Don McLean’s American Pie album – featured on BBC 4’s “Classic Albums”

There are six days left to watch the “Classic Albums” documentary on Don McLean’s “American Pie” from BBC 4.

It is a fantastic programme with McLean himself plus the musicians and producer involved talking about the album. Of course, it has some great stuff on the title track.


How an argument over lumpy mash potato sparked one of the most beautiful ballads ever created

The wonderful BBC archive throws up this brilliant 1997 interview with Kathy Etchingham, who was Jimi Hendrix’s live-in girlfriend for several years. Under the series “You probably think this song is about you”, Ms Etchingham explains how a domestic argument between the two, over her cooking skills, led to the creation of “The Wind Cries Mary”. Kathy Etchingham comes across as disarmingly sensible and unsentimental.