Mar 29, 2015

Bye, Bye, Miss American Pie: Don McLean's Famous Lyrics Offered at Auction

Bye, Bye, Miss American Pie; took my lyrics to the auction hoping someone would buy.

On April 7, 2015, Songwriter’s Hall of Fame inductee Don McLean will say “bye-bye” to the working manuscript and typed notes for his iconic 1971 hit “American Pie.” The 16 pages comprised of 237 lines of manuscript and 26 lines of typed text is expected to bring between $1 million and $1.5 million at Christie’s. The work may be viewed there between April 2-6 at the auction house’s New York gallery at 20 Rockefeller Center from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

The 16-page working manuscript for Don McLean’s hit “American Pie,” comprised of 237 lines hand-written lines and 26 lines of typed text is expected to bring between $1 million and $1.5 million at Christie’s when the work goes up for auction on April 7.
The 16-page working manuscript for Don McLean’s hit “American Pie,” comprised of 237 lines hand-written lines and 26 lines of typed text is expected to bring between $1 million and $1.5 million at Christie’s when the work goes up for auction on April 7.

McLean’s song has become an American classic. It achieved #1 status on billboard in 1972, the longest pop song to achieve that rank: it runs for 8 minutes and 36 seconds and takes up both sides of a standard 45 RPM record. In an era when most pop songs were between 2-3 minutes long, it’s surprising that “American Pie” got any airplay at all. Most radio stations played only the “A” side of his release. I suppose deejays were motivated by the catchy phrase “took my Chevy to the levee but the levee was dry.” Read More

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