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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's Wife Cites Adultery, Abuse And Irreconcilable Differences In Divorce Papers


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Don Mclean's wife Patrisha McLean has finally filed for divorce from her folk-singing husband, almost two months after he was arrested by police for an alleged domestic assault at their home in Maine back in January for which a restraining order was issued out against him. 

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Patrisha McLean, a professional photographer, cited 'adultery, cruel and abusive treatment, and irreconcilable differences' as she filed documents to end her marriage of 30 years to the 'American Pie' singer yesterday (March 10th 2016). No further details have yet been announced, but it is presumed that the decision has been made in connection with the domestical violence that occured on January 17th 2016.

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Don Mclean's Wife Files For Divorce


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The American Pie star hit headlines in January (16), when police were called to his marital home in Camden, Maine following a heated dispute with his second wife, Patrisha.

He was charged with misdemeanour domestic violence and later released on $10,000 (£7,000) bail, while it subsequently emerged his spouse, who he wed in 1987, had been granted a restraining order to keep the musician away.

Days later, the couple agreed to have the protection order lifted so the estranged pair could attempt to work through its problems.

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Don Mclean Postpones Tour After Domestic Violence Allegation


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The American Pie singer was slapped with a charge of misdemeanour domestic violence following an alleged dispute with his wife Patrisha at their home in Maine, and further counts of "terrorizing, criminal threatening, criminal restraint, criminal mischief, and obstructing the reporting of a crime" were added earlier this month (Feb16).

MCLean has pleaded not guilty to the allegations, and he and his wife are trying to work on their marriage and put the incident behind them.

He has now postponed his 10-date tour Down Under to give him time to rebuild relationships with his family, according to a statement, which reads, "Don Mclean graciously accepts the willingness of the promoter to postpone the current tour to exactly the same time in 2017 in order to allow Don MCLean and his family time to work at reuniting... This is an unprecedented moment in the family history. Don MCLean thanks all his fans for their patience and love and he looks forward to seeing them next year."

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Don Mclean Maintains Innocence In Domestic Violence Charges


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The American Pie star was taken into custody by police in Maine following a dispute with his wife, Patrisha, at their Camden home on 18 January (16).

He was initially slapped with a misdemeanour domestic violence charge and subsequently released on $10,000 (£6,932) bail, but last week (17Feb16), Knox County Assistant District Attorney Christopher Fernald announced officials were adding five more misdemeanours of "terrorizing, criminal threatening, criminal restraint, criminal mischief and obstructing the reporting of a crime".

MCLean's lawyer submitted his not guilty pleas prior to a court hearing on Monday (22Feb16). The singer was not present for the proceedings.

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Don Mclean Hit With More Charges In Domestic Violence Case


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The American Pie singer was arrested by police in Maine following the incident with his wife, Patrisha, at their Camden home on 18 January (16).

MCLean pleaded not guilty to a misdemeanour domestic violence charge and was subsequently released on $10,000 (£6,932) bail, but on Wednesday (17Feb16), Knox County Assistant District Attorney Christopher Fernald announced officials are adding misdemeanour charges of "terrorizing, criminal threatening, criminal restraint, criminal mischief and obstructing the reporting of a crime".

MCLean's attorney, Walter MCKee, tells The Hollywood Reporter his client is pleading not guilty to the new counts.

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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.

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86th Annual Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade

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At The ITV Studios

Don Mclean and ITV Studios Monday 13th February 2012 at the ITV studios

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The 2011 Glastonbury Music Festival Held At Worthy Farm In Pilton - Day 2 - Performances

Don Mclean - Saturday 25th June 2011 at Glastonbury Festival Somerset, England

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Don Mclean

Date of birth

2nd October, 1945

Occupation

Musician

Sex

Male

Height

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