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Donald McLean III (born October 2, 1945) is an American singer-songwriter. He is best known for his 1971 song "American Pie", which was a number-one US hit for four weeks in 1972, and a hit for Madonna in 2000. McLean's other well-known songs include: "And I Love You So", sung by Elvis Presley
Elvis Presley
and Glen Campbell, among others; "Vincent", a tribute to the 19th-century Dutch painter Vincent van Gogh; and "Castles in the Air", which McLean recorded twice. In 2004, he was inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame.


1 Musical roots 2 Recording career

2.1 Early breakthrough 2.2 "American Pie" 2.3 Subsequent recordings 2.4 Other songs

3 Concerts 4 Later work and honors 5 Personal life 6 Discography

6.1 Studio albums

7 References 8 External links

Musical roots[edit] McLean's grandfather and father, both also named Donald McLean, had roots originating in Scotland. The Buccis, the family of McLean's mother, Elizabeth, came from Abruzzo
in central Italy. They left Italy and settled in Port Chester, New York, at the end of the 19th century. He has other extended family in Los Angeles
Los Angeles
and Boston.[1] Though some of his early musical influences included Frank Sinatra
Frank Sinatra
and Buddy Holly,[2] as a teenager, McLean became interested in folk music, particularly the Weavers' 1955 recording At Carnegie Hall. He often missed long periods of school due to childhood asthma, particularly music lessons, and although McLean slipped back in his studies, his love of music was allowed to flourish. By age 16, he had bought his first guitar and began making contacts in the music business, becoming friends with folk singers Erik Darling and Fred Hellerman of the Weavers. Hellerman said, "He called me one day and said, 'I'd like to come and visit you', and that's what he did! We became good friends - he has the most remarkable music memory of anyone I've ever known."[1] When McLean was 15, his father died. Fulfilling his father's request, the singer graduated from Iona Preparatory School
Iona Preparatory School
in 1963,[2] and briefly attended Villanova University, dropping out after four months. After leaving Villanova, McLean became associated with famed folk music agent Harold Leventhal
Harold Leventhal
for several months before teaming up with personal manager Herb Gart for 18 years. For the next six years he performed at venues and events including The Bitter End
The Bitter End
and Gaslight Cafe in New York, the Newport Folk Festival, the Cellar Door in Washington, D.C., and the Troubadour in Los Angeles.[1] He attended night school at Iona College and received a bachelor's degree in business administration in 1968.[3] He turned down a scholarship to Columbia University
Columbia University
Graduate School in favor of pursuing a career as a singer/songwriter, performing at such venues as Caffè Lena
Caffè Lena
in Saratoga Springs, New York, and The Main Point in Bryn Mawr, Pennsylvania. Later that year, with the help of a grant from the New York State Council on the Arts, McLean began reaching a wider audience, with visits to towns up and down the Hudson River.[1] He learned the art of performing from his friend and mentor Pete Seeger. McLean accompanied Seeger on his Clearwater boat trip up the Hudson River
Hudson River
in 1969 to raise awareness about environmental pollution in the river. During this time McLean wrote songs that would appear on his first album, Tapestry. McLean co-edited the book Songs and Sketches of the First Clearwater Crew with sketches by Thomas B. Allen for which Pete Seeger wrote the foreword. Seeger and McLean sang "Shenandoah" on the 1974 Clearwater album. Recording career[edit]

