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Don McLean

Famed for -- and ultimately defined by -- his perennial "American Pie," singer/songwriter Don McLean was born October 2, 1945, in New Rochelle, New York. After getting his start in the folk clubs of New York City during the mid-'60s, McLean struggled for a number of years, building a small following through his work with Pete Seeger on the Clearwater, a sloop that sailed up and down the eastern seaboard to promote environmental causes.

Still, McLean was primarily singing in elementary schools and the like when, in 1970, he wrote a musical tribute to painter Vincent Van Gogh; the project was roundly rejected by a number of labels, although MediaArts did offer him a contract to record a number of his other songs under the title Tapestry. The album fared poorly, but Perry Como earned a hit with a cover of the track "And I Love You So," prompting United Artists to pick up McLean's contract. He returned in 1971 with American Pie; the title track, an elegiac eight-and-a-half-minute folk-pop epic inspired by the tragic death of Buddy Holly, became a number one hit, and the LP soon reached the top of the charts as well.

The follow-up, "Vincent," was also a smash, and McLean even became the subject of the Roberta Flack hit "Killing Me Softly with His Song"; however, to his credit -- and to his label's horror -- the singer refused to let the success of "American Pie" straitjacket his career. Subsequent records like 1972's self-titled effort and 1974's Playin' Favorites deliberately avoided any attempts to re-create the "American Pie" flavor; not surprisingly, his sales plummeted, and the latter release even failed to chart. After 1974's Homeless Brother and 1976's Solo, United Artists dropped McLean from his contract; he resurfaced on Arista the next year with Prime Time, but when it, too, fared poorly, he spent the next several years without a label.

McLean enjoyed a renaissance of sorts with 1980's Chain Lightning; his first Top 30 LP in close to a decade, it spawned a Top Ten smash with its cover of Roy Orbison's classic "Crying," and his originals "Castles in the Air" and "Since I Don't Have You" both also reached the Top 40. However, 1981's Believers failed to sustain the comeback, and after 1983's Dominion, he was again left without benefit of label support. McLean spent the remainder of his career primarily on the road, grudgingly restoring "American Pie" to his set list and drawing inspiration from the country market; in addition to a number of live sets and re-recordings of old favorites, he also returned to the studio for projects like 1990's For the Memories (a collection of classic pop, country, and jazz covers) and 1995's River of Love (an LP of original material). ~ Jason Ankeny, Rovi
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He was here in Meridian, Mississippi just a couple months ago performing.
By the music he means his penis
epicpartynin j a know one knows what the lyrics Mean! Don McLean never explained the lyrics and people have been arguing over it for 40 years try typing american pie lyrics meaning into google and u get dozens of sites
arthurdmd
What is his current status/situa t i o n ?
I love Don McLean; what happened to him? He was such a great talent who had so much to offer
When this song came out and they played it to death, I hated it..now I really appreciate it and love it.
The story behind the song is so sad
One of the all time favorites
I am a female guitarist and was named after a Ritchie Valens song. I am and always have been so thankful to anyone who can share a beautiful thought, and turn it into a song. I hope in my life, I can effect people the way he's effected me. Thank you Don! Pete's my hero and you are right next to him in my heart, Many many thanks. You're all why I still play and write. Love you!
2Bdancingint h e r a i n . . . y e s , I know how lonely nights can be...
It's really amazing how he could take an awful event and try and help people recover from their shock and use it's tragedy to influence one hell of an amazing song.
Listen I'm 15 and I'm listening to the best song ever and I feel good to listening unlike the s**t today were it seems they are yearling at your you so thank you buddy and McLean and the beatles
awesome best song ever written !
A reporter once asked McClean what American Pie meant to him - his reply? I It means I don't ever have to work again if I don't want to..
carolinaa122 4
Reminds me of Tyler Oakley. :)
the song American Pie is one of the deepest and thought provoking songs ever
Hell yes
This
jlyster
Every February my little town of Clear Lake, Iowa celebrates the lives and music of the Three Stars at the Surf Ballroom. This year's event headliner was Chubby Checker - what a great performer! This song always makes me sad, but thankful for their influence in music. Please check out the event - Winter Dance Party - at www.surfball r o o m . c o m !
cool song
dangeloins
Fire is the devils only friend!
This song has got to be one of the top songs ever to be played by a human and there will always be a special place for classic rock in my heart.
danmicbet
Listening to American Pie on the anniversary of The Day the Music Died. RIP Buddy Holly, Ritchie Valens, and the Big Bopper. YOu're still missed 55 years later.
moore3334
@

ramoskevin93 , there is still a lot of good music out here, you just have to dig a little.
Uncle Don's thumb looks like Captain America's shield in a subtle way. Simple, but strong message.
So beautiful and mournful at the same time.
jammjunk
there is an amazing video version of this at: http://www.y o u t u b e . c o m / w a t c h ? v = 7 - E h L d Z 8 P c Q
i agree with last comment
familyparker
Just a voice that is soothing to the mind... Always listen to Don McLean when I just want some peace inside... thank you Don... =)
He lives in my town, his wife is nice but he is kinda a jerk. good music awful personality. but i suppose that's the way it is sometimes.
Not many would even attempt a Roy O. remake but Don McLean totally makes the song his own...
This song almost always makes me cry...but it is a classic :`)
This song is perfect.
listen to crossroads, it will make you weep
I love this song :))) I was a lonely teenagebronk i n buck, with a pink carnations and a pick up truck
Don McLean's music is great!
his songs told story
shanteldfox
My fav song is Winterwood. He is a beautiful lyricist.
One song you never forget the words to......life time fav!! Love u Don!!
Classic Song!
Your amazing I love your songs!
I really like this song it's a great one.
slabba1
One of my favorite music poets is Don McLean. Wonderful artist. Google his performance, Your MY Little Darling, a dedication to his daughter. Wish I could purchase it somewhere, but can't find it.
As american as apple pie.
Spent many days listening to this song on a beach with German friends who use to tell me how popular it was in pubs.
Oooooooo
ramoskevin93
Music died when miley Cyrus started twerking, and artist like Justin bieber l, 1 direction, nicki minaj and lol Wayne helped killing music
@KevKev Don't change what isn't broken.
Music never dies there's always going to be people who keep making it and kids who are going to become music artists someday and just because a genre comes out that you don't like doesn't mean music is dead it means that your afraid of change
The annoying thing cut it off and what the rest of it said was I wish it wasn't hard to hear it and to respect the comments and stop spamming and to help keep them in are hearts because if we forget them nobody will realize what music is about I really want to have good music like back then but the young punks rune it for me and so many people also remember and don't forget.
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