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Don McLean (born October 2nd 1945) Don McLean is a folk musician best known for his song 'American Pie' and the album of the same name. 

Musical career: Don McLean released his debut album 'Tapestry' in 1970 through Mediarts. His break came with his second album, the number one 'American Pie', which was released when United Artists Records took over Mediarts the following year. The title single became his only song to top US charts, while next single 'Vincent' did so in the UK. 'American Pie' references the deaths of Buddy Holly, Ritchie Valens and JP Richardson, as well as various other musical events like Woodstock.

His self-titled third album was released in 1972 and featured the songs 'Dreidel' and 'If We Try', the latter of which was later covered by Olivia Newton-John.

Bob Elfstrom released a Don McLean documentary entitled 'Till Tomorrow', detailing the events of a bomb scare at his Columbia University concert.

Album four 'Playin' Favorites' was the next year's release featuring 'Mountains of Mourne' and a cover of Buddy Holly's 'Everyday'.

In 1974, he released the Joel Dorn produced 'Homeless Brother' which included the US Adult Contemporary Chart number one 'Wonderful Baby', later covered by Fred Astaire.

McLean signed with Arista Records for 1977 album 'Prime Time', but changed to EMI for 1980's 'Chain Lightning' - the most popular song from which was UK number one 'Crying'. Millennium Records re-released the album.

1987 saw the release of the 'Love Tracks' album and in 1991 he sang 'American Pie' on 'Top of the Pops'.

1995's 'The River of Love' was released on Curb Records, with subsequent releases being the first on his own Don McLean Music label.

McLean was inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame in 2005.

In 2009, he released the album 'Addicted to Black' which included a poem by William Shakespeare.

Personal life: Don McLean was born in New Rochelle, New York and developed a passion for music in his teens. His asthma interrupted his studies but his love of music never waned. He became friends with his heroes Erik Darling and Fred Hellerman of the Weavers while at Iona Preparatory School. He attended Villanova University for a short time before embarking on a music career, later attending a night school at Iona College.

He lives in Maine with his wife Patrisha and two children.



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Don Mclean Pleads Not Guilty To Domestic Violence Misdemeanour


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The American Pie singer was arrested by police in Maine following an alleged bust-up with his wife, Patrisha, at their Camden home on 18 January (16).

He was released on $10,000 (£6,932) bail and it was subsequently revealed his spouse had obtained a temporary restraining order to keep MCLean away from her.

The 70-year-old denied the accusations and blamed the incident on the "very painful breakdown" of his 29-year marriage, and the estranged couple has since agreed to work through its marital problems behind closed doors.

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Don Mclean Working On Marriage As Restraining Order Is Lifted


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The American Pie singer was detained in Camden, Maine on 18 January (16) after police officers were called to investigate reports of a bust-up at the star's home.

He was charged with misdemeanour domestic violence and later released on bail of $10,000 (£6,660), and his second wife Patrisha, who he wed in 1987, subsequently applied for a restraining order to keep the musician away from her.

It has now emerged the order of protection has been lifted so the couple can attempt to work through their problems.

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Don Mclean Hit With Protection Order


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The American Pie star, 70, was arrested for misdemeanour domestic violence in the early hours of Monday (18Jan16) after police officers responded to reports of a bust-up at his home in Camden, Maine.

The female, who has not been named, submitted a statement detailing the alleged assault to Knox County Unified Court in Rockland, Maine to obtain a temporary protection from abuse order, which was granted on Tuesday (19Jan16) by Judge Susan Sparaco.

MCLean's attorney Walter MCKee tells the Bangor Daily News the singer denies all the allegations "vigorously" and adds, "It is incredibly disturbing that (she) would take this extraordinary step of filing for a protection order, especially when there are already bail conditions that provide her with any protection she believes she needs.

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Don Mclean Breaks Silence Over Domestic Violence Allegations


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The American Pie star was taken into custody in the early hours of Monday (18Jan16) after police officers responded to reports of a bust-up at his home in Camden, Maine.