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Early breakthrough[edit] McLean recorded Tapestry in 1969 in Berkeley, California, during the student riots. After being rejected 72 times by labels, the album was released by Mediarts, a label that had not existed when he first started to look for a label. He worked on the album for a couple of years before putting it out.[4] It attracted good reviews but little notice outside the folk community, though on the Easy Listening chart "Castles in the Air" was a success, and in 1973 "And I Love You So" became a number 1 Adult Contemporary hit for Perry Como. McLean's major break came when Mediarts was taken over by United Artists Records, thus securing the promotion of a major label for his second album, American Pie. The album spawned two No. 1 hits in the title song and "Vincent". American Pie's success made McLean an international star and piqued interest in his first album, which charted more than two years after its initial release. "American Pie"[edit] Main article: American Pie (song) McLean's magnum opus, "American Pie", is a sprawling, impressionistic ballad inspired partly by the deaths of Buddy Holly, Ritchie Valens, and J.P. Richardson (The Big Bopper) in a plane crash in 1959, and developments in American youth culture in the subsequent decade. The song popularized the expression "The Day the Music Died" in reference to the crash.[5] The song was recorded on May 26, 1971, and a month later received its first radio airplay on New York's WNEW-FM and WPLJ-FM to mark the closing of Fillmore East, the famous New York concert hall. "American Pie" reached number one on the Billboard Hot 100
Billboard Hot 100
from January 15-February 5, 1972, and remains McLean's most successful single release. The single also topped the Billboard Easy Listening survey. With a total running time of 8:36 encompassing both sides of the single, it is also the longest song to reach No. 1. Some stations played only part one of the original split-sided single release.[6] WCFL DJ Bob Dearborn unraveled the lyrics and first published his interpretation on January 7, 1972, eight days before the song reached No. 1 nationally (see "Further reading" under American Pie). Numerous other interpretations, which together largely converged on Dearborn's interpretation, quickly followed. McLean declined to say anything definitive about the lyrics until 1978.[7] Since then 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.[8] In 2001 "American Pie" was voted No. 5 in a poll of the 365 Songs of the Century compiled by the Recording Industry Association of America and the National Endowment for the Arts. On April 7, 2015, McLean’s original working manuscript for "American Pie" sold for $1,205,000 (£809,524/€1,109,182) at Christie’s auction rooms, New York, making it the third highest auction price achieved for an American literary manuscript.[9] Subsequent recordings[edit]

Don McLean
Don McLean
publicity photo, 1976

Personnel from the American Pie album sessions were retained for his third album, Don McLean, including producer, Ed Freeman, Rob Rothstein on bass and Warren Bernhardt on piano. The song "The Pride Parade" provides an insight into McLean's immediate reaction to stardom. McLean told Melody Maker
Melody Maker
magazine in 1973 that Tapestry was an album by someone previously concerned with external situations. American Pie combines externals with internals and the resultant success of that album makes the third one (Don McLean) entirely introspective." Other songs written by McLean for the album included "Dreidel" (number 21 on the Billboard chart) and "If We Try" (number 58), which was subsequently recorded by Olivia Newton-John.[10] "On the Amazon" from the 1920s musical Mr Cinders was an unusual choice but became an audience favorite in concerts and featured in Till Tomorrow, a documentary film about McLean produced by Bob Elfstrom (Elfstrom held the role of Jesus Christ in Johnny and June Cash's Gospel Road). The film shows McLean in concert at Columbia University
Columbia University
as he was interrupted by a bomb scare. He left the stage while the audience stood up and checked under their seats for anything that resembled a bomb. After the all-clear, McLean re-appeared and sang "On the Amazon" from exactly where he had left off. Don Heckman reported the bomb scare in his review for The New York Times
The New York Times
entitled "Don McLean Survives Two Obstacles."[11] The fourth album, Playin' Favorites was a top-40 hit in the UK in 1973 and included the Irish folk classic, "Mountains of Mourne" and Buddy Holly's "Everyday", a live rendition of which returned McLean to the UK Singles Chart. McLean said, "The last album (Don McLean) was a study in depression whereas the new one (Playin' Favorites) is almost the quintessence of optimism. The 1974 album Homeless Brother, produced by Joel Dorn, was McLean's final studio collaboration with United Artists. The album featured fine New York session musicians, including Ralph McDonald on percussion, Hugh McCracken on guitar and a guest appearance by Yusef Lateef on flute. The Persuasions
The Persuasions
sang the background vocals on "Crying in the Chapel" and Cissy Houston
Cissy Houston
provided a backing vocal on "La La Love You". The album's title song was inspired by Jack Kerouac's book, Lonesome Traveler
Lonesome Traveler
in which Kerouac tells the story of America's "homeless brothers", or hobos. The song features background vocals by Pete Seeger.[12] The song "The Legend of Andrew McCrew" was based on an article published in The New York Times[1] concerning a black Dallas hobo named Anderson McCrew who was killed when he leapt from a moving train. No one claimed him, so a carnival took his body, mummified it, and toured all over the South with him, calling him "The Famous Mummy Man." McLean's song inspired radio station WGN in Chicago to tell the story and give the song airplay in order to raise money for a headstone for Anderson McCrew's grave. Their campaign was successful and McCrew's body was exhumed and buried in the Lincoln Cemetery in Dallas.[13] The tombstone had an inscription with words from the fourth verse of McLean's song:

