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Don McLean

Don McLean

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Always a bit of a troubadour, Don McLean developed his style of Folk music at an early age.

In 1969, McLean recorded his first album, Tapestry, in Berkeley, CA. While student riots were going on outside the studio door, Don was singing "And I Love You So" inside. The transition to international stardom began in 1971 with the release of the album "American Pie." The title single charted within a month of release and quickly ascended to #1 in the USA. The song is believed to be an impressionistic ballad inspired partly by the deaths of Buddy Holly, Ritchie Valens and J.P. Richardson (The Big Bopper) in a plane crash in 1959. The second single from the album, "Vincent (Starry Night)" was inspired by Vincent Van Gogh's painting of "Starry Night." As McLean studied a print of the painting, he realized that a song could be written about the artist through the painting. Other hits include "Crying," "Castles in the Air," "Wonderful Baby," and more.

Don McLean