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Don McLean - Legend of the 70s Folk Era
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17 April 2010

Don McLean - Legend of the 70s Folk EraKnown primarily for his gigantic smash hit American Pie, Don McLean is a legendary folksinger who got started with his music career in the 1960s. With musical idols like Buddy Holly, McLean crafted a style of music that no one had heard before. This singer-songwriter was born on October 2, 1945 and still produces music today at age 64.

Don McLean was a huge fan of lighthearted, folksy music from a very early age. Don picked up his first guitar when he was 16 years old and began to play songs for his family and friends. Don befriended other folk artists while still in high school and began to hone his talents before graduating.

After graduating from Iona Prep in 1963, Don entered into Villanova University for four months before deciding to drop out. While there, he met fellow singer-songwriter Jim Croce and began a tight friendship. McLean decided music was to be his life, and while earning a degree via night classes at Iona College, he was playing in many clubs around the area.

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