Legendary musician Don McLean joins Dr. Stephen Swisher on our WLMB TV broadcast, on Sunday, May 29. Don McLean is known worldwide for his hit songs such as "American Pie," "Vincent (Starry, Starry, Night)," "Castles in the Air," and "Tapestry."
The Don McLean Foundation sends students, who cannot otherwise afford it, to college and contributes to homeless shelters and food banks across the state of Maine where he lives.
"American Pie" was selected as one of the 5 greatest songs of the 20th Century in a poll by the National Endowment for the Arts and the Recording Association of America. This iconic song was inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame in 2003. Mr. McLean was inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame the following year.
Artists as diverse as Elvis Presley, Perry Como, Chet Atkins, Madonna, Fred Astaire, Josh Groban, Coolio and Ed Shearan have all recorded Don’s songs. Mr. McLean was the first artist to perform at the Sydney Opera House in Sydney, Australia, was the guest artist at the Boston Pops Fourth of July celebration in 2000 and was introduced by Garth Brooks as “my idol” to over 1 million New Yorkers at the 1997 Concert in Central Park. Mr. Brooks and Mr. McClean performed American Pie together at that time. Don performed at the Clinton White House at an event produced by Quincy Jones honoring people who had significantly influenced the 20th Century. Mr. McLean won the folk-singing contest at the 1964 World’s Fair in New York and graduated from Iona College in 1968. In 2001 he received an Honorary Doctorate from his alma mater. Don McLean was the first singer to have No. 1 Singles in two separate centuries.
Mr. McLean joins Dr. Swisher for a special broadcast airing on May 29 at 8:30pm on WLMB TV 40 (local channel 6).