It is taking longer than expected to fetch the next song to play. The music should be playing soon. If you get tired of waiting, you can try reloading your browser.


Please check our Help page for information about troubleshooting Pandora on your browser.

Please ensure you are using the latest Flash Player.


If you are unable or do not wish to upgrade your Flash Player,
please try a different browser.


Please check our Help page for information about troubleshooting Pandora on your browser.
Your Pandora Plus subscription will expire shortly.
More Info
No Thanks
Your Pandora Plus trial will expire shortly.
Restore
Close
close
Your Pandora Plus trial subscription will expire shortly. Upgrade to continue unlimited, ad-free listening.
Upgrade Now
You've listened to hours of Pandora this month. Consider upgrading to Pandora Plus.
More Info
No Thanks
Close
Hi . Pandora is using Facebook to personalize your experience. Learn MoreNo Thanks
 Upgrade  sign up   |   help   |  
-0:00
0:00
Change Skin

Free personalized radio that
plays the music you love

Now Playing
Music Feed
My Profile
Create a Station
People who also like this

Don McLean

Famed for -- and ultimately defined by -- his perennial "American Pie," singer/songwriter Don McLean was born October 2, 1945, in New Rochelle, New York. After getting his start in the folk clubs of New York City during the mid-'60s, McLean struggled for a number of years, building a small following through his work with Pete Seeger on the Clearwater, a sloop that sailed up and down the eastern seaboard to promote environmental causes.

Still, McLean was primarily singing in elementary schools and the like when, in 1970, he wrote a musical tribute to painter Vincent Van Gogh; the project was roundly rejected by a number of labels, although MediaArts did offer him a contract to record a number of his other songs under the title Tapestry. The album fared poorly, but Perry Como earned a hit with a cover of the track "And I Love You So," prompting United Artists to pick up McLean's contract. He returned in 1971 with American Pie; the title track, an elegiac eight-and-a-half-minute folk-pop epic inspired by the tragic death of Buddy Holly, became a number one hit, and the LP soon reached the top of the charts as well.

The follow-up, "Vincent," was also a smash, and McLean even became the subject of the Roberta Flack hit "Killing Me Softly with His Song"; however, to his credit -- and to his label's horror -- the singer refused to let the success of "American Pie" straitjacket his career. Subsequent records like 1972's self-titled effort and 1974's Playin' Favorites deliberately avoided any attempts to re-create the "American Pie" flavor; not surprisingly, his sales plummeted, and the latter release even failed to chart. After 1974's Homeless Brother and 1976's Solo, United Artists dropped McLean from his contract; he resurfaced on Arista the next year with Prime Time, but when it, too, fared poorly, he spent the next several years without a label.

McLean enjoyed a renaissance of sorts with 1980's Chain Lightning; his first Top 30 LP in close to a decade, it spawned a Top Ten smash with its cover of Roy Orbison's classic "Crying," and his originals "Castles in the Air" and "Since I Don't Have You" both also reached the Top 40. However, 1981's Believers failed to sustain the comeback, and after 1983's Dominion, he was again left without benefit of label support. McLean spent the remainder of his career primarily on the road, grudgingly restoring "American Pie" to his set list and drawing inspiration from the country market; in addition to a number of live sets and re-recordings of old favorites, he also returned to the studio for projects like 1990's For the Memories (a collection of classic pop, country, and jazz covers) and 1995's River of Love (an LP of original material). ~ Jason Ankeny
full bio

