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Encyclopedia > Don McLean
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Don McLean
Birth name Donald McLean
Born 2 October 1945 (1945-10-02) (age 62)
Genre(s) Folk
Folk rock
Occupation(s) singer-songwriter
Instrument(s) Vocals
Years active 1970 - present
Website http://www.don-mclean.com/

Donald McLean (born October 2, 1945 in New Rochelle, New York) is an American singer-songwriter. He is most famous for his 1971 songs "American Pie" and "Vincent". Image File history File links Broom_icon. ... Don MacLean is a British comedian, born 11th March, 1944, who hosted BBC television series Crackerjack with Michael Aspel, Peter Glaze, and Jan Hunt in the 1970s. ... is the 275th day of the year (276th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1945 (MCMXLV) was a common year starting on Monday (link will display the full calendar). ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... Folk song redirects here. ... Bob Dylans folk-rock album, Blonde on Blonde Folk-rock is a musical genre, combining elements of folk music and rock music. ... The term singer-songwriter refers to performers who both write and sing their own material. ... A musical instrument is a device constructed or modified with the purpose of making music. ... Harry Belafonte singing, photograph by C. van Vechten Singing is the act of producing musical sounds with the voice, which is often contrasted with speech. ... For other uses, see Guitar (disambiguation). ... A short grand piano, with the lid up. ... is the 275th day of the year (276th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1945 (MCMXLV) was a common year starting on Monday (link will display the full calendar). ... New Rochelle City Hall New Roc City New Rochelle (French: Nouvelle-Rochelle) is a city in the southeast portion of the U.S. state of New York in Westchester County, 16 miles (26 km) from Grand Central Terminal in New York City and 2 miles north of the border with... The term singer-songwriter refers to performers who both write and sing their own material. ... This page is about musical songs. ... For other uses, see American Pie (disambiguation). ... Vincent is a song by Don McLean written as a tribute to Vincent Van Gogh. ...


Personal life

Don McLean was profoundly affected by the deaths of both Buddy Holly and John F. Kennedy. In his personal life, he endured the death of his father in 1961. McLean graduated from Iona Preparatory School in 1963, but dropped out of Villanova University after only four months. He later attended night school at Iona College and received a Bachelors degree in Business Administration in 1968. He was a popular folk singer at campus events. With the help of a grant from the New York State Council on the Arts, he began reaching a wider public, with visits to towns up and down the Hudson River. He learned the art of performing from his friend and mentor Pete Seeger. McLean accompanied Seeger on his Clearwater boat up the Hudson River in 1969 to protest environmental pollution in the river. The Clearwater campaign was widely credited for improving water quality in the Hudson River. [1] For the Weezer song, see Buddy Holly (song). ... John Kennedy and JFK redirect here. ... Iona Preparatory School is an all-boys Catholic high school located in New Rochelle, NY in suburban Westchester County. ... Villanova University is a private university located in Radnor Township, a suburb northwest of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in the United States. ... The main entrance to Iona College Iona College is located in New Rochelle, New York, 20 miles north of Manhattan in suburban Westchester County. ... A bachelors degree is usually an undergraduate academic degree awarded for a course that generally lasts three or four years. ... Master of Business Administration (MBA) is a tertiary degree in business management. ... The New York State Council on the Arts (NYSCA) is an arts council serving the U.S. state of New York. ... The Hudson River, called Muh-he-kun-ne-tuk in Mahican or as the Lenape Native Americans called it in Unami, Muhheakantuck, is a river that runs through the eastern portion of New York State and, along its southern terminus, demarcates the border between the states of New York and... Peter Seeger (born May 3, 1919), almost universally known as Pete Seeger, is a folk singer, political activist, and author. ... the Clearwater Launched in 1969, the sloop Clearwater is an environmental classroom sailing on the Hudson River, New York. ...

