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Don McLean

Biography

Famed for — and ultimately described by — his perennial “American Pie,” singer/songwriter Don McLean was created Oct 2, 1945, in New Rochelle, NY. After obtaining his begin in the folk night clubs of NEW YORK during the middle-’60s, McLean battled for several years, creating a little pursuing through his use Pete Seeger within the Clearwater, a sloop that sailed along the eastern seaboard to market environmental causes. Still, McLean was mainly singing in primary schools and so on when, in 1970, he published a musical tribute to painter Vincent Vehicle Gogh; the task was roundly declined by a amount of brands, although MediaArts do provide him a agreement to record several his other tunes under the name Tapestry. The recording fared badly, but Perry Como gained a hit having a cover from the monitor “And I REALLY LIKE You Therefore,” prompting United Performers to get McLean’s agreement. He came back in 1971 with American Pie; the name monitor, an elegiac eight-and-a-half-minute folk-pop epic influenced from the tragic loss of life of Friend Holly, became lots one strike, as well as the LP quickly reached the very best of the graphs aswell. The follow-up, “Vincent,” was also a smash, and McLean actually became the main topic of the Roberta Flack strike “Getting rid of Me Softly along with his Song”; nevertheless, to his credit — also to his label’s horror — the vocalist refused to allow achievement of “American Pie” straitjacket his profession. Subsequent information like 1972’s self-titled work and 1974’s Playin’ Favorites intentionally avoided any efforts to re-create the “American Pie” taste; and in addition, his product sales plummeted, as well as the second option release even didn’t graph. After 1974’s Homeless Sibling and 1976’s Single, United Artists fallen McLean from his agreement; he resurfaced on Arista another year with Primary Time, however when it, as well, fared badly, he spent another several years with out a label. McLean loved a renaissance of types with 1980’s String Lightning; his 1st Best 30 LP in near ten years, it spawned a high Ten smash using its cover of Roy Orbison’s traditional “Crying,” and his originals “Castles in the Air flow” and “Since I DON’T POSSESS You” both also reached the very best 40. Nevertheless, 1981’s Believers didn’t sustain the return, and after 1983’s Dominion, he was once again left without advantage of label support. McLean spent the rest of his profession primarily on the highway, grudgingly rebuilding “American Pie” to his established list and sketching inspiration from the united states market; and a amount of live pieces and re-recordings of previous favorites, he also came back to the studio room for tasks like 1990’s For the Thoughts (a assortment of traditional pop, nation, and jazz addresses) and 1995’s River of Appreciate (an LP of primary material).

Quick Facts


Full Name Don McLean
Date Of Birth October 2, 1945
Height 5' 10"
Profession Singer-songwriter
Education Iona Preparatory School, Villanova University, Iona College
Nationality American
Spouse Patrisha Shnier, Carol McLean
Children Wyatt McLean, Jackie McLean
Parents Elizabeth McLean, Donald McLean Jr.
Awards Grammy Hall of Fame
Music Songs American Pie, Vincent, And I Love You So, Castles in the Air, Crying, Empty Chairs, Since I Don't Have You, If We Try, Wonderful Baby, Winterwood, It's Just the Sun, Mountains O’Mourne, Dreidel, You Can't Blame the Train, On the Amazon, Everybody Loves Me, Birthday Song, Bronco Bill's Lament, Oh My What A Shame, Sister Fatima, Magdalene Lane, He's Got You, Till Tomorrow, It Doesn't Matter Anymore, Superman's Ghost, Love In My Heart, The Legend of Andrew McCrew, When a Good Thing Goes Bad, Everyday, The Pride Parade, The More You Pay, Fool's Paradise
Albums American Pie, Tapestry, Chain Lightning, Homeless Brother, Playin' Favorites, Love Tracks, Solo, Don McLean, Believers, Addicted to Black, Starry, Starry Night, Rearview Mirror: An American Musical Journey, Prime Time, For the Memories Vols I & II, Headroom, The River of Love, Christmas Dreams, Christmas, Dominion, Legendary Songs of Don McLean, The Very Best of Don McLean, Favorites and Rarities, Greatest Hits: Then & Now, American Pie & Other Hits, American Pie Live (Remastered) [Live At The Bottom Line, NY. Feb 18 1977], Sings Marty Robbins, The Western Album, You've Got to Share Songs for Children, Greatest Hits – Live, Live in New York 1971, Don Mclean: Live In Manchester, Castles in the Air (Live Concert), Airwaves (Live), Live in an NY City Studio 25 Jan ‘82, Live at the Bottom Line NY 20th April 1974 (Live), Live in New York 1974 (Live), Legendary FM Broadcasts - The Bottom Line , NYC 20th April 1974, American Troubadour, And I Love You So, Christmastime!, The Best of Don McLean
Nominations Grammy Award for Song of the Year, Grammy Award for Album of the Year, Grammy Award for Record of the Year, Grammy Award for Best Male Pop Vocal Performance
Movies The Flight of Dragons, Diary of a Teenage Hitchhiker


