From Don McLean’s “Christmastime!” CD.
5,000 people parading through the streets of Michigan’s second largest city, Grand Rapids, lip synching to Don McLean’s “American Pie.”
This version of “American Pie” is from Don McLean’s 1976 album called “Solo”, still widely available.
This lovely new Don McLean songbook is due to be published in September.
A comprehensive album of Don McLean’s best songs will be released in North America on March 25 2003. Called the legendary songs of Don McLean, this package will be on the EMI label and will receive extensive television advertising. Sure to be a hit!
Track listing as follows:
Words & Music
Since I Don’t Have You
Castles in the Air
If I Only Had a Match
Your cheating heart
And I LoveYou So
If We Try
Have You Seen Me
Sit and hold my Hand (previously unreleased)
Don McLean provided a detailed account of his guitar setup thanks to questions posed by Ron Buck.
SPECIAL EDITION: D-40DM DON McLEAN SIGNATURE EDITION
71 Instruments To Commemorate The Year That “American Pie” was released.
Don McLean has been a loyal player of Martin guitars throughout his career with more than 14 Martin guitars in his collection. When discussing the edition, McLean said that given a choice between a Grammy and the honor of being chosen for a Martin Limited Edition Signature model, he’d “take the Martin any day.”
The D-40DM is a 14-fret Dreadnought with a solid Engelmann spruce top, the soundhole of which is inlaid with a highly colorful abalone pearl rosette. In order to yield optimum tone, the top braces have been carefully scalloped and shifted forward to a position 1″ from the soundhole. The pickguard is tortoise color with beveled and polished edges to replicate the appearance of Martin’s vintage under-the-finish guards. The top is tinted with aging toner, then lacquered and polished to a high gloss finish.
Apart from its powerful and resonant tone, the most unique aspects of the Don McLean Signature Model guitar are the delicate and innovative abalone pearl inlays. The genuine ebony fingerboard is inlaid with Martin’s standard large hexagon pattern, but upon closer inspection, each of the hexagons has been routed with lettering, filled with crimson, and coated with a durable clear acrylic to reflect (literally) the images of the song, which include “King” (on the 1st fret), “Queen” (3rd fret), “Jester” (5th fret), “Father” (7th fret), “Son” (9th fret), “Holy Ghost” (12th fret), “Jack Flash” (15th fret) and “American Pie” (17th fret). Don McLean’s signature will be inlaid between the 19th and 20th frets. The genuine ebony headplate is bound in white and inlaid with the C. F. Martin & Co. decal logo in Mother Of Pearl which sits atop a slightly modified version of the traditional Martin “torch” inlay pattern. The tuning machines are gold C. F. Martin/Schaller’s with pearloid buttons. The sides and back are bookmatched from selected East Indian rosewood. The body is bound in white and the back is separated with a Style 45 multi- colored mosaic inlay strip. The neck, with a standard playing width of 1 11/16″ at the nut, is crafted of solid genuine mahogany with Martin’s traditional carved diamond volute.
The interior label of each instrument includes Don McLean’s hand colored “thumbs up” logo. Each label will be personally signed by Don McLean and C.F. Martin, IV, and each instrument will be individually numbered in sequence with the edition total (i.e. #1 of 71, #2 of 71, etc.). A portion of the proceeds from the sale of each D-40DM will be donated to the charity initiated by Don McLean himself, The Don McLean Foundation. As with all Martin guitars, the construction process takes both time and expertise. Martin Guitar dealers will begin to take orders for the D-40DM Don McLean Limited Edition Model immediately, though due to heavy demand for Martin instruments, this edition will not appear in stores until the early months in 1999. The Martin Guitar
Company dates back to the 1830s when Christian Frederick Martin, Sr. moved to the United States from Europe. The guitar shop he set up over 160 years ago has been continuously family owned and operated. Current Chairman and CEO Chris Martin, IV is the sixth generation Martin to head this venerable company.
