American Pie

EMI Catalog (USA)
Release date
24 Apr 1987
Running length
10 tracks
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    Track     Duration Listeners
1 American Pie 8:34 439,227
2 Till Tomorrow 2:15 22,978
3 Vincent 4:01 140,963
4 Crossroads 3:39 32,869
5 Winterwood 3:09 38,100
6 Empty Chairs 3:23 34,966
7 Everybody Loves Me, Baby 3:36 18,107
8 Sister Fatima 2:35 26,674
9 The Grave 3:14 24,003
10 Babylon 1:40 30,733

About this album

American Pie is the title of a 1971 music album by Don McLean, best known for its title track about The Day the Music Died. The third track, “Vincent,” is a tribute to the famed artist Vincent Van Gogh.

The original 1971 LP is dedicated to Buddy Holly, and was reissued in 1980 minus the track “Sister Fatima”. The original United Artists Records inner sleeve featured a free verse poem written by McLean about the late William Boyd, also known as Hopalong Cassidy, along with a picture of Boyd in full Hopalong regalia. This sleeve was removed within a year of the album’s release. The words to this poem appear on a plaque at the hospital where Boyd died.

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  • Tynef

    I never thought how good this album actually was. Glad to own it with a 8:36 version of American Pie ;-)

    14 Jun 2012 Reply
  • bigpimpin1

    Great album. Bought it in a second-hand vinyl store yesterday. I've known the album for years now, glad that I have it on vinyl now.

    3 Jun 2012 Reply
  • imdwalrus05

    This is a phenomenal album - not just "American Pie" and filler, like I'd always assumed it'd be.

    20 Mar 2011 Reply
  • greenvillepa

    great song

    5 Dec 2010 Reply
  • Lowbacca

    i'm more than surprised... this is such a good album.

    20 Jul 2010 Reply
  • jawjagrl

    OMG.... he has always been amazing... this takes me back to the 70's when times were quite different (AND MUCH BETTER).......... Don McLean you were way ahead of your time!!! LONG LIVE UR LYRICS & MUSIC!!!

    4 Jul 2010 Reply
  • thisvalythat

    Eh, I have this album somewhere... gotta find it!

    23 May 2010 Reply
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  • wsouski

    One of my most favorite songs ever.

    28 Mar 2009 Reply
  • chazkay

    "Till Tomorrow is a great one off the Same Album, i mean there was actually moon landings going on and the National league won the All-Star game every year......

    6 Mar 2009 Reply
  • chazkay

    This was the first song I remember attaching myself to. I was in 5th grade - it was on am radio every morning as my Dad drove me to school. I had a huge crush on this cute little blonde named Michelle, and I fantasized about dancing with her "in the gym". 1970????

    6 Mar 2009 Reply
  • lopezxav

    RIP Buddy Holly, Richie Valens, Big Bopper

    3 Feb 2009 Reply
  • charliedub1

    love this track

    2 Feb 2009 Reply
  • dingledon

    this is one great album it reminds me of some great holidays I had as a kid. my mum and dad would have it running on the stereo in the car, apart from everybody loves, me baby which seems a bit out of place everyone should listern to the whole album.

    17 Oct 2008 Reply

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