Don McLean is most famous for his classic songs “American Pie” and “Vincent (Starry Starry Night)” and for other hits including “Crying”, “And I Love You So”, “Castles in the Air”, “Love in my Heart” and “Since I Don’t Have You”. He is the subject of the Roberta Flack/The Fugees No. 1 “Killing me Softly With His Songs” and co-writer of Drake’s recent No. 1 single “Doing it Wrong”.
I have known Don for 25 years and conducted extensive interviews with him between 2003 and 2007 in writing the first full length authorized biography “The Don McLean Story: Killing us Softly with his Songs”. During production of the book I reunited McLean with his early 1960s friend and mentor Erik Darling (of The Weavers fame).
Castles in the Air – one of his most under-rated songs.
Don McLean on the pyramid stage at Glastonbury, 2011.