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#Fact
1 His favorite songs are "Dream Lover" by Bobby Darin, "That's Why (I Love You So)" by Jackie Wilson, "Good Golly, Miss Molly" by Little Richard, "Another Girl" by The Beatles, "American Pie" by Madonna, "I Only Have Eyes For You" by The Flamingos, "When My Blue Moon Turns To Gold Again" by Elvis Presley, "Canary In A Coalmine" by The Police, "I'm Looking For Someone To Love" by The Crickets and "Crying" by Roy Orbison. (Source: BBC Radio 2 "Tracks of My Years").
2 Inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame in 2004.
3 His song "The Grave" was covered by George Michael.
4 His song "American Pie" was covered by Madonna.
5 Wrote and recorded the song "Vincent" as a tribute to painter Vincent van Gogh.
6 Lori Lieberman wrote "Killing Me Softly With His Song" after attending a concert of McLean's and being inspired by his sensitive compositions.
7 #1 hit single: "American Pie", 1972 (no relation to movie of same name)


Soundtrack

Soundtrack

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Smoky Mountains Rise: A Benefit for the My People Fund 2016 TV Movie performer: "Vincent" / writer: "Vincent"
Walking 2016/I Short performer: "Winterwood" / writer: "Winterwood"
The Voice 2016 TV Series writer - 1 episode
Mike & Mike TV Series performer - 1 episode, 2015 writer - 1 episode, 2015
Strictly Come Dancing 2015 TV Series writer - 1 episode
Late Show with David Letterman 2015 TV Series writer - 1 episode
Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt 2015 TV Series writer - 1 episode
Loose Women TV Series performer - 1 episode, 2014 writer - 1 episode, 2014
Some Jerk with a Camera 2012 TV Series documentary music - 1 episode
Supernatural TV Series performer - 1 episode, 2012 writer - 1 episode, 2012
60 Minutes TV Series documentary performer - 1 episode, 2011 writer - 1 episode, 2011
Banda sonora TV Series performer - 1 episode, 2011 writer - 1 episode, 2011
Sing Your Song 2011 Documentary writer: "And I Love You So"
The Runaways 2010 performer: "Vincent Starry, Starry Night" / writer: "Vincent Starry, Starry Night"
Madonna: Celebration - The Video Collection 2009 Video writer: "American Pie"
Elvis: Love Me Tender - The Love Songs 2009 Video documentary writer: "And I Love You So"
And I Love You So 2009 writer: "And I Love You So"
Vlogbrothers 2009 TV Series documentary music - 1 episode
20 to 1 TV Series documentary performer - 2 episodes, 2006 - 2008 writer - 2 episodes, 2006 - 2008
The Office 2008 TV Series writer - 1 episode
Charlie Wilson's War 2007 performer: "American Pie" 1971 - uncredited / writer: "American Pie" 1971 - uncredited
Mad Men 2007 TV Series writer - 1 episode
Love Comes to the Executioner 2006 writer: "American Pie" - uncredited
Saturday Night Live 2006 TV Series writer - 1 episode
Parashat Ha-Shavua 2006 TV Series writer - 1 episode
Elementarteilchen 2006 performer: "American Pie" / writer: "American Pie"
Empire Falls 2005 TV Mini-Series writer: "And I Love You So"
B-hyeong namja chingu 2005 writer: "And I Love You So"
Walking in the Air 2005 Video writer: "Vincent Starry, Starry Night"
Songwriters Hall of Fame 2004 TV Movie performer: "American Pie" / writer: "Vincent", "American Pie"
The West Wing 2004 TV Series writer - 1 episode
Deutschland sucht den Superstar 2004 TV Series writer - 1 episode
'Weird Al' Yankovic: The Ultimate Video Collection 2003 Video "The Saga Begins" / writer: "The Saga Begins"
Breakfast with Hunter 2003 Documentary performer: "American Pie" / writer: "American Pie"
American Idol 2003 TV Series writer - 1 episode
The Simpsons 2003 TV Series writer - 1 episode
Tupac: Resurrection 2003 Documentary performer: "Vincent" / writer: "Vincent"
Ladykracher 2002 TV Series music - 1 episode
Josie and the Pussycats 2001 writer: "American Pie"
Roswell 2001 TV Series writer - 1 episode
Kiddy Contest 2000 TV Series 1 episode
Top of the Pops TV Series performer - 2 episodes, 1980 writer - 1 episode, 2000
The Next Best Thing 2000 performer: "American Pie" / writer: "American Pie"
'Weird Al' Yankovic Live! 1999 Video "The Saga Begins" / writer: "The Saga Begins"
Spaced TV Series performer - 1 episode, 1999 writer - 1 episode, 1999
Bowfinger 1999 writer: "And I Love You So"
Celebrity 1998 writer: "American Pie" 1972
Garth Brooks: Ireland and Back 1998 TV Movie documentary writer: "American Pie"
Garth Live from Central Park 1997 TV Movie documentary performer: "American Pie" / writer: "American Pie"
Stars in Their Eyes 1994-1997 TV Series writer - 2 episodes
The Ben Stiller Show 1992 TV Series writer - 1 episode
Born on the Fourth of July 1989 performer: "American Pie" / writer: "American Pie"
Penn & Teller Get Killed 1989 writer: "American Pie"
Quantum Leap TV Series performer - 1 episode, 1989 writer - 1 episode, 1989
Finders Keepers 1984 writer: "American Pie" - uncredited
Omero 1982 performer: "AMERICAN PIE" - as Don Mc Lean / writer: "AMERICAN PIE" - as Don Mc Lean
The Flight of Dragons 1982 Video performer: "The Flight of Dragons"
Movie Madness 1982 performer: "Growing Yourself"
The Late Late Lien Show 1979 TV Series writer - 1 episode
Who'll Stop the Rain 1978 performer: "AMERICAN PIE" / writer: "AMERICAN PIE"
Martine 1978 TV Series writer - 1 episode
Fraternity Row 1977 performer: "If You Can Dream", "The Pattern Is Broken" / writer: "If You Can Dream", "The Pattern Is Broken"
The Ernie Sigley Show 1975 TV Series writer - 2 episodes
The Perry Como Christmas Show 1974 TV Special lyrics: "They Long to Be Close to You/It's Impossible/We've Only Just Begun/And I Love You So/Don't Let the Stars Get in Your Eyes/Yesterday Once More"
The Graham Kennedy Show 1973 TV Series writer - 4 episodes
Sez Les 1973 TV Series writer - 1 episode
The 15th Annual Grammy Awards 1973 TV Special performer: "Vincent" / writer: "Vincent"
ZDF Hitparade 1972 TV Series writer - 3 episodes
Die Drehscheibe 1972 TV Series writer - 1 episode

