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
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