Don McLean Shares the Meaning Behind ‘American Pie’ with Tucker Carlson on FOX News

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Iconic American singer-songwriter Don McLean talks to Tucker Carlson about the political messages within his classic ‘American Pie.’

Singer-songwriter Donald McLean is best known for his 1971 hit song “American Pie”, an 8.5-minute folk rock “cultural touchstone” about the loss of innocence of the early rock and roll generation.

WCFL became a Top 40 music station, and competed with WLS. The station also moved from the American Furniture Mart where it had been since 1931 to the then new Marina City, where it remained for the next 20 years. DJs were Jim Runyon, Joel Sebastian, Dick Williamson, Jim Stagg, Ron Britain (“America’s First Psychedelic Disk Johnny”[52]), who did a second stint at the station in 1978,[53] the legendary Dick Biondi

WCFL-AM DJ Bob Dearborn analyzed the lyrics and first published his interpretation on January 7, 1972, eight days before “American Pie” reached number 1 nationally. Numerous other interpretations, which together largely converged on Dearborn’s interpretation, quickly followed. McLean previously declined to say anything definitive about the lyrics until 1978.


American Pie by Don McLean provided to YouTube by Universal Music Group (℗ 1971 Capitol Records, LLC).



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