THE MARTIN GUITAR COMPANY
D-40DM DON McLEAN SIGNATURE EDITION
MODEL #: D-40DM Don McLean Limited Edition Signature Model
BODY SIZE: Dreadnought 14-fret
TOP: Solid Engelmann Spruce
ROSETTE: Highly Colorful Abalone Pearl
TOP BRACING PATTERN: Scalloped Forward Shifted 5/16″ X-Bracing
BACK: Two Piece East Indian Rosewood
BACK PURFLING: Style 45 Multi-Colored Mosaic Back Inlay Strip
BLOCK TO READ: (Laser Decal Logo)
SIDES: East Indian Rosewood
END PIECE: White Boltaron® with Black/White Inlay
BINDING: White Boltaron® Top Binding Like J-40
Style 35 Side & Back Inlays
NECK: Solid Genuine Mahogany with Old Style Elongated Diamond
NECK SHAPE: Low Profile with Adjustable Rod
HEADSTOCK: Solid Square Tapered w/ Decal Logo Inlaid In Mother Of Pearl
Modified Torch Inlay Nested In Below Decal (Without “Est.
HEADPLATE: Genuine Ebony
Bound In White Boltaron® with Style 40 Black/White Inlay
HEELCAP: White Boltaron® with Black /White Inlays To Match Side Inlays
FINGERBOARD: Genuine Ebony
SCALE LENGTH: 25.4″
# OF FRETS CLEAR: 14
# OF FRETS TOTAL: 20
FINGERBOARD WIDTH AT NUT: 1 11/16″
FINGERBOARD WIDTH AT 12th FRET: 2 1/8”
FINGERBOARD POSITION INLAYS: Large Abalone Pearl Hexagons
with Special “American Pie” Routing Filled with Crimson Epoxy as
12th Holy Ghost
15th Jack Flash
17th American Pie
19th/20th Don McLean Signature Inlaid In Pearl
Standard Style 40 Side Position Dots (Like J-40)
FINGERBOARD BINDING: White Boltaron® with Style 40 Black White Inlay
FINISH BODY: Polished Gloss
FINISH TOP: Polished Gloss with Aging Toner on Top
FINISH NECK: Satin Finish on Neck (Dark Filler), Polished Headplate
BRIDGE: Genuine Ebony
BRIDGE STYLE: Belly
BRIDGE SPACING: 2 1/8″
SADDLE: Micarta Compensated Saddle
TUNING MACHINES: M-6G Gold Enclosed Schallers w/ Pearloid Buttons
STRINGS: Martin SP-3200 Medium Gauge Bronze Wound
BRIDGE & END PINS: White w/ Abalone Pearl Dots
PICKGUARD: Tortoise Color, Polished & Beveled
CASE: #500 Series Tweed Dreadnought Hardshell Case
INTERIOR LABEL: To Include Hand Colored “Thumbs Up” Logo
Personally Signed By Don McLean and C. F. Martin IV
Individually Numbered In Sequence, i.e. #1 of 71, #2 of 71, etc.
EDITION SIZE: 71 Instruments To Commemorate The Year That “American
Pie” was released
In 2000, Madonna unexpectedly recorded ‘American Pie’. On release in the UK it entered the official singles chart at number 1 and in the US made the top-30 on airplay points alone. This prompted EMI to release a new “Best of Don McLean” CD that gave Don his first top-30 chart album hit in 20 years. At one point in March 2000 Don had two albums on the charts: this new compilation and the original American Pie album.
Don McLean was delighted with Madonna’s version. He issued the following statement that became widely quoted in the worldwide media:
“Madonna is a colossus in the music industry and she is going to be considered an important historical figure as well. She is a fine singer, a fine songwriter and record producer, and she has the power to guarantee success with any song she chooses to record. It is a gift for her to have recorded ‘American Pie.’ I have heard her version and I think it is sensual and mystical. I also feel that she’s chosen autobiographical verses that reflect her career and personal history. I hope it will cause people to ask what’s happening to music in America. I have received many gifts from God but this is the first time I have ever received a gift from a goddess.”
Don McLean, 2000.