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My Oh My, It's Mr. American Pie

In celebration of the 50th anniversary of American Pie, the album and single, Don McLean was recently presented with a plaque for multi-platinum certifications for American Pie and a platinum certi

My Oh My, It's Mr. American Pie

By FYI Staff

In celebration of the 50th anniversary of American Pie, the album and single, Don McLean was recently presented with a plaque for multi-platinum certifications for American Pie and a platinum certification for Vincent.


The celebrated Songwriter Hall of Fame member was honoured by Universal Music Canada’s Ivar Hamilton, VP Catalogue Marketing; Warren Stewart, Director of Catalogue Marketing; and Mark O’Keeffe, Catalogue Marketing Coordinator, backstage at the John Bassett Theatre in Toronto.

The song, of course, is an ode to the death of Buddy Holly, Ritchie Valens and J.P. “The Big Bopper” Richardson, who died in a plane crash in 1959, and references a changing of the guard with “the Jester” being a veiled reference to Bob Dylan.

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Once asked what "American Pie" meant, McLean replied, "It means I don't ever have to work again if I don't want to.”

Released in 1971, American Pie was a number-one US hit for four weeks at the beginning of 1972. McLean is now promoting the 50th anniversary of the song with an extended album release and a tour.

McLean has had many other hits, including Vincent, And I Love You So, and Castles in the Air, but American Pie has taken on a life of its own, earning him as much as $500K in annual royalties, according to one UK source.

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Mariposa Folk Festival Widens Its Scope with 2024 Lineup

Created in 1961, the long-running Canadian folk/roots festival will present Old Crow Medicine Show, Bruce Cockburn, Band of Horses, Noah Cyrus, William Prince, Maestro Fresh Wes and more for this year's edition.

Canada's longest-lived and most arguably important folk music festival, the Mariposa Folk Festival, has announced its 2024 lineup. The event runs July 5 to 7 at Tudhope Park in Orillia, the Ontario town that first hosted the fest back in 1961.

It's a compelling and stylistically diverse lineup, headed by Old Crow Medicine Show, Bruce Cockburn, Bahamas, Band of Horses, Noah Cyrus, William Prince and Maestro Fresh Wes. That grouping includes both Canadian and American acts, and showcases a diversity of genres, with hip-hop, world music, classic rock, and pop-rock artists billed alongside more conventional folk/roots singer/songwriters. It also includes names like Amigo The Devil, Donovan Woods, Dwayne Gretzky and Jesse Cook.

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