“Bye Bye Miss American Pie…” you know that song. That’s right, legendary songwriter Don McLean is our guest this week on Art of the Song! Don is a Grammy award honoree, a Songwriter Hall of Fame member, a BBC Lifetime Achievement award recipient, and “American Pie” was named by the Recording Industry of America a top 5 song of the 20th Century. His songs have been recorded by Madonna, Garth Brooks, Josh Groban, Drake, Weird “Al” Yankovic, and countless others.
A New York native, Don McLean is one of the most revered and respected songwriters in American history. After paying his dues in the New York club scene in the late ‘60s, he went on to score mega-hits like “Vincent (Starry, Starry Night),” “Castles in the Air” and many more. We spoke with Don about his album of cover tunes called Still Playin’ Favorites.
In the second half of the show for the Creativity Corner, author, songwriter and business coach, Cliff Goldmacher offers the first in a series entitled The Reason for the Rhymes.
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(Photo: Courtesy of the artist)