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You've Sung It Plenty in Bars. Now, This Song Gets Its Own Film

Paramount+ documentary on Don McLean's 'American Pie' is 'mandatory viewing' for fans

(Newser) - Don McLean has listened for decades as people belted out his classic song "American Pie" at last call or at karaoke—and applauds you for the effort. "I've heard whole bars burst into this song when I've been across the room," McLean told the AP...

Don McLean Pulls Out of NRA Concert
Almost Everyone
Has Now Pulled Out
of NRA Concert
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Almost Everyone Has Now Pulled Out of NRA Concert

Following Don McLean pulling out, others do the same

(Newser) - Update: Nearly all of the musicians previously set to perform at the NRA's Saturday night concert in Houston have exited. Lee Greenwood, Larry Gatlin, T. Graham Brown, and Larry Stewart have all pulled out of performing, and SiriusXM's Y2Kountry host Danielle Peck is also out. Sources tell Billboard...

Don McLean's Daughter Says She Grew Up in 'Constant Fear'

She says she was mentally, emotionally abused by 'American Pie' singer

(Newser) - Singer-songwriter Jackie McLean says it's difficult to escape the shadow of father Don McLean's fame—and it's all the more complicated because their personal relationship has been very troubled. She tells Rolling Stone that the "American Pie" singer mentally and emotionally abused her when she was...

Death Lyrics in 'American Pie' Not Just About Buddy Holly

Don McLean, still cagey, suggests his father's death is in there, too

(Newser) - Don McLean has remained famously cagey about the meaning of the lyrics of his 1971 song "American Pie" over the years, though he appears to reveal a bit more than usual in an interview with the Guardian . He recounts how at the age of 15, he had a premonition...

Don McLean Slams UCLA 'Morons' Over Award Fiasco

Singer blasts university after honor is announced, then rescinded

(Newser) - The UCLA Student Alumni Association decided to present Don McLean with the George and Ira Gershwin Award for Lifetime Musical Achievement on May 17 in Los Angeles. But just hours after the 73-year-old singer announced Monday that he would be receiving the award, the honor was rescinded, the Portland Press ...

'American Pie' Singer's Wife Describes Alleged Attack

She says the incident went on for 4 hours, 'craziness in his eyes'

(Newser) - TMZ got a look at the legal documents in the Don McLean domestic violence case , and the gossip site says the "American Pie" singer's wife of 30 years, Pat, was indeed the alleged victim. According to TMZ, Pat says McLean assaulted her for four hours Sunday night...

'American Pie' Singer Charged With Domestic Violence

Don McLean briefly jailed in Maine

(Newser) - A jail supervisor says "American Pie" singer Don McLean has been arrested on a misdemeanor domestic violence charge in Maine. Cpl. Brad Woll says McLean was arrested and posted $10,000 bail early Monday at the Knox County Jail. The 70-year-old singer-songwriter lives in Camden, Maine. A message left...

Bye-Bye, 'American Pie': Manuscript Sold for $1.2M

Don McLean manuscript and notes scooped up at Christie's auction

(Newser) - Singer-songwriter Don McLean's original manuscript and notes to "American Pie" have been sold at auction for $1.2 million. McLean offered the wistful anthem that asks, "Do you recall what was revealed the day the music died?" at Christie's today; the 16 pages included the original...

The Best and Worst Karaoke Songs

(Newser) - For the incoherent drunkards, the friends who get yanked onstage, and all other would-be singers, Entertainment Weekly offers the best and worst karaoke songs: The Best:
  • "I Want It That Way," Backstreet Boys: The entire room will be singing with you; getting audience members to admit they like
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'American Pie' Singer Recalls His Hero: Buddy Holly

No rock act can top Buddy Holly: Don McLean

(Newser) - Don McLean is forever linked to Buddy Holly because of his "American Pie" tribute, and he wouldn't have it any other way. Fifty years after Holly's untimely death, McLean calls his song about the "day the music died" the proudest accomplishment of his career. "Long before I...

Born in the USA Tops Gitmo Torture Charts

Boss' anthem among tunes favored by US interrogators for disorienting prisoners

(Newser) - The music played at high volume for hours on end by US interrogators to torture prisoners held at Guantanamo Bay spanned all genres. But the military overseers did have a few favorite songs, including:
  • Born in the USA, by Bruce Springsteen
  • American Pie, by Don McLean
  • Staying Alive, by the
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