What a way to live a life, and what a way to die Left to live a living death with no one left to cry A petrified amazement, a wonder beyond worth A man who found more life in death than life gave him at birth Joel Dorn later collaborated on the McLean career retrospective Rearview Mirror, released in 2005 on Dorn's own label, Hyena Records. In 2006, Dorn reflected on working with McLean:[1]

Of the more than 200 studio albums I've produced in the past forty plus years, there is a handful; maybe fifteen or so that I can actually listen to from top to bottom. Homeless Brother is one of them. It accomplished everything I set out to do. And it did so because it was a true collaboration. Don brought so much to the project that all I really had to do was capture what he did, and complement it properly when necessary.

1977 saw a brief liaison with Arista Records
Arista Records
that yielded the Prime Time album and, in October 1978, the single "It Doesn't Matter Anymore". This was a track from the Chain Lightning album that should have been the second of four with Arista.[1] McLean had started recording in Nashville, with Elvis Presley's backing singers, The Jordanaires, and many of Elvis's musicians. However the Arista deal broke down following artistic disagreements between McLean and the Arista chief, Clive Davis. Consequently, McLean was left without a record contract in the USA, but through continuing deals the Chain Lightning album was released by EMI
in Europe and by Festival Records in Australia. In April 1980, the track "Crying" from the album began picking up airplay on Dutch radio stations and McLean was called to Europe to appear on several important musical variety shows to plug the song and support its release as a single by EMI. The song achieved number 1 status in the Netherlands first, followed by the UK and then Australia. McLean's number 1 successes in Europe and Australia led to a new deal in the USA with Millennium Records. They issued the Chain Lightning album two and a half years after it had been recorded in Nashville, and two years after its release in Europe. It charted on February 14, 1981 and reached number 28 while "Crying" climbed to number 5 on the pop singles chart. Roy Orbison
Roy Orbison
himself thought that McLean’s version was the best interpretation he’d ever heard of one of his songs. Orbison thought McLean did a better job than he did and even went so far as to say that the voice of Don McLean
Don McLean
is one of the great instruments of 20th Century America.[14] According to Brian Wilson of the Beach Boys, "McLean's voice could cut through steel - he is a very pure singer and he's up there with the best of them. He's a very talented singer and songwriter and he deserves his success."[14] The early 1980s saw further chart successes in the U.S. with "Since I Don't Have You", a new recording of "Castles in the Air" and "It's Just the Sun". In 1987, the release of the country-based Love Tracks album gave rise to the hit singles "Love in My Heart" (a top-10 in Australia), "You Can't Blame the Train" (U.S. country No. 49), and "Eventually". The latter two songs were written by Houston
native Terri Sharp. In 1991, EMI
reissued the "American Pie" single in the United Kingdom and McLean performed on Top of the Pops. In 1992, previously unreleased songs became available on Favorites and Rarities while Don McLean
Don McLean
Classics featured new studio recordings of "Vincent" and "American Pie". McLean has continued to record new material including River of Love in 1995 on Curb Records and, more recently, the albums You've Got to Share, Don McLean
Don McLean
Sings Marty Robbins and The Western Album on his own Don McLean
Don McLean
Music label. Addicted to Black
Addicted to Black
was released in May 2009.[15] Other songs[edit] McLean's other well-known songs include:

"And I Love You So" was recorded by Elvis Presley, Helen Reddy, Shirley Bassey, Glen Campbell, Engelbert Humperdinck, Howard Keel, Claude François, and a 1973 hit for Perry Como. "Vincent", a tribute to the 19th-century Dutch painter, Vincent van Gogh. Although it only reached No. 12 on the Billboard Hot 100, it proved to be a huge hit worldwide, including reaching No. 1 in the UK Singles Chart. Mike Mills
Mike Mills
of REM said "You can't change a note in that song"[14]. The song was performed by NOFX
on their album titled 45 or 46 Songs That Weren't Good Enough to Go on Our Other Records, and also appears on the Fat Wreck Chords
Fat Wreck Chords
compilation Survival of the Fattest. "Vincent" was also sung by Josh Groban
Josh Groban
on his 2001 debut album.[16] "Castles in the Air", which McLean recorded twice. His 1981 re-recording was a top-40 hit, reaching #36 on the Billboard Hot 100 in late 1981.[17] "Wonderful Baby", a tribute to Fred Astaire
Fred Astaire
that Astaire himself recorded. Primarily rejected by pop stations, it reached #1 on the Billboard Easy Listening survey.[18] "Superman's Ghost", a tribute to George Reeves, who portrayed Superman on television in the 1950s. "The Grave", a song that McLean had written about the Vietnam War, was recorded by George Michael
George Michael
in 2003 in protest against the Iraq War.

The American Pie album features a version of Psalm 137, entitled "Babylon". The song is based on a canon by Philip Hayes[19] and was arranged by McLean and Lee Hays (of The Weavers).[20] "Babylon" was performed in the Mad Men
Mad Men
episode of the same name despite the fact that the song would not be released until 10 years after the time in which the episode is set.[21] In 1981, McLean had an international number one hit with a version of the Roy Orbison
Roy Orbison
classic "Crying". It was only after the record became a success overseas that it was released in the US.[22] The single hit No. 5 on the Billboard Hot 100
Billboard Hot 100
in 1981.[17] Orbison himself once described McLean as "the voice of the century",[23] and a subsequent re-recording of the song saw Orbison incorporate elements of McLean's version. For the 1982 animated cult-movie The Flight of Dragons, produced by Jules Bass
Jules Bass
and Arthur Rankin, Jr., McLean sang the opening theme. However, no soundtrack has ever been released. Another hit song associated with McLean (though never recorded by him) is "Killing Me Softly with His Song", which was claimed by Lori Lieberman to have been written about McLean after she, also a singer/songwriter, saw him singing his composition "Empty Chairs" in concert.[24] Afterwards (according to Lieberman) she wrote a poem about the experience and shared it with Norman Gimbel, who had long been searching for a way to use a phrase he had copied from a novel badly translated from Spanish to English, "killing me softly with his blues".[25] Allegedly, Gimbel and Charles Fox reworked the poem and the phrase into the song "Killing Me Softly with His Song",[26] originally recorded by Lieberman and later by Roberta Flack
Roberta Flack
(and also later recorded by The Fugees). This claim was disputed, notably by Fox. Subsequently, however, the matter reached an unequivocal conclusion when contemporaneous articles from the early 1970s were exhumed, all of them vindicating Lieberman.[27] In an April 5, 1973, article in the New York Daily News, Norman Gimbel was quoted as follows: "She [Lori Lieberman] told us about this strong experience she had listening to McLean ("I felt all flushed with fever / Embarrassed by the crowd / I felt he had found my letters / And read each one out loud / I prayed that he would finish / But he just kept right on…"). I had a notion this might make a good song so the three of us discussed it. We talked it over several times, just as we did for the rest of the numbers we wrote for this album and we all felt it had possibilities."[24] Concerts[edit]

Don McLean
Don McLean
at the NYCB Theatre at Westbury in July 2013

McLean's albums did not match the commercial success of American Pie but he became a major concert attraction in the U.S. and overseas.[28] His repertoire included old concert hall numbers and the catalogues of singers such as Buddy Holly, and another McLean influence, Frank Sinatra. The years spent playing gigs in small clubs and coffee houses in the 1960s transformed into well-paced performances. McLean's first concerts at Carnegie Hall
Carnegie Hall
in New York and the Albert Hall
Albert Hall
in London in 1972 were critically acclaimed.[29] In recent years McLean has continued to tour the United States, Canada and Europe (2011, 2012) and Australia (2013).[30] In June 2011 McLean appeared at the Glastonbury Festival[31] in Pilton, UK, and in 2014 at California's Stagecoach Country Music Festival.[32] In May 2015, McLean undertook his 20th nationwide tour of the UK and Ireland.

