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Don McLean Remembers “Bad News on the Doorstep.”

Posted By Bill Newcott On October 5, 2012 @ 10:47 am In Entertainment | Comments Disabled

McLean's new DVD and CD Set [1]

McLean’s new DVD and CD Set

When you think about it, it was a little strange that a fresh-faced kid like Don McLean made his name singing the 20th Century’s ultimate nostalgia piece, “American Pie.” [2] Barely 26 when the record became a smash, he was an unlikely conduit for such an outpouring of yearning for the past.

Don Mclean's "American Pie" Song album [3]

But McLean is an old soul, and he always has been. He grew up listening to Big Band music; he worshipped the great Blues artists; he idolized the raw-rock-and-roller Buddy Holly. By the time 1970 rolled around, the young man with a guitar may well have felt like the glory days of American Music were past.

McLean was wrapping up a nationwide tour when he dropped by to chat with me the other day-he’s also promoting the DVD of a wonderful PBS documentary, Don McLean: American Troubadour, and the accompanying two-disc CD set.

You can click here to hear the two-minute Movies for Grownups radio show culled from our interview. [4]

Or better yet, click below to watch a video of our whole conversation:

PART ONE: Recollections of his early days as a wandering musician in the Hudson River Valley… [5]

PART TWO: How he felt when his idol Elvis Presley recorded his song, And I Love You So…and the story of that fateful day when, as a paper boy, he discovered “bad news on the doorstep”-ultimately the inspiration for “American Pie”… [6]

PART THREE: Why his first album, Fantasy, remains his favorite…how American Pie changed his life…and what Don McLean of today would say to that young fellow with a star and stripes painted on his thumb. [7]

 

Don McLean's Tapestry cover autographed [8]

My Autographed Copy of “Tapesty”


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[2] ultimate nostalgia piece, “American Pie.”: http://www.aarp.org/entertainment/music/info-07-2012/don-mclean-american-pie-slideshow.html#slide1

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[4] You can click here to hear the two-minute Movies for Grownups radio show culled from our interview.: http://moviesforgrownups.podbean.com/2012/09/25/don-mclean-songs-of-an-american-troubador/

[5] PART ONE: Recollections of his early days as a wandering musician in the Hudson River Valley…: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bpAokO6dKBU&feature=youtu.be

[6] PART TWO: How he felt when his idol Elvis Presley recorded his song, And I Love You So…and the story of that fateful day when, as a paper boy, he discovered “bad news on the doorstep”-ultimately the inspiration for “American Pie”…: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mBLDOTsgU14

[7] PART THREE: Why his first album, Fantasy, remains his favorite…how American Pie changed his life…and what Don McLean of today would say to that young fellow with a star and stripes painted on his thumb.: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n3Y_OsEFGr8

[8] Image: http://aarpblog.files.wordpress.com/2012/10/tapestry-cover-autographed.jpg

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