2021 marks the 50th anniversary of Don McLean’s much loved American Pie album and in celebration Don has announced a 2022 European tour.
The American Troubadour has had top 20 singles worldwide with American Pie, Vincent, Cryin, And I Love You So, Wonderful Baby, Since I Don’t Have you, It’s Just The Sun and If We Try. Madonna, Drake and Garth Brooks are amongst many artists who have also recorded Don’s songs. He is an inductee of the Grammy Hall Of Fame, Songwriters Hall of Fame and is a recipient of a BBC Lifetime Achievement award. This year he was awarded a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
In 1971, Don McLean released American Pie as a double-A single and it charted within a month. Interest from the media and public sent the single to number one in the U.S. and Don to international stardom. Despite decades of attempted interpretations, Don has always remained enigmatic as to the songs meaning and the mystery remains to this day!
Now, 50 years later, American Pie resides in the Library of Congress National Recording Registry, joining less than 500 works including Somewhere Over the Rainbow. American Pie was named by the Recording Industry of America (RIAA) a top five song of the 20th Century. In 2002, the song was inducted into the GRAMMY® Hall of Fame. In 2015, McLean’s manuscript of the lyrics to American Pie were auctioned by Christies, selling for just over $1.2 million. McLean has performed the song for numerous dignities including President Clinton at the Lincoln Memorial Gala in Washington D.C.
A New York native, Don McLean is one of the most revered and respected songwriters in American history. After paying his dues in the New York club scene in the late 60s, he went on to score mega-hits like Vincent (Starry, Starry Night), Castles In The Air and many more. His song And I Love You So was the theme for Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s wedding. American Pie appears in the Avengers’ Black Widow film and the upcoming Tom Hanks movie Finch. Next up for McLean is a children’s book expected to be released in 2022.