McLean's autograph from a 1996 concert in Albuquerque, New Mexico.

Later work and honors[edit] In 1991, Don McLean
Don McLean
returned to the UK top 20 with a re-issue of "American Pie". Iona College conferred an honorary doctorate on McLean in 2001.[33] In February 2002, "American Pie" was inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame.[34] In 2004, McLean was inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame. Garth Brooks presented the award and said, "Don McLean: his work, like the man himself, is very deep and very compassionate. His pop anthem 'American Pie' is a cultural phenomenon".[35] Two years later, Brooks repaid the favor by appearing as a special guest (with Nanci Griffith) on McLean's first American TV special, broadcast as the PBS
special Starry Starry Night. A month later, McLean wound up the 20th century by performing "American Pie" at the Lincoln Memorial Gala in Washington D.C.[36] In 2007, the biography The Don McLean
Don McLean
Story: Killing Us Softly With His Songs was published. Biographer Alan Howard conducted extensive interviews for this, the only book-length biography of the often reclusive McLean to date.[37] In February 2012 McLean won the BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards Life Time Achievement award.[38] In March 2012, the PBS
network broadcast a feature-length documentary about the life and music of Don McLean
Don McLean
called "Don McLean: American Troubadour" produced by 4-time Emmy Award-winning filmmaker Jim Brown.[39] McLean is one of UK singer-songwriter Jake Bugg's primary influences. Bugg said McLean's song "Vincent" was "the first song I liked" after hearing it on an episode of The Simpsons. He devoured McLean's back catalogue and then delved into the artists that inspired McLean - including Buddy Holly
Buddy Holly
and The Weavers.[40] Tupac Shakur
Tupac Shakur
also cited McLean's "Vincent" as a personal inspiration.[41] McLean is credited as writer of Drake's song "Doing It Wrong" featuring Stevie Wonder.[42] The song includes lyrics from two McLean compositions - "The Wrong Thing to Do" and "When a Good Thing Goes Bad" both of which featured on his 1977 album "Prime Time". In March 2017, Don McLean's "American Pie" single was designated an "aural treasure" by the Library of Congress, "worthy of preservation" in the National Recording Registry "as part of America’s patrimony".[43] Personal life[edit] McLean was raised in the Roman Catholic
Roman Catholic
faith of his mother, Elizabeth McLean; his father, Donald McLean, was a Protestant.[44] At the age of 15, McLean's father passed away months after their only vacation to Washington D.C.[45] McLean's first marriage was to Carol Sauvion, which lasted from 1969 to 1972.[46][47] He was married to Patrisha McLean (née Shnier) from 1987 until their divorce in June 2016.[48] They lived in Camden, Maine, with their two children, Jackie and Wyatt.[49] On January 18, 2016, McLean was arrested in Camden for a misdemeanor domestic violence charge. On July 21, 2016, McLean pleaded guilty to charges of misdemeanour domestic violence assault, domestic violence criminal threatening, criminal mischief and criminal restraint against Patrisha McLean.[50][51] The charges against McLean were dismissed on July 21, 2017 after he met the terms of a plea agreement.[52] Discography[edit] Main article: Don McLean
Don McLean
discography Studio albums[edit]

Year Album Chart Positions


1970 TapestryA 111 — 16

1971 American Pie 1 1 3

1972 Don McLean 23 15 —

1973 Playin' Favorites — — 42

1974 Homeless Brother 120 — —

1977 Prime Time — — —

1978 Chain LightningB 28 25 19

1981 Believers 156 — —

1987 Love Tracks — — —

1989 For the Memories Vols I & II — — —

And I Love You So (UK Release) — — —

1991 Headroom — — —

1991 Christmas — — —

1995 The River of Love — — —

1997 Christmas Dreams — — —

2001 Sings Marty Robbins — — —

2003 You've Got to Share: Songs for Children — — —

The Western Album — — —

2005 Rearview Mirror: An American Musical Journey — — —

2009 Addicted to Black — — —

2018 Botanical Gardens — — —

ATapestry wasn't charted in the UK until 1972 after the success of American Pie. BChain Lightning also peaked at No. 3 on the RPM Country Albums chart in Canada.


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Solo Dominion Starry, Starry Night

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