Don McLean is one of America’s most enduring singer-songwriters and is forever associated with his classic hits “American Pie” and “Vincent (Starry Starry Night).” Since first hitting the charts in 1971, McLean has amassed over 40 gold and platinum records worldwide and in 2004, was inducted into the Songwriters’ Hall of Fame. His songs have been recorded by artists from every musical genre, most notable Madonna’s #1 recording “American Pie” in 2000, and George Michael’s version of “The Grave” in 2003, sung in protest at the Iraq War.
In 2007, McLean shared his life story in Alan Howard’s biography, “The Don McLean Story: Killing Us Softly With His Songs.” In 2009, his latest studio album, Addicted to Black, was released and in 2010 he returned to Europe for a seven-nation tour, including the Royal Albert Hall in London.
2011 saw another tour of UK and Ireland, including a sensational appearance at Europe’s largest music festival, Glastonbury, and in 2012, McLean completed his longest European tour in 20 years. In 2012, McLean was awarded the BBC Folk Music Lifetime Achievement Award and saw the release of American Troubadour on CD and DVD and the worldwide broadcast of the documentary of this name, charting McLean’s life and career.