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Bye Bye Miss American Pie Hello Madonna Bye Bye Miss American Pie Drove my Chevy to the levee but the levee was dry American Pie sung by Don McLean was originally released in 1971 The song was written as a tribute to Buddy Holly Ritchie Valens and the Big Bopper who died tragically in a plane crash on February 3 1959 American Pie not only pays homage to three talented musicians but also serves as an allegory to the history of music Although the original song was written about twenty-nine years ago people can today still recall most of the lyrics that Don McLean created The legacy of American Pie is greater than words The song took over the airwaves and the consciousness of American popular culture in a way that few recordings have matched The more important chords that American Pie struck were ones of tone and mood Madonna the Material Girl recently released her version of American Pie Madonnas new release will probably never attain the height of popularity of McLeans version but it certainly is a modern twist on a timeless song So why would Madonna want to remake this legendary piece Perhaps Madonna chose to re-release the song to put closure to a millenium of musical eminence Even though the base of the new American Pie has been changed the song has been modified in many ways The change that stands out the most is the distinct difference in the back beat music Don McLeans version has more of a rock n roll theme with a simple arrangement conversely Madonna used an electronic dance beat The song also has distant background vocals sung by actor Rupert Everett Madonna re-did the song for the soundtrack of the movie The Next Best Thing which stars Everett and herself It would be easy to assume that the back beat was changed to suit
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