McLean had a series of conflicts with Saturday Night Live writer Andy Breckman, starting when Breckman opened for McLean on tour in 1980.[2] Breckman and McLean have penned competing renditions of the origins of this feud, both of which are available online.[3] This article is about the American television series. ... Andy Breckman (born March 3, 1955) is the creator and executive producer of the television series Monk, on the USA Network. ...


"American Pie"

Main article: American Pie

Don McLean's most famous composition, "American Pie," is often interpreted as describing the deaths of Buddy Holly, Ritchie Valens and The Big Bopper in an airplane crash on February 3, 1959, spawning the phrase, "The Day the Music Died." McLean has stated that the lyrics are also somewhat autobiographical and present an abstract story of his life from the mid-1950s until the time he wrote the song in the late 1960s. [citation needed] The hometown legend is that "the levee" is his hometown bar, the Beechmont Tavern near Iona College.[citation needed] "American Pie" symbolizes the ongoing radical and tumultuous changes in popular music during this period, evolving from the often raw, upbeat sounds that marked the earliest days of rockabilly and the rock eras of the 1950s to the darker, more introspective, often cynical and increasingly socially conscious music of the late 1960s, driven by the sweeping social upheavals and volatile political atmosphere that had engulfed and defined America by the end of the decade.[citation needed] For other uses, see American Pie (disambiguation). ... For other uses, see American Pie (disambiguation). ... For the Weezer song, see Buddy Holly (song). ... Ritchie Valens (born Ricardo Steven Valenzuela, May 13, 1941 – February 3, 1959) was a pioneer of rock and roll and a forefather to the Latin Rock movement. ... Jiles Perry (J.P.) Richardson, Jr. ... Monument at Crash Site, September 16, 2003. ...

Don McLean's "American Pie" has remained the subject of intense scrutiny and philosophical interpretation for more than 30 years as music historians, scholars, professors of modern American literature, and his fans alike continue to search for its 'deeper meaning.' In interviews, Don claims to be amused that many interpretations start with the premise that he never talks about the song nor has ever provided insight into the meaning of the lyrics.[citation needed]

Other Songs

McLean's other well-known songs include:

The album American Pie (album) features a version of Psalm 137, Babylon arranged by Don McLean and Lee Hays (The Weavers). Boney M would have a number one hit in the UK with this song in 1978 under the title Rivers of Babylon, although the two renditions are so different it is not immediately noticeable that they are versions of the same song. And I Love You So was Perry Comos 21st RCA Victor 12 long-play album, the 19th recorded in full living stereophonic sound. ... “Elvis” redirects here. ... // January 9 - Mick Jaggers request for a Japanese visa is rejected on account of a 1969 drug bust, putting an abrupt end to The Rolling Stones plans to tour Asia. ... Pierino Ronald Como (May 18, 1912 – May 12, 2001) was an American crooner. ... Vincent is a song by Don McLean written as a tribute to Vincent Van Gogh. ... van Gogh redirects here. ... Fred Astaire (May 10, 1899 – June 22, 1987), born Frederick Austerlitz in Omaha, Nebraska,[1] was an American film and Broadway stage dancer, choreographer, singer and actor. ... George Reeves (January 5,[1] 1914 – June 16, 1959) was an American actor, best known for his role as Superman in the 1950s television program Adventures of Superman and his controversial death at the age of 45. ... Superman is a fictional character and comic book superhero , originally created by American writer Jerry Siegel and Canadian artist Joe Shuster and published by DC Comics. ... American Pie is the title of a 1971 music album by Don McLean, best known for its title track. ... Psalm 137 is one of the best known of the Biblical psalms. ... The Weavers were an immensely popular and influential folk music quartet from Greenwich Village, New York, United States. ... Boney M was a Eurodance, pop, and disco group, comprising four West Indian singers and dancers and masterminded by West German record producer Frank Farian, and who were successful during the 1970s. ... Rivers of Babylon is a spiritual song penned by the late Brent Dowe and Trevor McNaughton of the Melodians. ...

