American Pie

"American Pie”  is a song by American folk rock singer-songwriter Don McLean.  Recorded and released on the American Pie album in 1971, the single was a number-one US hit for four weeks in 1972.  In the UK, the single reached No. 2 on its original 1972 release and a reissue in 1991 reached No. 12.  The song was listed as the No. 5 song on the RIAA project Songs of the Century.   (More from Wikipedia)
Sadly the Latin presence in American rock and roll is not at all recognized.  Most people only know about Ritchie Valens, who had a couple of hit songs back in the 1950’s, “Donna” (or “Oh Donna”) and “La Bamba” (the title of a 1987 biopic film about him, La Bamba starring Lou Diamond Phillips).  Along with the better known Buddy Holly and The Big Bopper, Valens died in the 1959 plane crash in Iowa that was immortalized in Don McLean’s haunting “American Pie as “The Day the Music Died.
(January 2011)
Last edited: March 22, 2021