Don McLean

Singer-songwriter Don McLean earned an enduring No. 1 hit with the unlikeliest of tunes: a plaintive, epic-length ballad about the end of America's innocence, spelled out in highly, often impenetrably poetic lyrics ... Read more »
Born: 10/02/1945 in New Rochelle, New York, USA

Filmography

Music (14)

The Runaways 2010 (Movie)

("Vincent (Starry, Starry Night)") (Song)

The Runaways 2010 (Movie)

("Vincent (Starry, Starry Night)") (Song Performer)

Josie and the Pussycats 2001 (Movie)

("American Pie") (Song)

Don McLean: Starry, Starry Night 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)

Music

Don McLean: Starry, Starry Night 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)

Song Performer

The Next Best Thing 2000 (Movie)

(Song)

The Next Best Thing 2000 (Movie)

("American Pie") (Song Performer)

Bowfinger 1999 (Movie)

("And I Love You So") (Song)

Celebrity 1998 (Movie)

("American Pie") (Song)

Born on the Fourth of July 1989 (Movie)

("American Pie") (Song Performer)

Born on the Fourth of July 1989 (Movie)

(Song)

Penn & Teller Get Killed 1989 (Movie)

("American Pie") (Song)

Who'll Stop the Rain? 1978 (Movie)

("American Pie") (Song Performer)

Fraternity Row 1976 (Movie)

(Music)
Actor (11)

100 Greatest Songs of Rock & Roll 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)

Actor

America's Millennium 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)

Actor

Don McLean: Starry, Starry Night 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)

Actor

Pops Goes the Fourth 2000 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)

Actor

The Day the Music Died 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)

Actor

American Bandstand 40th Anniversary Special 1991 - 1992 (TV Show)

Actor

Buddy Holly and the Crickets -- A Tribute 1987 - 1988 (TV Show)

Actor

100 Years of Golden Hits 1980 - 1981 (TV Show)

Actor

The Weavers: Wasn't That a Time! 1980 (Movie)

Himself (Actor)

Pete Seeger... A Song and a Stone 1971 (Movie)

(Actor)
Producer (2)

Little Women: Terra's Little Family 2016 (Tv Show)

Story Producer

Don McLean: Starry, Starry Night 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)

Executive Producer
Other (1)

The History Boys 2006 (Movie)

Facilities Driver (Driver)

Biography

Singer-songwriter Don McLean earned an enduring No. 1 hit with the unlikeliest of tunes: a plaintive, epic-length ballad about the end of America's innocence, spelled out in highly, often impenetrably poetic lyrics. Despite this, "American Pie" became one of the great pop songs of the 20th century, as well as the defining recording of McLean's career. He emerged from the New York folk scene in the late 1960s, drawing influence from such legends as Pete Seeger and the Weavers. "American Pie" immediately elevated him from obscurity to superstardom, but McLean would find it difficult to find chart success in its wake, largely due to his own reticence to repeat the song's formula. Though his star was largely on the wane by the 1980s, both he and "American Pie" remained perennial favorites on radio and in concert, where he dutifully worked through the song for new generations of listeners raised on their parents' LPs. If McLean's greatest misfortune was that he never generated more than one truly memorable song, he still proved one of the luckiest songwriters in history by making "American Pie" that song.

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