Don McLean visited The Birchmere on a recent Friday night, and the singer-songwriter best known for his 1971 hit, “American Pie,” gave a masters class on storyteller musical performance.
On Feb. 3, 1959, tragedy struck at the heart of American music. A chartered aircraft crashed in Mason City, Iowa just minutes after takeoff, claiming the lives of Buddy Holly, Ritchie Valens, JP Richardson – “The Big Bopper” – and the pilot, Roger Peterson.
That fateful day inspired singer-songwriter Don McLean to write the song “American Pie,” capturing a loss of innocence, in 1971. The tireless Mr. McLean brings his best-known song and the rest of his catalog to The Birchmere on Friday, April 5.