In 1980, McLean had an international number one hit with the Roy Orbison classic, "Crying". Only following the record's success overseas was it released in the U.S., becoming a top 10 hit in 1981. Orbison himself once described McLean as "the voice of the century," and a subsequent re-recording of the song saw Orbison incorporate elements of McLean's version. Roy Kelton Orbison (April 23, 1936 – December 6, 1988), nicknamed The Big O, was an influential Grammy Award-winning American singer-songwriter, guitarist and a pioneer of rock and roll whose recording career spanned more than four decades. ... Crying is a 1961 American song written by Roy Orbison and Joe Melson and sung by Orbison. ... For other uses of terms redirecting here, see US (disambiguation), USA (disambiguation), and United States (disambiguation) Motto In God We Trust(since 1956) (From Many, One; Latin, traditional) Anthem The Star-Spangled Banner Capital Washington, D.C. Largest city New York City National language English (de facto)1 Demonym American...

Later work

In 1991, Don McLean returned to the UK top 20 with a re-issue of "American Pie". The song became a worldwide smash again in 2000 when covered in abridged form by Madonna. For other uses, see American Pie (disambiguation). ... This article is about the American entertainer. ...

As of 2006, Don continues to tour extensively both in the U.S. and Europe. His new album Addicted to Black is expected to be released in the near future, along with his biography Killing Us Softly: The Don McLean Story (Roberta Flack's "Killing Me Softly with His Song" is said to have been written about Don after Lori Lieberman, also a singer/song writer, saw him singing his composition "Empty Chairs" in concert. Afterwards, Lori wrote a poem titled "Killing me softly with his blue", and inspired by this poem, Norman Gimbel/Charles Fox wrote this song and the rest is history).



Year Album
1970 Tapestry
1971 American Pie
1972 Don McLean
1973 Playin' Favorites
1974 Homeless Brother
1976 Solo (LIVE)
1977 Prime Time
1978 Chain Lightning
1981 Believers
1982 Dominion (LIVE)
1987 Love Tracks
1989 For the Memories Vols I & II
1989 And I Love You So (UK Release)
1990 Headroom
1991 Christmas
1995 The River of Love
1997 Christmas Dreams
2001 Sings Marty Robbins
2001 Starry Starry Night (LIVE)
2003 You've Got to Share: Songs for Children
2003 The Western Album
2004 Christmas Time!
2005 Rearview Mirror: An American Musical Journey

