LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – Singer-songwriter Don McClain was awarded a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame on Monday to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the pop hit “American Pie.”
McClain, 75, recalls how the nearly nine-minute success of losing the innocence of a rocker generation defined his career and sang at key moments in the cultural life of the United States.
“At the turn of the century, I was invited to the Clinton White House. I sang in front of 600,000 people in front of the reflecting pool of the Washington Monument, and everyone was singing ‘American Pie’ on the last day of the millennium,” McClain said. “I’ve had great experiences,” he added.
MacLean’s star is #2700 on the Walk of Fame and is strategically placed outside the Piehole Shop on Hollywood Boulevard.
“American Pie” was released in October 1971 and spent weeks on the charts in the United States, Canada, Australia and the United Kingdom.
Singer Madonna recorded a cover version in 2000, the song in Black Widow, and comedian “Ward Al” Jankovi?
American Pie makes many vague cultural references to 1960s cultural figures, from Elvis Presley to Bob Dylan.
(Reuters TV report)
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