Jackie McLean and Shawn Strack

Update: Jackie and Shawn are expecting their first child in March 2014

Don’s daughter, Jackie, married Shawn Strack on June 30th 2013 in Camden, ME. Full coverage in the New York Times:



Don told us recently that “my daughter has just written a novel and she’s also written a play and she’s a wonderful singer and she’s got a very nice fiancé that we like very much. He’s a teacher and my daughter is doing substitute teaching and she’s very happy, she’s got a wonderful little dog. And so we’re very happy for her and she’s happy and we take it one day at a time and we’ll see what happens but we like her fiancé a lot and we’re going to have her wedding here, June 30th . There are so many partners that she could have chosen which I wouldn’t have liked because it’s very easy for that to happen and she chose somebody I like quite a bit. He’s very sincere and hard working with a good job.”

Harry Belafonte and Don McLean

Here is a clip from the 1986 American Music Awards which sees Belafonte presented with an award for his contribution to the “USA for Africa” project which had led to the inspirational “We are the World” charity record. In his acceptance speech Belafonte recognizes the part played by Don McLean and Harry Chapin in initiating the project after the three had discussed the plight of Africa backstage at a benefit concert in Newberg, NY.

Don McLean on BBC 1

Don McLean appeared on the Andrew Marr show this morning. This is primarily a politics show and Don’s support was David Cameron, who on Friday may become Britain’s new Prime Minister. His interview featured on the front page of the BBC news website: http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/entertainment/8656973.stm

During the show Don also sang Vincent, watched by fellow guest David Cameron:

UK Media Appearances – April 2010

Don McLean will be appearing on prime time UK television in April (probably the 16th) on The One Show on BBC 1. The same day he will record an interview and two songs for Simon Mayo’s Drivetime show (BBC radio 2 5-7pm) to air in early May. Producers would like Don to sing Mountains of Mourne.

During the week of release of “Addicted to Black”, the Mark Goodier Morning Show (on Smooth Radio Network) will play an interview and music segment on each day.

He will record interviews for:

Johnnie Walker – Sounds of the Seventies on BBc radio 2

BBC Scotland

BBC Merseyside

BBC in the South

BBC in the East

BBC radio Northern Ireland – Gerry Kelly Show

On April 17th Don will appear live on BBC Radio 4 Loose Ends programme. He will perform a song solo.

On Sunday April 18th Don will appear live on BBC Radio 2 Weekend Wogan – performing two songs – a classic and one from the new album. There is usually streaming video available after the show on their website.

Schedule subject to change and expansion