2021 marks the 50th Anniversary of Don McLean’s much loved American Pie album and in celebration, today Don announces his European tour which rolls into the UK in September next year.
Don McLean 50th Anniversary of American Pie Tour Tickets available via his official website. Tickets are on public sale this Friday, 24 September.
Don McLean, 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 his songs. Don McLean 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, which can be found in front of The Pie Hole Bakery, between Hollywood and Vine.
Way back 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 US, and propelled Don to international stardom. Despite decades of attempted interpretations, he has always remained enigmatic as to the song’s meaning & the mystery remains to this day!
Now, 50 years later, ‘American Pie’ has a place in the Library of Congress National Recording Registry, joined by fewer 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 dignitaries, including President Clinton at the Lincoln Memorial Gala in Washington D.C.
A native of New York, 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 1960s, 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 Megan Markle’s wedding. ‘American Pie’ appears in the Marvel Avengers film, ‘Black Widow’ and has a place on the soundtrack of the upcoming Tom Hanks movie ‘Finch’. Next up for McLean is a children’s book, expected to be released in 2022.