His second wife Patrisha, who he wed in 1987, subsequently applied for a restraining order against the musician, which was granted by Judge Susan Sparaco on Tuesday (19Jan16), after submitting a statement detailing the alleged assault in papers filed in Knox County Unified Court in Rockland.

The handwritten documents also accused MCLean of years of abuse throughout their marriage - allegations the star's attorney, Walter MCKee, has vigorously denied.

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Don Mclean Arrested For Domestic Violence


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The American Pie hitmaker, 70, was held by police at his home in Camden, Maine in the early hours of Monday (18Jan16) amid reports of a violent incident at the property.

He was arrested for misdemeanour domestic violence and was later released on bail of $10,000 (£6,600).

No further details were available as WENN went to press.

Don Mclean Turns Air Blue On U.k. Chat Show


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The American Pie hitmaker agreed to an interview on Loose Women despite admitting he had no idea of the programme's format and had to watch footage online ahead of his booking.

During the awkward encounter he started playing his guitar in the middle of an interview and muttered a curse word under his breath when presenter Coleen Nolan produced a sweet treat she had cooked for him.

After telling MCLean her own recipe 'American pie' contained cherry, pumpkin, apple and pecan nuts, the singer/songwriter looked baffled and muttered, "What the f**k?"

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Don McLean Reveals True Meaning Of His Song 'American Pie'


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The meaning behind the famously enigmatic pop hit ‘American Pie’ has finally been revealed by its author Don Mclean, after his original manuscript for the song went up for auction and fetched $1.2 million on Tuesday.

The veteran singer songwriter discovered the eighteen-page bundle, full of first ideas, corrections and amendments, back in February of this year and decided to sell it on a whim.

At the time he said that he wouldn’t reveal the meaning of the song until it had sold at auction. Following its sale, he explains that it’s really about innocence lost and “life becoming less idyllic”, an alternative national anthem for a “generation lost in space”.

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Don Mclean's American Pie Lyrics Sell For $1.2 Million


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MCLean recently found the 16-page document while he was rooting through boxes of his music paperwork, and he decided it was time to part with the historic artefact.

The previously unseen manuscript, which features notes, drafts and deleted lyrics from the 1971 classic, was originally expected to fetch around $1.5 million (£938,000) but came up just short at Christie's auction house on Tuesday (07Apr15).

MCLean has never explained the meaning behind the lyrics, except revealing the opening verses were inspired by the death of singer Buddy Holly in 1959, and he previously hinted that the thoughts behind his words would be revealed in the lengthy document.

Manuscript Of Don McLean's 'American Pie' Goes Under The Hammer


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The meaning behind one of the most enigmatic songs in American pop history is to be revealed. Don Mclean will finally tell us the real inspiration for ‘American Pie’ when the original manuscript for the song goes up for auction in April, according to Reuters.

Auction house Christie’s will put the manuscript for the 1971 single under the hammer on April 7th in New York, and it is anticipated that it will attract bids of up to $1.5 million. That’s not quite the record for a piece of sheet music – held by Bob Dylan’s equally iconic ‘Like A Rolling Stone’ which sold for $2 million last year – but bidding on the day may well exceed that.

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Don McLean's 'American Pie' manuscript goes under the hammer in April

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Don Mclean's American Pie Manuscript Up For Auction


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The original manuscript featuring deleted lyrics and notes for Don Mclean's iconic song American Pie is expected to fetch up to $1.5 million (£938,000) at auction in April (15).

The previously unseen 16-page document, compiled of handwritten and typed pages on a variety of coloured and lined notebook paper, contains notes, drafts and deleted lyrics from the 1971 classic.

MCLean has never explained the meaning of most of the lyrics, except revealing the opening verses were inspired by the death of singer Buddy Holly in 1959.

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Date of birth

2nd October, 1945

Occupation

Musician

Sex

Male

Height

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