Selected Discography

x

Track List: The Best Of Don McLean

1. American Pie

2. Vincent

3. And I Love You So

4. Crying

5. Castles In The Air (1970)

6. Driedel

7. Winterwood

8. Every Day

9. Mountains O'Mourne

10. Prime Time

x

Track List: Chain Lightning

1. Words And Music

2. Crying

3. It's Just The Sun

5. Chain Lightning

9. Since I Don't Have You

11. It's A Beautiful Life

x

Track List: Playin' Favorites

x

Track List: American Pie

1. American Pie

2. Till Tomorrow

3. Vincent

4. Crossroads

5. Winterwood

6. Empty Chairs

7. Evereybody Loves Me Baby

8. Sister Fatima

9. The Grave

10. Babylon

x

Track List: Tapestry

1. Castles In The Air

2. General Store

3. Magdalene Lane

4. Tapestry

5. Respectable

6. Orphans Of Wealth

7. Three Flights Up

8. And I Love You So

9. Bad Girl

10. Circus Song

11. No Reason For Your Dreams

x

Track List: Addicted To Black

1. Addicted To Black

2. Run, Diana Run

3. Beside Myself

4. Mary Lost A Ring

5. Lovers Love The Spring

6. Promise To Remember

7. The Three Of Us

8. Shadowland

9. I Was Always Young

10. This Is America (Eisenhower)

11. In A Museum

x

Track List: American Pie - The Very Best Of Don McLean

1. American Pie

2. Vincent

3. And I Love You So

4. Crying

5. Since I Don't Have You

6. Castles In The Air

7. It's Just The Sun

8. Jerusalem

9. It's A Beautiful Life

10. Headroom

11. 1967

12. Infinity

13. One In A Row

14. Lady In Waiting

15. Have You Seen Me

17. A Brand New World

Comments

Report as inappropriate
mysteriousst r a n g e r 5 4 5
❤❤❤❤❤
Report as inappropriate
Too bad, Douglas. Love Starry Night.
Report as inappropriate
Don McLean the best songwriter and best at stage performance; to bad he was stuck on trying to overcome his American Pie success. He should of just kept on jamming with and to his strength: Writing music and performing. His song Starry Starry Night was another hit as great as American Pie.
Report as inappropriate
��
Report as inappropriate
This is my favorite Pearl Jam song!
Report as inappropriate
Smokey needs to stop smoking, he's losing his brain cells. Sorry not Billy Joel.
Report as inappropriate
Omg these people!! Someone just friggin said this is their favorite Billy Joel song! Errrrrrrrrrr
Report as inappropriate
My favorite Billy Joel song ever!!!...me m o r y lane!!!
Report as inappropriate
david_e_cohe n
When I was a child, jukeboxes were common, and American Pie was so long they broke it into part 1 and part 2. You had to play (and pay for) 2 selections to hear the whole song. It was worth it. :^)
Report as inappropriate
The plane had no name. It's an urban legend.
Report as inappropriate
I heard the plane was called the American pie. Does anyone know about that ?
Report as inappropriate
My first sing along! Still know all the words!
Report as inappropriate
Tribute to Vincent The paint titled Vincent. Not Starry Night...
Sorry for the mix up of my last post.
Report as inappropriate
Don McLean... Was defined by his tribute to Buddy Holly, who was known as the Music. However, he is known for Starring Starry Night and many other song Don wrote, a great artist and songwriter.
Report as inappropriate
America's sad love song the times of true change God bless America
Report as inappropriate
My youth!
Report as inappropriate
Love this song
Report as inappropriate
sexyladies19 6 9 6 9
❤❤❤❤❤
Report as inappropriate
the song is about the death of buddy Holly , Richie Valance, and Big bopper, who all died in a plane crash
Report as inappropriate
mack19506
the ultimate song...do you really know the meaning of the song?
Report as inappropriate
Best song ever
Report as inappropriate
I asked to hear Do Mclean and all I can get is Lionell Richie for some reason. Pandora is user UNFREINDLY
Report as inappropriate
One of my favorite songs
Report as inappropriate
kelleylinda8 4 0
❤❤❤❤
Report as inappropriate
I remember singing this song on the last night at sleep away camp. It's a sad song but a great tribute to the loss of great rock n roll guys.
Report as inappropriate
fabulous song writing..

Report as inappropriate
This the day
Report as inappropriate
Free Bird is longer...so is Innagoddadiv i d a (sic?)
Report as inappropriate
Bye-bye Miss American pie! ��
Report as inappropriate
Can you teach me how to dance real slow???
Best song ever!!!
Report as inappropriate
This song has to be one of the longest songs I ever heard and I love it.
Report as inappropriate
bilson777
JIM CROCE IS TRULY AN ARTIST AND ALL WAYS IS
Report as inappropriate
This song will always be my favorite because my siblings performed it at a competition. . . and because it bring my family together.
Report as inappropriate
I could make the people dance. American Pie. What a song
Report as inappropriate
Van Gogh's Letters a beautiful intimate read...an artist of exemplary beauty,,,,
Report as inappropriate
this recording reigns supreme.
Report as inappropriate
rjohnson4923
I can do anything just want someone to do it with. I deserve it!!
Report as inappropriate
Try sing this song at keroki
Report as inappropriate
<3 it
Report as inappropriate
One of the best R and R songs ever!
Report as inappropriate
I just love this song. Spoke the truth about this song.
Report as inappropriate
Love this song and so do my parents! And my brother EVEN MY DOG WAS BOUNCING AROUND WHEN IT WAS PLAYING!!! It was so funny! ��
Report as inappropriate
Best of him In my book I love this song
Report as inappropriate
pointeribbon s
BEST SONG EVER

Report as inappropriate
This song is a great tribute to the memories of Richie Valans, Buddy Holly and the Big Bopper.
Report as inappropriate
American pie . Great song
Report as inappropriate
williamjlutz
One of the greatest songwriters ever. I was lucky to be able to see him onstage at Carnegie Hall shortly after the album's release. I won tickets on a local radio station! Awesome time, sitting just 15 feet from the man.
Report as inappropriate
tatidabxmami 2 4
You can google the break down of this song. People have literally tried to interpret it line by line. One of the best songs ever!!!
Report as inappropriate
I hope you havent forgotten me your my preasous special friend of mine Mike your mimi
Report as inappropriate
Everyone already knew that...
Show more

Don't have a Pandora account? Sign up

We're sorry, but a browser plugin or firewall may be preventing Pandora from loading.

