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McLean, Don

Born: 1945 AD
Currently alive, at 70 years of age.
Nationality: American
Categories: Singer, Songwriter

1945 – He was born on the 2nd day of October in New Rochelle, New York.


1963 – He graduated from Iona Preparatory School this year but dropped out of Villanova University (not Iona College) before getting a degree.


1971 – He composed the famous “American Pie” this year.


1973 – His composition was a hit for Perry Como this year.


1980 – He had an international number one hit with the Roy Orbison classic, Crying.


1981 – It becomes a hit this year.


1991 – He returned to the UK top 20 with a re-issue of American Pie.


2000 – The song became a worldwide smash again in this year when covered by Madonna.


2003 – George Michael covered Don’s anti-war song The Grave from the American Pie album in protest at the imminent invasion of Iraq by the US and allied forces.


2005 – A 15 year old Matt Navin impersonated Don McLean on the UK’s ‘Kids Stars in Their Eyes’ hosted by Cat Deeley.


2006 – He continues to tour extensively both in the U.S. and Europe. His new album Addicted to Black is expected to be released in the near future