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Don McLean (born October 2, 1945 in New Rochelle, New York) is an American , most famous for his 1971 song “American Pie”, released from the album of the same name, about the plane crash that killed Buddy Holly, Richie Valens, and The Big Bopper (Jiles Perry (J.P.) (Jape) Richardson, Jr.). The song, an international number one single, spawned the phrase “The Day the Music Died,” referring to the day of the crash [3 February 1959]. It was later listed as the No. 5 song on the RIAA project ‘Songs of the Century’.

Early in his career, McLean was mentored by the folk legend Pete Seeger, and he accompanied Seeger on his Clearwater boat up the Hudson River in 1969 to protest at environmental pollution in the river. The Clearwater campaign was widely credited for improving water quality in the Hudson River.

In 1980, McLean had an international number one hit with the Roy Orbison classic, “Crying.” Only following the record’s success overseas was it released in the U.S., becoming a top-ten hit in 1981. Orbison himself once described McLean as “the voice of the century,” and a subsequent re-recording of the song saw Orbison incorporate elements of McLean’s version.

In 1991, McLean returned to the U.K. top ten with a re-issue of “American Pie,” which nine years later became a worldwide smash all over again thanks to Madonna’s controversial cover.


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  • HaHaHaYoureDead

    а, точно, еще vincent. вообще сонграйтинг у него исключительно хорош, есть чему поучиться.

    8 Aug 4:34am Reply
  • kassirb_gnr

    Vincent, this world was never meant for one as beautiful as you...

    21 Jun 3:49am Reply
  • ixab_

    Vincent ♥

    1 Jun 7:03pm Reply
  • KakahDaschund

    ♥ Vincent ♥

    18 May 9:47am Reply
  • HaHaHaYoureDead

    American pie - абсолютно гениальная песня, прорыв, практически "время колокольчиков" для сша. все остальное в его творчестве не так удивляет и радует, но вполне себе симпатично.

    20 Mar 1:17pm Reply
  • saltyknuckles

    Featured on SaltyKnuckles ~ Oldies №64 -

    14 Feb 10:28pm Reply
  • beatthebeatles

    Live version of "Babylon" from "Solo" live album. Search it on YouTube, you're gonna be blown away how Don makes the audience sing along in a three-way canon. Incredible!

    29 Jan 11:42pm Reply
  • EbbaOzolins

    Amazing voice!

    19 Dec 2013 Reply
  • alezzzix

    Vincent <3

    18 Oct 2013 Reply
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    6 Sep 2013 Reply
  • geigenqueen

    ist das nicht schön

    3 Sep 2013 Reply
  • Mari_Cooper

    Castles In The Air ♥

    18 May 2013 Reply
  • donato_roque

    American Pie- he stood over the grave of Buddy Holly and sang this.

    7 Apr 2013 Reply
  • Wiracocha

    Gotta love him!

    6 Apr 2013 Reply
  • bgbjr

    PLEASE DON'T READ THIS. YOU WILL BE KISSED ON THE NEAREST POSSIBLE FRIDAY BY THE LOVE OF YOUR LIFE.TOMORROW WILL BE THE BEST DAY OF YOUR LIFE. NOW YOU'VE STARTED READING THIS. DON'T STOP. THIS IS SO FREAKY. 1. say your name 10 times 2. say your mom's name 5 times 3. say your crushes name 3 times 4. paste this to 4 other songs. if you do this, your crush will kiss you on the nearest Friday. but if you read this and do not paste this, then you will have very bad luck. SEND THIS TO 5 SONGS IN 143 MINUTES. WHEN YOU'RE DONE PRESS F6 AND YOUR CRUSH'S NAME WILL APPEAR IN BIG LETTERS ON THE SCREEN. THIS IS SO FREAKY BECAUSE IT ACTUALLY WORK ”

    3 Apr 2013 Reply
  • RolfMedeiros

    Vincent <3

    29 Mar 2013 Reply
  • kluk_jako_buk

    There's a great interpretation of the lyrics of American Pie, if anyone's interested

    10 Feb 2013 Reply
  • vitornevermindz

    Castiel <3

    20 Jan 2013 Reply
  • willmotajr

    American Pie <3 [2]

    18 Oct 2012 Reply
  • Kaylaa2

    Vincent <3

    30 Aug 2012 Reply
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