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Don McLean - Music Legend / American Icon (American Pie)

Fascination Street

Don McLeanTake a walk with me down Fascination Street as I get to know Don McLean. Legendary singer / songwriter; Don is most known for his super smash hit AMERICAN PIE, which was released FIFTY YEARS AGO this year! In this episode, Don and I chat about: some of his songs, his new and upcoming projects, including: a new album of originals, a new album of covers, a new documentary, a play, a movie, and a new children's book called "American Pie: A Fable" which drops in October. Then he tells us about the true story behind the hit song "Killing Me Softly"; which is not his song, but has a very interesting connection that I bet you didn't know about. Don was kind enough to let me play some of his classic songs during this episode, as well as one of the covers off of his new album of covers called "Still Playin Favorites". Be sure to check out his website for upcoming tour dates (covid permitting). Don McLean is a legend, a brilliant poet and songwriter; but more importantly, he was a super king and generous to me! Enjoy this conversation with a LEGEND.Follow Don on social media:Twit: @DonMcLeanInsta: @TheDonMcLeanFB: Don McLean (Musician)Website: DonMcLean.com


30 Aug 2021

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Legendary Writer Don McLean / The Importance of Your Opening Line

SongTown on Songwriting

Learn more about SongTown and get 10 free videos to see what the fuss is all about! CLICK HERE SongTown Press Books:Mastering Melody Writing : BUY NOWThe Songwriter’s Guide To Mastering Co-Writing : BUY NOWSongbuilding: Mastering Lyric Writing : BUY NOW Guest: Don McLean : Website Hosts: Clay Mills : Facebook   :   InstagramMarty Dodson :   Facebook   :   Instagram Featured Song:“Darkest Hour” Randall Harris : Email  John Kennedy : Website 


20 Jul 2021

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Episode 193 - Don McLean

Sodajerker On Songwriting

Enduring singer-songwriter Don McLean discusses the writing of songs from throughout his extraordinary career including 'American Pie', 'Vincent', 'Wonderful Baby', 'The Legend of Andrew McCrew', 'Prime Time', 'Sea Man' and 'When July Comes'. In the conversation, Don teases out the importance of artists like Fred Astaire, Bob Dylan and The Beatles, and explains why he wants to write songs that are useful to people.


19 Apr 2021

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Don McLean: American Pie and Freedom

Big Questions with Cal Fussman

As we begin to see the light at the end of the COVID tunnel, Cal converses with the legendary singer/songwriter of American Pie and Vincent about the blessings of freedom and connectivity. Along the way, as they talk about music, Don tells Cal about the feeling that goes through him when a great song gets off the ground.  “Most music you hear lays there. It’s nothing. You don’t want to hear it again. It’s a nice try, but it’s a strikeout. Then there’s stuff that lives.”  Leaving Cal wondering about what it’s going to take to get out a message about reshaping healthcare that will have the same impact as a song everyone loves to sing 50 years after its creation.


13 Apr 2021

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S2E56 - Tamala Jones and Don McLean

Good Questions...with Cameron Dole

In this episode, I visit with actress Tamala Jones about the new series "Rebel" - which premieres Thursday (4/8) at 10 ET/9 CT on ABC. We also talk about what surprise talent she's been honing during the pandemic times. American music legend Don McLean pays us another visit, as we talk more about the 50th Anniversary of the classic tune "American Pie". 2021 will be a year full of Don's music being featured on the stage, and on screens everywhere. We'll even discuss the CBS documentary that is curently n the works. To help support this indie podcast, please visit buymeacoffee.com/GQwithCam or visit the merch shop at www.GQwithCam.com/shop/--- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/camerondole/message


6 Apr 2021

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Don McLean / Spencer Zahn

Sending Signals

Good morning/afternoon/evening! The 50th anniversary of “American Pie” is fast approaching and Don McLean is here, reflecting on how the song has affected his life and legacy, how he’s changed since he wrote it, and the album cover where it looks like a plane is flying up his nose. Also on the show, Spencer Zahn joins me from upstate New York to discuss his remarkable album “Sunday Painter”, one of the finest records of 2020.  Let me know what you think.Twitter: @signalspodcastInstagram: @sendingsignalspodcastspencerzahn.netdonmclean.com


