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Madonna celebrates 20th anniversary of ‘American Pie’ single

“American Pie” was penned by iconic singer-songwriter Don McLean. Next year, he will be celebrating the song’s 50th anniversary of this American standard.

Her The Next Best Thing film co-star Rupert Everett encouraged her to record it for the soundtrack of the movie. Although the film was a commercial and critical flop, the song “American Pie” became a worldwide hit. It peaked at No. 29 on the Billboard Hot 100 charts, and it reached No. 1 on the Billboard Dance Club Songs Charts.

Madonna’s version of “American Pie” was produced by William Orbit, her lead collaborator on “Ray of Light” and “Beautiful Stranger.”

Don McLean praised the “Material Girl” for covering his classic tune. “I loved it,” he exclaimed. “I thought it was outstanding. I thought Madonna did a great job with it. To me, she’s an artist for the 20th and the 21st century. She is magnificent.”

McLean acknowledged that he has received many gifts from God, but this was the first time that he received “a gift from a goddess.” Her rendition had a nostalgic and its own patriotic vibe to it.

“I sure liked what she did with that song. I will always say nice things about Madonna,” McLean told Digital Journal this past April.

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Markos Papadatos is Digital Journal's Editor-at-Large for Music News. Papadatos is a Greek-American journalist and educator that has authored over 15,000 original articles over the past 15 years. He is a consecutive five-time "Best of Long Island" winner that has won such categories as "Best Author," "Best Blogger," "Best Poet," "Best Twitter Account" and the coveted "Best Long Island Personality" twice.

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