In order to use Pandora internet radio, please upgrade to a more current browser.

Please check our Help page for more information.

It looks like your browser does not support modern SSL/TLS. Please upgrade your browser.

If you need help, please email: pandora-support@pandora.com.

In order to use Pandora internet radio, please upgrade to a more current browser
or install a newer version of Flash (v.10 or later).

In order to use Pandora internet radio, please install Adobe Flash (v.10 or later).

[67, 104, 99, 127, 100, 74, 77, 102, 127, 93, 119, 77, 102, 110, 100, 126, 69, 109, 83, 97, 99, 86, 100, 115, 69, 66, 108, 68, 126, 121, 66, 74, 78, 110, 96, 80, 86, 79, 77, 75, 119, 71, 96, 123, 99, 67, 111, 125, 65, 81, 73, 64, 95, 117, 92, 67, 68, 72, 106, 69, 116, 122, 65, 87, 84, 88, 90, 108, 122, 93, 105, 78, 66, 124, 99, 83, 106, 86, 89, 117, 124, 91, 100, 94, 115, 90, 95, 72, 114, 122, 74, 111, 114, 113, 66, 94, 127, 124, 91, 117, 101, 127, 115, 127, 67, 77, 111, 106, 79, 107, 83, 97, 86, 65, 76, 127, 68, 92, 95, 66, 109, 109, 85, 92, 88, 119, 71, 82, 76, 66, 88, 89, 81, 82, 110, 106, 109, 117, 98, 65, 99, 76, 90, 109, 85, 111, 74, 102, 73, 112, 82, 73, 96, 124, 77, 101, 77, 102, 102, 117, 110, 64, 83, 98, 82, 119, 111, 78, 79, 79, 66, 89, 83, 111, 70, 82, 98, 100, 92, 120, 89, 106, 74, 118, 89, 78, 97, 124, 79, 106, 85, 91, 102, 120, 102, 88, 125, 79, 64, 104, 108, 80, 97, 116, 111, 78, 99, 105, 66, 112, 123, 123, 110, 87, 114, 126, 88, 107, 89, 127, 74, 75, 99, 67, 98, 75, 81, 69, 93, 100, 108, 64, 82, 96, 92, 98, 88, 80, 68, 104, 99, 127, 125, 75, 89, 92, 121, 92, 69, 124, 91, 110, 85, 94, 100, 94, 75, 122, 117, 69, 89, 86, 98, 87, 118, 111, 122, 74, 93, 105, 94, 102, 114, 73, 107, 104, 99, 101, 97, 96, 110, 98, 124, 98, 64, 120, 78, 115, 93, 110, 77, 124, 111, 127, 109, 74, 89, 107, 97, 120, 115, 77, 100, 67, 127, 72, 106, 72, 96, 88, 126, 86, 100, 119, 94, 103, 125, 71, 78, 116, 110, 71, 84, 94, 86, 87, 77, 90, 104, 122, 121, 104, 101, 80, 100, 80, 107, 88, 100, 112, 119, 91, 94, 85, 94, 92, 89, 85, 93, 107, 68, 108, 123, 113, 108, 84, 120, 75, 105, 105, 108, 72, 93, 87, 92, 98, 104, 103, 105, 88, 121, 84, 75, 95, 90, 86, 67, 125, 127, 77, 112, 116, 66, 92, 111, 69, 112, 118, 90, 94, 84, 93, 112, 98, 117, 79, 100, 121, 87, 64, 123, 127, 115, 79, 107, 126, 81, 67, 117, 97, 93, 114, 108, 101, 104, 113, 98, 102, 73, 101, 85, 110, 120, 123, 124, 101, 103, 65, 127, 80, 90, 109, 85, 104, 73, 76, 94, 88, 81, 77, 67, 100, 87, 74, 64, 82, 72, 115, 88, 118, 105, 113, 122, 79, 83, 98, 69, 113, 111, 73, 122, 89, 69, 92, 110, 84, 89, 81, 107, 74, 99, 109, 90, 78, 74, 94, 108, 79, 104, 66, 66, 65, 82, 112, 79, 74, 81, 125, 108, 124, 74, 82, 84, 64, 123, 124, 124, 104, 127, 127, 74, 99, 75, 122, 97, 69, 73, 116, 68, 118, 76, 77]