Songs You May Have Missed #399


Don McLean: “Empty Chairs” (1971)

Having one gigantic hit song can be a mixed blessing for an artist.

It pains me to hear stories of drunken “fans” badgering Don McLean throughout his live concerts for the only song they came to hear, uber-anthem “American Pie”.

This guy was a gifted writer, capable of spinning a set full of thoughtful, diverse and colorful tunes for the patient listener. Trouble is, “American Pie” is the ultimate dive bar sing-along, and it must come at or near the end, otherwise McLean would play the rest of his set to a lot of…empty chairs.

If you like his hit single “Vincent”, this one should find favor with you too.

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