhikersGuideToTheGalaxy'', "Infinity" appears to be about being confronted by the [[InsignificantLittleBluePlanet smallness of Earth in the universe]].
* GriefSong - "American Pie" for the three victims of The Day the Music Died, and "Vincent" for Creator/VincentVanGogh and "The Grave" for the unnamed soldier and his comrades.
* IAmGreatSong - "Everybody Loves Me, Baby"
* IntelligenceEqualsIsolation - "Vincent"
* LastChorusSlowDown - the final verse of "American Pie"
* LyricalColdOpen - "American Pie"
* LyricalDissonance - "Primetime".
** Also "Have You Seen Me?", which is a rollicking number about...child soldiers.
* MoralityBallad - "American Pie," sort of
* OneHitWonder - While "Vincent" and "Crying" both reached the top twenty on the American charts, "American Pie" was his only number one and the song he is most famous for.
* RearrangeTheSong - Madonna's version of "American Pie" took a few liberties, to say the least. [=McLean=] himself gave it a positive review, however, saying that the album's cover was "a gift from a goddess", and that her version was "mystical and sensual".
** [=McLean=] himself did this with his own "Castles in the Air," and wound up having a much bigger hit with the remake.
* RefrainFromAssuming - There are some people who know "American Pie" as "The Day The Music Died".

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!!He/His Work Contains Examples Of:

work contains examples of:

* AmericanTitle - AmericanTitle: "American Pie"
* BlackSheepHit - BlackSheepHit: "American Pie," Pie", which effectively dogged his career because everyone wanted him to write another song just like "American Pie."
Pie".
* CreatorBacklash - CreatorBacklash: "American Pie", not just for the fact that it's overshadowed his other songs tremendously, but also [=McLean=]'s eternal annoyance at constantly being asked what the song means.
** So much so that part of [=McLean's=] contract stipulates that any advertising must list at least 5 five other songs of his if they want to tout "American Pie". How many songs of [=McLean's=] do you know?
* GoMadFromTheRevelation - GoMadFromTheRevelation: Similar to the Total Perspective Vortex from ''Franchise/TheHitchhikersGuideToTheGalaxy'', "Infinity" appears to be about being confronted by the [[InsignificantLittleBluePlanet smallness of Earth in the universe]].
* GriefSong - GriefSong: "American Pie" for the three victims of The Day the Music Died, and "Vincent" for Creator/VincentVanGogh and "The Grave" for the unnamed soldier and his comrades.
* IAmGreatSong - IAmGreatSong: "Everybody Loves Me, Baby"
* IntelligenceEqualsIsolation - IntelligenceEqualsIsolation: "Vincent"
* LastChorusSlowDown - the LastChorusSlowDown: The final verse of "American Pie"
Pie".
* LyricalColdOpen - LyricalColdOpen: "American Pie"
* LyricalDissonance - "Primetime".
LyricalDissonance: "Primetime"
** Also "Have You Seen Me?", which is a rollicking number about... child soldiers.
* MoralityBallad - MoralityBallad: "American Pie," sort of
of.
* OneHitWonder - OneHitWonder: While "Vincent" and "Crying" both reached the top twenty on the American charts, "American Pie" was his only number one and the song he is most famous for.
* RearrangeTheSong - Madonna's RearrangeTheSong: Music/{{Madonna}}'s version of "American Pie" took a few liberties, to say the least. [=McLean=] himself gave it a positive review, however, saying that the album's cover was "a gift from a goddess", and that her version was "mystical and sensual".
** [=McLean=] himself did this with his own "Castles in the Air," Air", and wound up having a much bigger hit with the remake.
* RefrainFromAssuming - RefrainFromAssuming: There are some people who know "American Pie" as "The Day The the Music Died".



* SecondVerseCurse - Because "American Pie" was so long, it was released originally on a dual-sided single. Some radios only played Part One.
* SomewhereSong - "Castles in the Air"
* TeenageDeathSongs - "The Grave", about a young Marine dying in the VietnamWar.

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* SecondVerseCurse - Because "American Pie" was so long, it was released originally on a dual-sided single. Some radios only played Part One.
* SomewhereSong -
SomewhereSong: "Castles in the Air"
* TeenageDeathSongs - TeenageDeathSongs: "The Grave", about a young Marine dying in the VietnamWar.



* TitledAfterTheSong - ''American Pie''
* TheWalrusWasPaul - On the subject of "American Pie," the only concrete explanation [=McLean=] has ever given is that it means he'll never have to work again.

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* TitledAfterTheSong - ''American Pie''
TitledAfterTheSong: ''Film/AmericanPie''
* TheWalrusWasPaul - TheWalrusWasPaul: On the subject of "American Pie," the only concrete explanation [=McLean=] has ever given is that it means he'll never have to work again.



* WordSaladLyrics - "American Pie"
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* WordSaladLyrics - WordSaladLyrics: "American Pie"
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->''"This will be be the day that I died."''
28th Dec '13 2:35:24 PM LongLiveHumour
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* GriefSong - "American Pie" for the three victims of The Day the Music Died, and "Vincent" for VincentVanGogh and "The Grave" for the unnamed soldier and his comrades.

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* GriefSong - "American Pie" for the three victims of The Day the Music Died, and "Vincent" for VincentVanGogh Creator/VincentVanGogh and "The Grave" for the unnamed soldier and his comrades.
20th Nov '13 1:52:06 AM Mdumas43073
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* TeenageDeathSongs - ''The Grave'', of a young Marine dying in VietNamWar.

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* TeenageDeathSongs - ''The Grave'', of "The Grave", about a young Marine dying in VietNamWar.the VietnamWar.
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