Monthly Archives: November 2011

Don McLean Clears up ‘American Pie’ Origins

Don McLean says “American Pie” was written in Philadelphia, not the upstate New York bar that has long laid claim to it.

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, 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.

George Harrison’s Sister Pens Tell-All Book

George Harrison’s sister, Louise, is to break her silence for the first time by releasing a tell-all book about life with the Beatles legend.

The late guitarist, who died 10 years ago on Tuesday, was one of four siblings, and for years Louise has been urged to pen a book detailing her experiences growing up with the star.

Now she has finally relented and put together a book featuring her memories of the rocker, letters and never before seen photographs from her family album. And she’s adamant that her work, due for release in 2012 or 2013, will go some way toward dispelling the “myths and fantasies” surrounding the story of the Fab Four.

Louise, who lives in Branson, Mo., tells the Sarasota Herald-Tribune, “So much garbage has been written about George and the Beatles. Half of the stuff has been written by people who spent maybe an hour on a plane with the Beatles. Now I think it’s my duty to get the truth out.

“There’s been all kinds of myths and fantasies written about them. At least I have some facts to go on, because I was there — from even before they were the Beatles.”

Sugarland’s Jennifer Nettles Re-Marries

Sugarland’s Jennifer Nettles married entrepreneur Justin Miller, her boyfriend of more than two years, Nov. 26 at a small, sunset ceremony in Tennessee, reports. Miller is a former model who appeared in Sugarland’s 2006 video “Want To.”

 It is the second marriage for the 37-year-old Nettles, who quietly split from previous husband, nightclub owner Todd Van Sickle, in 2007. Nettles and Miller had not publicly revealed that they were engaged.

According to People, Nettles wore an Alexander McQueen gown when she wed Miller at a chapel in the foothills of the Smoky Mountains, in front of “an intimate group of close family and friends, including band mate Kristian Bush.”

I Won Again? Again? Taylor Swift Mops Up Another Music Awards Show

Taylor Swift, Nicki Minaj and Jennifer Lopez were the big winners at the 2011 American Music Awards Sunday night, a performance-heavy evening dominated by onstage collaborations by the year’s highest charting artists. Taylor Swift picked up three of the biggest awards of the night, including Artist of the Year, Favorite Country Music Album for her third full-length release Speak Now and Favorite Country Female Artist for the fourth straight year.
Lopez, who nabbed the award for Favorite Latin Music Artist, broke out her Billboard chart-topping RedOne ode-to-love “Papi” in a rhinestone-covered nude body suit before being joined on stage by fellow Favorite Latin Music Artist nominee Pitbull for their banger “On The Floor.” Later, Lopez lent her voice to the hook of’s new solo track “THE (The Hardest Ever)” in a futuristic black-light dance number that featured video of Mick Jagger performing a portion of the track.
There was more Mick to be had, at least in spirit, when Maroon 5 — who took home the first award of the night, Favorite Rock/Pop Band, Duo or Group — took the stage alongside Christina Aguilera to perform the undisputed song of summer (and Mom favorite) “Moves Like Jagger.” Maroon 5 frontman Adam Levine then crossed the stage to meet Travie McCoy and Gym Class Heroes, who launched into their Benny Blanco/RoboPop single, “Stereo Hearts.”
But GCH wasn’t the only artist to make use of a stereo last night. To open the show, Nicki Minaj showed off her most famous, uh, assets in a pair of silver boombox pants. The Young Money femcee plugged herself into David Guetta’s turntable stage for a tech-savvy performance of “Turn Me On” and “Super Bass” as Swift and Selena Gomez rapped along from their seats. Soon after, Nicki won Favorite Rap/Hip-Hop Artist (thanking superfan Swift in her acceptance speech) and Favorite Rap/Hip-Hop Album for her debut Pink Friday.
Justin Bieber took the stage early and alone in a white leather motorcycle outfit  for his ska-inflected holiday hit “Mistletoe” but failed to score any big trophies over the course of the evening, despite a virtual legion of Beliebers. And following an all-pink acoustic version of her tearjerker “The One That Got Away,” Katy Perry.  otherwise winless for the night, was presented a special American Music Achievement Award for racking up five No. 1 hits on a single album. Michael Jackson and Prince have also received the award, but Perry is the first female artist to earn the accolade.
Rihanna and Beyonce, though not in attendance, both picked up awards: Rihanna took home Favorite Soul/R&B Album for Loud — a vote of confidence on the eve of Talk That Talk’s  debut — and Beyoncé was named Favorite Soul/R&B Female artist.