Happy birthday, Don McLean

Born in New Rochelle, N.Y., on October 2, 1945, Don McLean developed a love for folk music as a teen and bought his first guitar at the age of 16.

In 1971, he released “American Pie,” his magnum opus, a quasi-autobiographical tale of McLean’s life from the mid-1950’s to the late-1960’s, including Feb. 3, 1959: “The day the music died” when Buddy Holly, Ritchie Valens and The Big Bopper died in a plane crash near Storm Lake, Iowa.

At 8:36, “American Pie” is the longest song to reach #1 on the Billboard Hot 100.


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