Don McLean back in the day (1975). American Pie came out in 1971. Central Press/Getty Images hide caption toggle caption Central Press/Getty Images The Two-Way Don McLean Fined For Speeding; No Chevy (Or Levee) Involved January 25, 2013 If we have to tell you why you should wonder if he was driving a Chevy to the levee, then that must mean you're not "of a certain age." Find your mom or dad's old copy of American Pie and check it out. If there's a turntable around, that is.