Don McLean ( Maclean ; Eng. Don McLean [məˈkleɪn] ; born October 2, 1945 , New Rochelle , New York , USA ) is an American singer and musician who plays his own songs , which is world famous In the early 1970s, the singles were brought in: “ American Pie ” (about Buddy Holly ) and “ Vincent ”, which was the favorite song of the famous rapper Tupac Shakur, a dedication to Vincent Van Gogh (the second of these two hits was in turn written: " Killing Me Softly with His Song ", which became famous in the performance of Roberta Flack )  .
Don McLean, 2008
|Full name||Donald McLean III|
|Date of Birth||October 2, 1945 (73 years)|
|Place of Birth||New Rochelle , pieces New York|
|Professions||Executive author |
|Years of activity||- present time|
In subsequent works, Macklin deliberately refused to follow the path that led him to massive success, and in the mid-1970s he lost his contract with United Artists . Interest in the work of the singer arose again in 1980, after the release of the album Chain Lightning ; Roy Orbison's “ Crying ” cover again brought him to the charts. But this “rebirth” turned out to be short-lived: since 1983, Macklin, having no contract, for several years earned a living by touring, reluctantly performing “American Pie” and focusing on country rather than folk audience  .
Later, he was again in the center of attention of critics: the albums For the Memories (1990, a collection of pop, country and jazz covers) and River of Love (1995), an album of copyright material , received high marks.
Childhood and adolescence
Donald McLean III was born in New Rochelle, a suburb of New York , on October 2, 1945. From early childhood he was interested in music and already in his teens got a guitar. I also tried to do opera singing with my sister; often visited the pool. All this was very useful to him in his career as a vocalist.
At age 13, Don was a newspaper peddler. Then in 1959, Buddy Holly died in a plane crash . The newspaper headlines he saw served as a pretext for writing his most popular song, “ American Pie ”. In 1961, Macklin became involved in folk music and finally decided to become a professional musician.
“What does American Pie mean?” This means that I no longer need to work. ” Don McLean, 1998.
Robert Dimery “1001 albums you need to hear”
|1989||For the Memories Vols I & II|
|1989||And I Love You So|
|1995||The river of love|
|2001||Sings marty robbins|
|2001||Starry Starry Night (LIVE)|
|2003||You've Got to Share Songs for Children Album|
|2003||The western album|
|2005||Rearview Mirror: An American Musical Journey|
|2009||Addicted to black|
|1980||The Very Best of Don McLean|
|1987||Don McLean's Greatest Hits · Then & Now|
|1991||The Best of Don McLean|
|1992||Favorites and Rarities|
|2003||Legendary Songs of Don McLean|
|2007||The Legendary Don McLean|
|2008||American Pie & Other Hits|