Don McLean


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The man who wrote the song about the day the music died!

Don McLean is an American singer-songwriter, most famous for his 1971 hit songs American Pie and Vincent.

McLean’s career as a recording artist started only two years prior to American Pie. With the album Tapestry, Don McLean entered the folk scene where he made friends with Pete Seeger and joined the circuit.

When McLean’s indie label Media Arts got sold to United Artists, he got an unexpected chance to make his second album for a major label.

McLean delivered American Pie and became world-famous almost overnight.

Also worth mentioning is how Don wasn’t afraid to sing covers, Sam Cooke‘s Wonderful World is a good example.


Don McLean | Tunes


American Pie

| G D/F# Em | Am C | Em D Dsus4 | 2/4 Dsus2 D |
A long long time ago, I can still remember how that music used to make me smile.
G D/F# Em | Am C | Em C | D Dsus4 D Dsus2 |
And I knew if I had my chance, that I could make those people dance, and maybe they’d be happy for a while.

Go to American Pie chords.


Wonderful World

B | G#m |
Don’t know much about history,
E | F# |
don’t know much biology.

Go to Wonderful World chords.