Castles in the Air General Store Magdalene Lane Tapestry Respectable Orphans of Wealth Three Flights Up And I Love You So Bad Girl Circus Song No Reason for Your Dreams Don McLean - Vocals, Guitar, Banjo Rick Turner - Guitar, Bass Guitar Peter Childs - Dobro, Bass Guitar Jerry Corbitt - Bass Guitar Gregory... American Pie is the title of a 1971 music album by Don McLean, best known for its title track. ... Dreidel Bronco Bills Lament Oh, My What a Shame If We Try The More You Pay Narcisissima Falling Through Time On the Amazon Birthday Song The Pride Parade On the Amazon was composed by Vivian Ellis, Clifford Grey, Newman, G. Categories: | | ... Sitting on Top of the World Living With the Blues Mountains O Mourne Fools Paradise Love O Love Medley: Bill Cheeatham/Old Joe Clark Everyday Ancient History Over the Mountains Lovesick Blues New Mule Skinner Blues Happy Trails Sitting on Top of the World composed by Bo Carter, Little... Winter Has Me in Its Grip La La Love You Homeless Brother Sunshine Life for Me (Sail Away Raymond) The Legend of Andrew McCrew Wonderful Baby You Have Lived Great Big Man McLean Tangled (Like a Spider in Her Hair) Crying in the Chapel Did You Know Don McLean: Vocals... Magdalene Lane Masters of War Wonderful Baby Where Were You, Baby? Empty Chairs Geordies Lost His Penker Babylon And I Love You So Mactavish Is Dead Cripple Creek/ Muleskinner Blues Great Big Man Bronco Bills Lament Happy Trails Circus Song Birthday Song On the Amazon American Pie Over... Prime Time The Statue Jump Red Wing The Wrong Thing to Do The Pattern Is Broken When Love Begins Color TV Blues Building My Body Down the Road/Sally Ann When a Good Thing Goes Bad South of the Border If You Can Dream South of the Border composed by... Words and Music Crying Its Just the Sun Lotta Lovin Chain Lightning Your Cheatin Heart Wonderful Night It Doesnt Matter Anymore Since I Dont Have You Genesis (In the Beginning) Its a Beautiful Life If You Could Read My Mind Don McLean - Vocals, Acoustic Guitar James... Castles in the Air Isnt It Strange Left for Dead on the Road of Love Believers Sea Man I Tune the World Out Love Hurts Jerusalem Love Letters Crazy Eyes Sea Cruise Dream Lover Don McLean - Vocals, Guitar Ray Edenton, Billy Sanford, James Capps, Jerry Shook, Steve Chapman - Guitar... Its Just the Sun Building My Body Wonderful Baby The Very Thought of You Fools Paradise Baby I Dont Care You Have Lived The Statue Prime Time American Pie Left for Dead Believers Sea Man Its a Beautiful Life Chain Lightning Crazy Eyes La I Love... Love in My Heart Eventually Dust for Blood Going for the Gold What Will the World Be Like The Touch of Her Hand You Cant Blame the Train Its Not Your Fault Everyday Is a Miracle Blues Train You Cant Blame the Train composed by Terri Sharp... Maybe Baby A White Sport Coat (And A Pink Carnation) Dont Travelin Man Sittin In The Balcony I Cant Help It (If Im Still In Love With You) Crazy You Dont Know Me If I Only Had A Match But Beautiful Over The Weekend Someone To... Mountains OMourne Birthday Song Your Cheating Heart It Doesnt Matter Anymore Since I Dont Have You Hes Got You But She Loves Me Supermans Ghost Everyday Love In My Heart Eventually The Touch Of Her Hand And I Love You So Castles In The Air... Headroom Fashion Victim 1967 Infinity One In A Row You Who Love The Truth Lady In Waiting Have You Seen Me Siamese Twins (Joined At The Heart) A Brand New World Categories: | | ... Winter Wonderland O Little Town of Bethlehem Santa Claus Is Coming to Town Ill Be Home for Christmas/Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas Go Tell It on the Mountain Burgundian Carol White Christmas God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen Pretty Paper Twas the Night Before Christmas Winter Wonderland composed... The River Of Love Youre My Little Darlin If I Hadnt Met You Better Still You Got A Way About You, Baby Angry Words This Little Girl (Daddy-O) Planet Noise From A Beautiful Star Little Cowboy My Love Was True Categories: | | ... The Christmas Song (Chestnuts Roasting On An Open Fire) Oh Holy Night I Heard The Bells On Christmas Day Blue Christmas Christmas Waltz Let It Snow! Let It Snow! Let It Snow! Toyland On The Last Month Of The Year It Came Upon A Midnight Clear Silent Night The Christmas... Singin The Blues Kaw Liga Among My Souvenirs Dont Worry Bout Me Ribbon of Darkness The Story of My Life El Paso I Cant Quit Love Me Devil Woman Time Goes By You Gave Me a Mountain Singin The Blues composed by Melvin Endsley Kaw Liga composed by... Every Day La La Love You Homeless Brother If We Try Winterwood Crossroads Castles in the Air Tulsa Time/Deep in the Heart of Texas Castles in the Air [Retake] Angry Words My Love Was True Singin the Blues You Gave Me a Mountain Crying And I Love You So... Little Rooster Be Kind to your Parents Youve got to Share This Old Man Windy Old Weather Im an Old Cowhand The Eagle You have no right (solo Jackie McLean) Luby Lu The Cat came Back The Horse Named Bill Pick it up Hush Little Baby Blackberry Blossom... Timber Trail Ridin Down the Canyon Pal O Mine I Ride an Old Paint Ive Got Spurs (That Jingle) The Trail to Mexico Blue Prairie The Wild West Is Where I Wanna Be Tulsa Time/Deep in the Heart of Texas Lyndon Has a Bear Hug on Dallas (Take... Winter Wonderland Oh Little Town Of Bethlehem Santa Claus Is Comin To Town Ill Be Home For Christmas-Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas Burgundian Carol White Christmas God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen Pretty Paper Twas The Night Before Christmas The Christmas Song (Chestnuts Roasting On An Open Fire... If You Could Read My Mind Vincent (Starry, Starry Night) Wonderful Baby Love Me Tender (It Was) A Very Good Year El Paso My Saddle Pals and I And I Love You So Crying Empty Chairs Homeless Brother TB Blues Magdalene Lane Infinity Prime Time American Pie Run, Diana Run...


