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Don McLean Verifies American Pie Philadelphia Origins
 
  by: iradiotom - Philadelphia, PA
started: 11/28/11 4:00 pm | updated: 11/28/11 4:00 pm
 
It turns out Don McLean not only wrote his biggest hit, American Pie in Philadelphia, he also performed the song for the first time at Temple University in Philly

For years, a bar in upstate New York claimed the hit was penned there. But the Post-Star of Glens Falls says the 66-year-old singer and songwriter tells the newspaper that contrary to local lore, he didn’t write the song on cocktail napkins at the Tin and Lint in Saratoga Springs. He also says the first time he performed the song wasn’t at Caffe Lena (LEE’-nuh), a famous coffeehouse around the corner from the bar.

McLean says he wrote “American Pie” in Philadelphia and performed it for the first time at Temple University.

“American Pie” hit No. 1 in the Billboard charts in late 1971.

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