Don McLean Biography

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Don McLean

Don McLean

Don McLean wrote about the day the music died!

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  • Don McLean Facts

    Birth name: Donald McLean
    Born: 2 October 1945, New Rochelle, New York, U.S.A
    Genres: Folk, Folk rock
    Instruments: Vocals, Guitar, Piano
    Years active: 1970 - present

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    Label: United Artists
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Don McLean wrote about the day the music died!

Don McLean is an American singer-songwriter most famous for his 1971 songs American Pie and Vincent.

Don McLean’s career as a recording artist started only two years prior to American Pie.

With the album Tapestry, Don McLean entered the folk scene where he made friends with Pete Seeger and joined the circuit.

When McLean’s indie label Media Arts got sold to United Artists he got an unexpected chance to make his second album for a major label.

McLean delivered American Pie and became world famous almost over night.

American Pie tells the story of the day the music died!

American Pie is a single by Don McLean from the album with the same name about “the day the music died”, a reference to Buddy Holly’s death.

A lyrical master piece, American Pie tells the story of how Don McLean as a paperboy finds out that three of his musical heroes have died.

February the 3rd 1959 when Buddy Holly, Richie Valens and The Big Bopper died in a plain crash has been described in many ways, no one ever forgets to mention Don McLean’s classic ‘American Pie’ who tells the story so beautifully through a song.

“It’s not analysis”, Don himself says, “it’s poetry”.

When asked what the song meant to him he said grinning: “It means I never have to work again”.


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