A New York native, McLean went on to become one of the most-revered and respected singer-songwriters of his generation. Future hits following “American Pie” included “Dreidel,” “Castles In The Air,” and “Wonderful Baby.” He also paid tribute to Roy Orbison’s influence with a 1980 hit recording of “Crying.”

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ICONIC SINGER-SONGWRITER DON MCLEAN REFLECTS ON "THE DAY THE MUSIC DIED" ON 58TH ANNIVERSARY OF TRAGIC PLANE CRASH

02.03.17

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (February 3, 2017) – On February 3, 1959, a chartered aircraft crashed in Mason City, Iowa just minutes after takeoff claiming the lives of Buddy Holly, Ritchie Valens, J.P. Richardson – “The Big Bopper” – and the pilot, Roger Peterson.

The fateful day was coined “The Day The Music Died” by Don McLean in his hit “American Pie.” The song was released in 1971 and spent four weeks at No. 1 in 1972. In 2001, thirty years later, the Recording Industry of America named the it the fifth greatest song of the 20th century.

“Buddy Holly was only 22 years old when he died on February 3, 1959. By that time he had recorded something like 60 sides and everyone of them was a hit song and most were hit records. Even the Beatles can not compare to the magnitude of this...

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DON McLEAN SET FOR TELEVISION APPEARANCES

09.06.16

New York, NY (September 6, 2012) - 40 years after his iconic “American Pie” reached #1 on the Billboard pop singles chart, Don McLean will be the subject of a new and authorized documentary, DON McLEAN: AMERICAN TROUBADOUR. Due out on September 11, 2012 (Time Life), McLean granted unprecedented access and interviews for the film, revealing his personal account of a career spanning over four decades and performing songs that have become integral parts of American pop culture.  
 
In a promotional effort, Don McLean will embark on a media tour that will include stops at CBS This Morning, Access Hollywood, AOL “You’ve Got…” series, SiriusXM, The Better Show, Huckabee, Fox & Friends, NY Profiles, FoxNews.com Live, Red Eye, AP TV, along...

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DON McLEAN: AMERICAN TROUBADOUR DOCUMENTARY TO BE RELEASED ON DVD SEPTEMBER 11

08.13.16

Fairfax, VA (August 13, 2012) - 40 years after his iconic “American Pie” reached #1 on the Billboard pop singles chart, Don McLean will be the subject of a new and authorized documentary, DON McLEAN: AMERICAN TROUBADOUR.  Due out on September 11, 2012 (Time Life), McLean granted unprecedented access and interviews for the film, revealing his personal account of a career spanning over four decades and performing songs that have become integral parts of American pop culture.   DON McLEAN: AMERICAN TROUBADOUR also features over 15 live performances including “American Pie,” “Vincent,” “Crying” and “And I Love You So” along with extensive commentary by historian and Rolling Stone journalist Douglas...

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