Don McLean Lifetime Achievement Award



Don McLean was presented with his BBC lifetime achievement award on February 8th in a show broadcast live on British TV and worldwide via BBC radio. Don performed two songs – “And I Love You So” and “Homeless Brother” – which drew a major reaction and for a while Don was ‘trending’ on Twitter!

Don said: “The UK audience has been among the most loyal for over 40 years and without them certainly I wouldn’t be considered for this honour, so I thank the BBC and I thank the British public.”

Earlier in the evening Don was interviewed and performed live versions of Castles in the Air and Everyday on the Simon Mayo Drivetime show on radio 2.



Don McLean elected to National Academy of Popular Music Songwriters’ Hall of Fame

“Game Over, I Win.” After 40 years in the business. Don McLean’s reaction to being elected to the Songwriters’ Hall of Fame.

Famed for his perennial 1971 #1 classic “American Pie,” an elegiac eigindex_1ht-and-a-half minute folk-pop epic inspired by the tragic death of Buddy Holly, singer/songwriter Don McLean rose to fame through the folks clubs of New York City during the 60’s. His follow-up to “American Pie,” “Vincent’” was also a smash success, and McLean even became the subject of the Roberta Flack hit “Killing Me Softly With His Song;” however, to his credit, he refused to let the success of “American Pie” straitjacket his career. McLean enjoyed a renaissance with the 1980’s “Chain Lightning,” a Top 30 album, which spawned a Top Ten smash with its cover of Roy Orbison’s classic, “Crying,” and his original “Castles In The Air,” reaching the Top 40.

“Don McLean his work, like the man himself is very deep and very compassionate. His pop anthem American Pie is a cultural phenomenon, and people are still trying to decode it index_2after 35 years! He wrote other great songs like, And I Love You So, If We Try, Wonderful Baby, Winterwood, and my personal favorite Empty Chairs, which just kills me as a fan and a songwriter.” Garth Brooks’ tribute as Don McLean is inaugurated into the National Academy of Popular Music Songwriters’ Hall of Fame, June 10th 2004.

Other inductees in 2004 were: Charles Fox, Al Green, Daryl Hall & John Oates, Barrett Strong & Norman Witfield.

Don has been elected for induction into the Songwriters Hall of Fame

Don has been elected for induction into the Songwriters Hall of Fame. The ceremony will take place on June 10th, 2004 in New York City. Among the other 2004 honorees is David Bowie. This is major (and long overdue) honour. Many, many congratulations to Don.

American Pie Grammy Hall of Fame

February 2002 saw yet another honour conferred o­n Don McLean as his song ‘American Pie’ was finally inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame. The complete list of new entries is as follows:

“Ain’t It a Shame,” Fats Domino
“Alice’s Restaurant,” Arlo Guthrie
“American Pie,” Don McLean
“The Battle of New Orleans,” Johnny Horton
“Billie’s Bounce,” Charlie Parker
Blood, Sweat and Tears, Blood Sweat and Tears
“Born to Be Wild,” Steppenwolf
“Crying,” Roy Orbison
“Do You Believe in Magic,” Loving Spoonful
“Don’t Be Cruel,” Elvis Presley
The Doors, Doors
“Duke of Earl,” Gene Chandler
“Eleanor Rigby,” Beatles
“(Get Your Kicks o­n) Route 66,” King Cole Trio
“Goodnight Irene,” Leadbelly
“The Great Pretender,” Platters
Hello, Dolly!, Original Cast Recording
Highway 61 Revisited, Bob Dylan
Horowitz at Carnegie Hall, Vladimir Horowitz
“How High the Moon,” Ella Fitzgerald
“Jambalaya (On the Bayou),” Hank Williams
“Lucille,” Little Richard
Mahler: The Complete Symphonies, London Philharmonic
“Me and Bobby McGee,” Janis Joplin
“Mercy Mercy Me (The Ecology),” Marvin Gaye
Midnight Special, Leadbelly
“Misty,” Johnny Mathis
“Mr. Sandman,” Chordettes
“Mr. Tambourine Man,” Bob Dylan
“Oye Como Va,” Tito Puente
Piano Concerto No. 1: Tchaikovsky, Van Cliburn
Pinocchio, Motion Picture Soundtrack
Porgy and Bess, Original Cast Recording
Red Headed Stranger, Willie Nelson
“Respect Yourself,” Staple Singers
“Runaround Sue,” Dion
“Runaway,” Del Shannon
“Shotgun,” Jr. Walker and the All-Stars
“Sincerely,” Moonglows
“Society’s Child,” Janis Ian
Songs in the Key of Life, Stevie Wonder
“Sonny Boy,” Al Jolson
“Spanish Harlem,” Ben E. King
Sweet Baby James, James Taylor
“Swinging o­n a Star,” Bing Crosby
“Tears of a Clown,” Smokey Robinson and the Miracles
“Tumbling Tumbleweeds,” Sons of the Pioneers
Vivaldi: The Four Seasons, Louis Kaufman
“Walking the Dog,” Rufus Thomas
“What Kind of Fool Am I?,” Sammy Davis Jr.
“When You Wish Upon a Star,” Cliff Edwards
“Where Have All the Flowers Gone,” Pete Seeger
“Woodchopper’s Ball,” Woody Herman
“You Are the Sunshine of My Life,” Stevie Wonder
“You’ve Got a Friend,” Carol King

The list includes songs such as ‘Crying’ by Roy Orbision and Carole King’s version of ‘You’ve got a friend’ (entering a year after the James Taylor classic version). Perhaps there is hope therefore that Don McLean’s ‘Crying’ and even Madonna’s ‘American Pie’ will enter the Hall of Fame in coming years. More realistically, however, there is a good chance that ‘Vincent’ and ‘And I Love You So’ will join ‘American Pie’ before too long.