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Don McLean
50th Anniversary American Pie Tour

February 11th, 2022

7:00 PM

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 #1 in the U.S. and Don to international stardom. Every line of the song was analyzed time and time again to find the real meaning. Don refused to sanction any of the interpretations, adding to the mystery. 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 5 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" was 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. Madonna, Garth Brooks, Josh Groban, Drake, Weird "Al" Yankovic, and countless others have recorded his catalog of songs. Don McLean is a GRAMMY® Award honoree, a Songwriter Hall of Fame member, and a BBC Lifetime Achievement award recipient. In 2019, Don was honored with a star on the Las Vegas Walkway of Stars, and his song "And I Love You So" was the theme for Prince Harry and Megan Markle's wedding. 2020 brought Don a new recording contract with Time Life which he released a catalog of recordings as well as a new album 'Still Playin' Favorites.' In 2021 Don received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, "American Pie" appears in the Avengers' Black Widow and the upcoming Tom Hanks movie Finch, a children's book will be released, and much more! And when you think things are slowing down, not so for Don McLean!

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