16 Mar 2021

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Don Mclean (singer/songwriter)

Chuck Shute Podcast

Episode 113 - Don McLean!!! Don is truly a living legend. His music continues to be all over pop culture even to this day. His iconic song “American Pie” was listed at number 5 for “Songs of the Century” by the Recording Industry Association of America. In this episode Don discusses his rise to the top as well as his ambivalence towards success. He also tells me the story of Buddy Holly’s brother and his reaction to American Pie, as well as who he was referring to in the song when he mentions “the king.” 00:00 - Intro01:30 - Opener & Manager 03:15 - Mindset & Swimming 04:20 - Finding Music & The Weavers 06:48 - Beginning of Music Career 09:17 - Breaking Through Fear & Mission 10:12 - Finance Degree 11:25 - Pete Seeger and an Political Correctness 14:00 - The World Changing 18:30 - Overcoming Adversity of Tapestry Album 22:12 - American Pie Album & Artwork 24:52 - American Pie & Travis Holly (Buddy's Brother) 27:05 - Ambivalence Towards Success 30:15 - New Projects & Staying Busy 31:25 - YouTube Channel 32:26 - Roger Daltrey's Teen Cancer & Chemicals35:03 - Wrap Up Don McLean Website:https://donmclean.comTeen Cancer America Website:https://teencanceramerica.org/donate/Chuck Shute Website:http://chuckshute.comSupport the show (https://venmo.com/Chuck-Shute)


12 Mar 2021

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#13 - Action Beat - Conversation with Don Mclean

The Scene was Dead Anyway

Don Mclean is the founding member of Action Beat - an instrumental improvisational noise rock band originally from Bletchley, UK.  Action Beat started in 2004. Their main goal was to be a touring band, and since forming they have played over 700 shows in Europe and North America. The live band normally plays with 3 guitars, baritone, bass, and 2-3 drummers. They toured the East and Mid West States of the US for 23 consecutive dates in 2016, and completed the USA stretch by touring the West Coast in 2019. Don is also the founder of Fortissimo Records a label with it's roots in the early 00's DIY underground music scene in Milton Keynes. 

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4 Mar 2021

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S2E24 - Michael Stewart and Don McLean

Good Questions...with Cameron Dole

In this episode, I'll share a few thoughts on the decline in dieting for Americans, wearing socks to bed, and double masking...the wrong way. I also got to visit with podcaster Michael Stewart about his podcast "A Little Something Gay". The legendary Don McLean stops by to talk about the 50th anniversary of "American Pie" and the new version released by Home Free Vocal Band.--- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/camerondole/message


17 Feb 2021

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Don McLean serves up fifty years of American Pie (LiveStream audio)

Rock Talk With Mitch Lafon

Rock Talk With Mitch Lafon along with The Jeremy White Podcast present famed musician, Don McLean. (Recorded February 2021). Press release: This year marks the 50th anniversary release of the iconic song, American Pie. In celebration of this legendary song, Home Free and Don McLean teamed up for a special collaboration (released on January 29th 2021). This is also the first time Don has recorded the song since the original recording. An official music video was released on February 3rd - 'the day the music died' the day Buddy Holly, Ritchie Valens, and J. P. Richardson died tragically in an Iowa plane crash. We’re also excited to use this release and the platform to continue to draw awareness to the National Independent Venue Associations’s (NIVA) work in raising money for emergency grants for independent music venues and promoters so that 2021 does not become the year the stages died, too. We’ll be pushing Home Free fans to donate to NIVA and making sure they’re aware that just because The Save Our Stagesact passed, the work is not done. Help support the show. Please consider a donation: https://www.paypal.me/MitchLafonSee omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.


10 Feb 2021