Don McLean @ Glastonbury Festival

Festival of Contemporary Performing Arts at Worthy Farm, Pilton, Somerset, UK. 26 June 2011.

On Stage at Glastonbury

On Stage at Glastonbury

Summer returned with the warmest day of the year and Don McLean taking the main stage at Glastonbury for a one-hour set:

Medley – Well Alright, Peggy Sue Got Married
La La Love You
Love in my Heart
Homeless Brother
Have You Seen Me
Tulsa Time/Deep in the Heart of Texas
American Pie
I Gotta Know
Sea Man

Don McLean Live at Glastonbury on the BBC

The Pyramid Stage crowd area was full with approximately 100,000 Glastonbury fans joining Don singing American Pie, but they loved the whole set with Love in my Heart and Crying also getting a huge response.

View from the Pyramid Stage

View from the Pyramid Stage

BBC recorded the whole show

BBC recorded the whole show

Don finishes with "Sea Man"

Don final song, “Sea Man”


Don to headline major UK festival

Don McLean is the headline act at the Trowbridge Festival in Wiltshire, England on Sunday July 27th 2008.

The 35th Trowbridge Village Pump Festival takes place at Stowford Manor Farm in Wiltshire, one of the most picturesque settings in the country for an event of this type.

The festival features internationally known acts from the world of Folk/Roots music.

All events take place in marquees and the compact site includes three separate stages plus children’s tent, three beer tents and a myriad of trade stalls selling food and items from all over the world. This year there will be a General Store and ATM cash machine. Free camping and free car parking are all on site close at hand.

Trowbridge has a reputation as one of the best organised festivals in the country, with a unique atmosphere which is very special, drawing people back year after year.

Full details and tickets available from:

And here is video of Don playing at the Mariposa Festival last year:

Don McLean’s Crying

Throughout the 1970s Don McLean maintained a large and loyal Dutch and UK fan base. His frequent concert tours to both countries were always sold out meaning it was no surprise when Don returned to number 1 in 1980 with his recording of Roy Orbison and Joe Melson’s classic song “Crying”, first in Holland and then Britain.

In the late 80s, Roy Orbison join forces with Canadian singer KD Lang to re-record Crying in the style of Don McLean’s version. This prompted some radio disc jockeys to introduce Orbison and Lang as singing “the Don McLean classic, Crying”. Such a comment would not be approved of by Don as he was always good friends with Roy Orbison.


The song become a hit for Don in the USA in 1981 and renewed attention on his other music. A “Very Best of” compilation reached number 3 in the UK charts and the album that Crying was recorded for, Chain Lightning, reached the UK top-20.

Video clip from the DVD “The Legendary Don McLean”


Don McLean Interview – BBC Radio 1 1991

October 1991 was an exciting time for all UK fans of Don McLean as he had just released American Pie as a CD single (also containing Vincent and Castles in the Air). At the time this interview was broadcast the single was at No 45 in the charts; it soon climbed to the top-10 with Don subsequently appearing live on ‘Top of the Pops’ and included here is video of that appearance.

Our extracts start with Don McLean commenting on version 2 of ‘Castles in the Air’ that introduced the show followed by the first of several observations on ‘American Pie’

We hear the end of Don singing part of Pie Live. [Other Copyright restrictions (other than those attributed to the BBC) prevent me broadcasting entire songs!] We now hear more about American Pie including Don’s account of the first time he sang the song for the public.

Yet more on American Pie including Don explaining one part of the songs meaning. He then moves on to talk a little about his position within country music.

This extract starts with a pause following Don singing ‘1967’ live and then comment on the ‘new’ album, ‘Headroom’ and his enthusiasm for recording cover versions.

A burst of Fred Astaire singing ‘Wonderful Baby’.

We hear the end of Killing Us Softly followed by Don talking about his links with Roberta Flack and how he wished (wishes) she would record ‘And I Love You So’……..

The final extract talks a little about the success of ‘And I Love You So’. Don also discusses his meeting with Fred Astaire when they stayed together at Claridges in London. The show ended with the classic ‘Everyday’ sung Live

In 1991, Don McLean found himself back in the UK top-10 with the re-released ”American Pie” single. He appeared on ”Top of the Pops” with the Jamie Marshall band and gave one of the greatest ever performances of ”American Pie” .