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American Pie song title page

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1 American Pie 1   Jan 1972  
  Don McLean  
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2 American Pie   Sep 1995  

3 American Pie   Oct 1995  
  Just Luis  
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4 The Saga Begins   Jul 1999  
  Weird Al Yankovic  
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5 American Pie 7   Mar 2000  
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American Pie was a 1972 number one song for its writer, Don McLean. The song lyrics referred to 'the day the music died,' a sentiment reflecting upon the February 3, 1959, plane crash that killed young rockers Buddy Holly, Ritchie Valens, and The Big Bopper. In 2000, a dance version by Madonna reached number 7.
The 1999 song The Saga Begins by Weird Al Yankovic was a spoof of American Pie. His lyrics were changed to reflect on characters in the movie Star Wars.

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