Actor

Actor

TitleYearStatusCharacter
The Lost Daughter 1997 TV Movie Bellboy
The Flight of Dragons 1982 Video The Balladeer (voice, uncredited)
Diary of a Teenage Hitchhiker 1979 TV Movie as Donald McLean

Composer

Composer

TitleYearStatusCharacter
The Grand Rapids LipDub Video 2011 Short original music by
Fraternity Row 1977

Music Department

Music Department

TitleYearStatusCharacter
The Flight of Dragons 1982 Video musician: guitar - uncredited / singer: theme music

Thanks

Thanks

TitleYearStatusCharacter
American Pie Presents: The Book of Love 2009 Video acknowledgment: "American Pie" is a registered trademark of

Self

Self

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Smoky Mountains Rise: A Benefit for the My People Fund 2016 TV Movie Himself
Loose Women 2015 TV Series Himself
The 86th Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade 2012 TV Movie Himself - Float Performer
Greenwich Village: Music That Defined a Generation 2012 Documentary Himself
CBS This Morning 2012 TV Series Himself - Guest
Glastonbury 2011 2011 TV Series Himself
The One Show 2010 TV Series Himself
Songbook 2010 TV Series Himself
Breakfast 2007 TV Series Himself
CBS News Sunday Morning 2007 TV Series documentary Himself
Songwriters Hall of Fame 2004 TV Movie Himself - Inductee
VH-1 Where Are They Now? 2000 TV Series documentary Himself
Behind the Music 1999 TV Series documentary Himself
Garth Live from Central Park 1997 TV Movie documentary Guest
American Bandstand's 40th Anniversary Special 1992 TV Movie Himself
Deja View 1986 Video Himself
Live from Her Majesty's 1984 TV Series Himself
The Marti Caine Show 1982 TV Series Himself
Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade 1981 TV Movie Himself
The Weavers: Wasn't That a Time 1981 Documentary Himself
The First 100 Years of Recorded Music 1981 TV Special Himself
New American Bandstand 1965 1981 TV Series Himself
Aplauso 1981 TV Series
The Midnight Special 1973-1980 TV Series Himself
The Mike Douglas Show 1974-1979 TV Series Songwriter / Himself - Vocalist / Himself - Singer / ...
The Jim Nabors Show 1978 TV Series Himself
The Merv Griffin Show 1976-1977 TV Series Himself
The Smothers Brothers Show 1975 TV Series Himself
It's Lulu 1973 TV Series Himself
In Concert 1973 TV Series Himself
The 15th Annual Grammy Awards 1973 TV Special Himself
The David Frost Show 1972 TV Series Himself
Beat-Club 1972 TV Series

Archive Footage

Archive Footage

TitleYearStatusCharacter
20 to 1 2006-2008 TV Series documentary Himself
Top of the Pops 1980 TV Series Himself

Nominated awards

Nominated awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovieAward shared with
2001 OFTA Film Award Online Film & Television Association Best Music, Adapted Song The Next Best Thing (2000) · Madonna (performed by)


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