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  Don McLean Online: The Official Website of Don McLean and American Pie
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'.
www.don-mclean.com   (767 words)

  
 Don McLean
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".
www.generalentertainment.com /artists/DonMcLean.htm   (1430 words)

  
 Don McLean
Don McLean's great affinity for absorbing and recasting a wide range of musical styles in his own unique voice is superbly showcased throughout Rearview Mirror.
McLean's rendering of "(It Was) A Very Good Year," a studio recording that's never been heard before, captures a definitive performance of a song made famous by one of his biggest musical influences, Frank Sinatra.
No Don McLean retrospective would be complete without his best known song, "American Pie." The elegiac composition has become part of the very fabric of American popular culture and continues to resound as powerfully today as it did upon its original release in 1971.
www.hyenarecords.com /don_mclean.htm   (1120 words)

  
 Don McLean - Biography - AOL Music
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 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.
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.
music.aol.com /artist/don-mclean/4876/biography   (451 words)

  
 Don McLean's American Pie
In Don’s life the transition from light (the innocence of childhood) to the darker realities of adulthood probably started with the death of Buddy Holly and culminated with the assassination of President Kennedy in 1963 and the start of a more difficult time for America.
In this 4 year period, Don moved from a fairly idyllic childhood existence, through the shock and subsequent harsh realities of his father’s death in 1961, to his decision in 1963 to quit Villanova University to pursue his dream and become a professional singer.
Don has recently re-enforced this theme: "The song was written as my attempt at an epic song about America, and I used the imagery of music and politics to do that.
www.don-mclean.com /americanpie.asp   (836 words)

  
 Don McLean - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Don McLean is an American singer-songwriter, most famous for his 1971 ballad American Pie.
Don McLean's most famous composition, American Pie, is about the plane crash that killed Buddy Holly, Ritchie Valens and The Big Bopper amongst many other themes.
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.
en.wikipedia.org /wiki/Don_McLean   (578 words)

  
 The Straight Dope: What is Don McLean's song "American Pie" all about?
I've been listening to Don McLean sing "American Pie" for twenty years now and I still don't know what the hell he's talking about.
Don McLean has never issued an "answer key" for "American Pie," undoubtedly on the theory that as long as you can keep 'em guessing, your legend will never die.
The most important one is the death of rockabilly singer Buddy Holly in 1959; for McLean, that's when the music died.
www.straightdope.com /classics/a3_398b.html   (824 words)

  
 Don McLean Bio - Mars Talent
Don McLean was born on October 2, 1945 in New Rochelle, where his musical inclination manifested itself by the tender age of 5.
Don purchased his first guitar as a teenager and took opera lessons paid for by his sister.
Guns 'n' Roses” took a replica of Don's version of "Since I Don't Have You” to the UK Top 10, while "American Pie' was covered by European artist, Just Luis and, bringing us up to the turn of the century, Madonna recorded her cover version in 2000.
www.marstalent.com /bio_don_mclean.htm   (1121 words)

  
 The Don McLean Story
Don McLean speaks about the biography in a newspaper article and book review by Emmet Meara.
Don McLean is doing a book signing at the Owl and Turtle Bookshop in Camden, Maine on July 27th 2007.
Don McLean is one of America’s most enduring singer-songwriters and is forever associated with his classic hits ‘American Pie’; and ‘Vincent (Starry Starry Night)’.
www.thedonmcleanstory.com   (686 words)

  
 Don McLean - American Pie
Don McLean's "American Pie" has ripped out of nowhere and taken the country by storm both in its album and truncated single versions.
Don McLean has taken all this and set it down in language that has unmistakable impact the first time you hear it, and leaves you rubbing your chin -- "Just what did that line mean?" -- with further listenings because you know it's all about something you've felt and lived through.
It is McLean at his very best, and we'll have to wait for his next album to see if he can top it.
www.superseventies.com /mcleandon.html   (1039 words)

  
 Understanding American Pie: Short biography of Don McLean.
Don McLean's recording career officially began in 1969, but it almost didn't begin at all.
Holding out for the lucrative publishing rights to his own songs, McLean gambled, rejecting offers from over 30 recording companies before the small Mediarts label (soon to be acquired by United Artists) agreed to his terms.
1972's autobiographical Don McLean was a reaction to the success of American Pie and the pressures it had placed on his personal life.
www.understandingamericanpie.com /mclean.htm   (334 words)

  
 Don McLean
Don McLean: Rearview Mirror is a look back at the breadth and scope of one of the 20th century’s premier singer-songwriters.
McLean has over 40 gold and platinum records worldwide, while his songs have been recorded by the likes of Elvis Presley, Chet Atkins, Madonna, George Michael, Guns and Roses, Josh Groban, Perry Como and Fred Astaire.
Rearview Mirror is a must have for Don McLean fans, but it also serves as an essential greatest hits collection, presenting a definitive career overview of one of American music’s most distinguished and celebrated artists.
www.hyenarecords.com /donmclean_rearviewmirror.htm   (279 words)

  
 LyricsVault: Hall of fame: Don McLean
Don McLean started just as he suggests in American Pie, as a paperboy.
Don's next two records were more inward in nature asking about the price of such fame.
While Don was enjoying local success with American Pie, he was also earning international fame with Vincent.
www.lyricsvault.net /halloffame/Don_McLean.html   (441 words)