Year Album
1977 The Very Best of Don McLean
1993 Favorites and Rarities
2003 Legendary Songs of Don McLean

American Pie Vincent And I Love You So Castles in the Air Love Hurts Crossroads The Birthday Song It Doesnt Matter Anymore Crying Prime Time Winterwood Crying in the Chapel Wonderful Baby Everyday Fools Paradise Tapestry Sittin on Top of the World Categories: | | ... Babylon If We Try Mountains OMourne Fools Paradise Magdalene Lane Since I Dont Have You Hes Got You Supermans Ghost Dreidel Everyday You Cant Blame The Train And I Love You So American Pie Castles In The Air Empty Chairs If We Try Sitting... Legendary Songs of Don McLean is a compilation album by Don McLean. ...


Year Title Additional information
1982 "The Flight of Dragons" This song was recorded for the film The Flight of Dragons in the early 1980s.

The Flight of Dragons is a 1982 animated movie produced by Jules Bass and Arthur Rankin Jr. ...


  1. ^ About Don McLean. Don McLean Online - The Official Website.
  2. ^ "Annoy Don McLean, Win $200!" Tayt Harlin, New York Magazine, October 31, 2007
  3. ^ Don McLean vs. Andy Breckman on the WFMU website

External links

  • The Official Web Site of Don McLean and American Pie
  • Allmusic Entry
  • A video explanation of American Pie on YouTube

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Don McLean Online: The Official Website of Don McLean and American Pie (767 words)
Don McLean's superstar status is always attributed to his remarkable song, 'American Pie'; which, in 2000, once again topped the charts worldwide, this time recorded by Madonna.
Between the heady years of 1971 and 2000, Don McLean released over 20 albums and scored major chart successes with 'Everyday' (1973), 'Mountains of Mourne' (1974), 'Crying'; (1980), 'Castles in the Air' (1981), 'Since I Don't Have You' (1981), 'Can't Blame the Train' (1987) and again with 'American Pie'; in the UK in 1991.
Don McLean is immortalized as the subject of the Roberta Flack/The Fugees No. 1 hit, ' Killing Me Softly With His Song'.
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This tour however celebrates 25 years of continued success for Don since "American Pie' first hit the UK charts in 1972 to today when his latest album, "The River of Love' is widely available and the music of Don McLean is just as popular as ever.
The album is a mixture of pop, country, and blues including 10 new songs all written by Don McLean and recorded with the superb string arrangements of Tony Migilore who accompanies Don on this the 25th Anniversary UK tour.
McLean said: The last album ("Don McLean') was a study in depression whereas the new one ("Playin Favorites') is almost the quintessence of optimism, with a feeling of "Wow, I just woke up from a bad dream".
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