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Saturday, June 3, 2023

Pulse of Naperville Music Scene – Celebrate 50 years of ‘American Pie’


When I think of my childhood and the songs that seemed to make my world go around, I think of all the classic rock staples like Led Zeppelin’s “Stairway To Heaven” or The Eagles’ “Hotel California.” When I think about songs that have touched entire generations of people throughout the world, that global scope brings to mind only a few chosen ones.

A song that immediately comes to mind is Don McLean’s “American Pie.” McLean’s masterpiece about “the day the music died” is a song that is known by just about everyone that walks the Earth. So, as the song is celebrating its 50th anniversary this year, I was given the honor and privilege to speak with McLean as he was promoting a new recording of the song by a vocal group called Home Free.

As I was preparing for my interview with McLean, I started to think of what a daunting task I had ahead of me. Is there a question that he hasn’t been asked?! On the other hand, I felt like I could talk to the man for hours about his entire catalog of brilliant folk songs.
I had fifteen minutes.

As a sign of the times, our interview was documented over a Zoom session and is available to view on my YouTube channel (search “Dr. Music Don McLean”). In the interview you’ll see a confident and comfortable man of 75 years that still has immense passion for life and music.

You’ll see a man that talks about touring the world whenever COVID restrictions will let him.

You’ll also see a man that is starstruck in the presence of greatness – and yes, that guy is me!

Scott "Dr. Music" Itter
Scott "Dr. Music" Itterhttp://DrMusic.org
Scott Itter resides in the Willowgate subdivision with his wife, Barbara, and their two children. Contact Scott at DrMusic@wowway.com.


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