  
 Book Don McLean - Booking Corporate Event, Meeting, Private Party - Your Booking Agent for Don McLean
Still, Don 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 follow-up, "Vincent," was also a smash, and Don 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.
Don 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.
www.grabow.biz /Contemporary/DonMcLean.htm   (657 words)

  
 Don Mclean - Virgin Radio
Don Mclean's song American pie entered the Grammy Hall of Fame in 2002, and was voted one of the top 5 songs of last century...
Don McLean was profoundly affected by the deaths of both Buddy Holly and John F. Kennedy.
McLean accompanied Seeger on his Clearwater boat up the Hudson River in 1969 to protest environmental pollution in the river.
www.virginradio.co.uk /music/artists/don_mclean   (375 words)

  
 George Michael Records Don McLean's The Grave
In February 2003 George Michael unexpectedly recorded Don McLean's The Grave in protest against the looming Iraq war.
Don's words were reported in the worldwide news media.
The Grave was released on Don McLean's 1971 American Pie album but was over-shadowed by that album's title track and the equally famous 'Vincent (Starry Starry Night)'.
www.americanpie.com /articles/georgemichael.asp   (230 words)

  
 American Pie by Don McLean
McLean seems to be lamenting the lack of "danceable" music in rock and roll and (in part) attributing that lack to the absence of Buddy Holly et.
McLean was asking many questions about the early rock 'n roll in an attempt to keep it alive or find out if it was already dead.
McLean was writing this song in the late 60's, about ten years after the crash.
www.history-of-rock.com /american.htm   (1523 words)

  
 Don McLean Concert Review   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-24)
McLean is hard to categorize because he's released pop, folk and country records, and he's had hits with cover versions of other artists' songs.
McLean retained the copyrights and publishing rights to all of his material — something that was unheard of by artists of his time — and he has enjoyed the income generated by it, such as the licensing of American Pie for the hit movie and for Madonna's recent version of the song.
McLean's vocal range is limited, although he did hit all of the high notes on Since I Don't Have You.
www.bill-mcfarland.com /donmclean.html   (679 words)

  
 Don McLean
McLean himself has always refused to clarify them in spite of several requests, and as a result numerous theories on interpretation have emerged....
The lyrics are as poetic as Vincent, with great lines such as "Moonlight used to bathe the contours of your face, while chestnut hair fell all around the pillow case - And the fragrance of your flowers rest beneath my head, a sympathy bouquet left with the love that's dead".
In contrast, the chorus is touching in its simplicity: "And I wonder if you know that I never understood that although you said you'd go, until you did, I never thought you would...." It's a pity that McLean has never managed to come even close to the level of this amazing album.
www.lu-art.com /Music/Donmclean.html   (314 words)

  
 Collins' Oldies Website: Don McLean
In the first verse the narrator looks back on the day in February 1959 when Buddy Holly, the Big Bopper, and Ritchie Valens died in the crash of their plane.
CTPB, the plane was not named American Pie; instead, Don apparently just personified the plane as "Miss American Pie." Anyway, that day is known as "the day the music died." The "widowed bride" was Maria Elena Holly.
In the third verse Bob Dylan is portrayed as a jester who stole the crown from Elvis' head, while John Lennon is said to have "read a book of Marx" hours before the Beatles' final concert at San Francisco's Candlestick Park.
www.srv.net /~roxtar/mclean_don.html   (708 words)

  
 NewBeats: Don McLean   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-24)
Don McLean has had sort of a checkered career that definitely achieved a high point with "American Pie," an 8-minute allegorical epic about the death of Buddy Holly, the Big Bopper, and Ritchie Valens.
This collection makes a strong case that McLean was an artist who had good songs other than "American Pie," and that he was a savvy chart singles one as well.
As a performer, McLean's easy going voice certainly resonates (enough to inspire the Roberta Flack hit "Killing Me Softly With His Song")--he can somehow take someone else's song and make it his own.
www.newbeats.com /donmclean.html   (234 words)

  
 Understanding the lyrics of American Pie - Don McLean - Rock and Roll and Buddy Holly, an interpretation   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-24)
McLean was a teenager in 1959 and he begins by simply commenting that the music had an appealing quality to him as well as the millions of other teens.
McLean was writing this song in the late 60's,about ten years after the crash.
McLean had become friends with Lee Hays of the Weavers in the early 60's while performing in coffeehouses and clubs in upstate New York and New York City.
www.rareexception.com /Garden/Pie.php   (3500 words)

  
 Foogle Business - Words & Music - Listen to American Pie - Lyrics - Don McLean - Biography - All-American Apple Pie - ...
Singer/Songwriter Don McLean was born October 2nd, 1945, in New Rochelle, NY.
McLean's style and the depth of thought in his lyrics, soon made him an icon and he touched the hearts of the young generation of that era.
Don McLean will go down in the corridors of history as the composer of one of the greatest all-American songs.
www.thesahara.net /american_pie.htm   (1393 words)

  
 Don McLean: The Legendary American Singer/Songwriter
Don would be the first to admit that his audience is not there because he is hip it's because they have a relationship with Don and his music.Attending a Don McLean concert has been for many a life changing experience.
Continue to enjoy the music of Don McLean as he sings his way into his 6th decade and second century of performing.
Don McLean and American Pie are registered trade marks.
home.iprimus.com.au /donmclean   (242 words)

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