Taylor Swift sends flowers to Don McLean after song breaks record held by ‘American Pie’
The songstress sent flowers to Don McLean, whose song “American Pie” first set the record when it hit No. 1 in 1972, with a runtime of around 8 minutes and 37 seconds. The new version of “All Too Well,” a part of Swift’s rerelease of her 2012 album “Red,” clocks in at just over 10 minutes.
In a note to McLean, Swift wrote about the singer’s impact on her music.
“I will never forget that I’m standing on the shoulders of giants,” Swift wrote. “Your music has been so important to me. Sending love one writer of LONG SONGS to another.”
“There is something to be said for a great song that has staying power,” McLean said. “‘American Pie’ remained on the top for 50 years and now Taylor Swift has unseated such a historic piece of artistry. Let’s face it, nobody ever wants to lose that #1 spot, but if I had to lose it to somebody, I sure am glad it was another great singer/songwriter such as Taylor.”