Well-known for his super hit songs ‘American Pie’ and ‘I Love You So’, Don McLean ruled the folk-rock music during his time. Today, he is old and so is his voice, so he has kept himself off the music world but over his long career, he touched the topmost height of success. Read on to find out more about him, his career, and his net worth in 2019.
The American musician and songwriter, Don Mclean was born as Donald McLean III. His father and grandfather also had the same name. He has the ancestry roots in Scotland. However, before his birth, his family was already settled in America. He was born on October 2, 1945, in New Rochelle, New York. There is not much information about his family background.
As a child, Don suffered from Asthma which critically affected his studies in school. He had interest in music since his childhood and he didn’t let it get affected. In fact, his father also wanted him to be a musician.
When he was 15 years old, his father died but Don kept on trying to fulfil his father’s dream. First, he attended Lona Preparatory School and then enrolled at Villanova University. Within few months, he left it due to his busy schedules. Then, he joined night school at Lona College and graduated with a degree in business administration.
Speaking of his personal life, Don didn’t really have a smooth love life. He first married Carol Sauvion in 1969. They remained together for next 7 years before separating in 1976. Then, he married Patrisha McLean in 1987. Unfortunately, their marriage ended on a bad note in 2016. The reason for the divorce was the domestic violence. Don was even arrested for this. The couple had two children together.
As stated above, Don McLean was interested in music since his childhood he learned the guitar in the childhood only. Initially, he performed the folk music in local events for 4-5 years. Then, he started approaching the famous musicians and teamed up with the professional singers. He performed with Pete Seeger in an event which really helped him to kick the first hit. By the time, he had started writing the songs which he put together in his first album ‘Tapestry’ and released in 1969. Though the album was not very successful, it got the positive reviews.
Don received the biggest breakthrough of his career in 1971 when he released his second album ‘American Pie’. This album bagged him an international fame and he went on achieving a huge success. Most of the songs from this album became popular among the audience. Not only this, the song ‘American Pie’ became the longest ever song to top the Billboard chart. After the ground-breaking success of American Pie, he wrote and sang many songs but none of them could achieve this much success. Over his entire career, he released nearly 20 albums.
Awards & achievements
Though he had a successful music career, he couldn’t win any major awards and honors except for the ‘Grammy Hall of Fame’ where he was inducted in 2002. In 2004, he was also inducted into the ‘Songwriters Hall of Fame’.
Net worth of Don McLean
Presently, Don McLean is 72 years old. Means, he must have been inactive for a long period of time. Still, at present, Don McLean boasts an impressive net worth of $7.5 million. Over his career, he has mainly earned the money through the songwriting and singing. He has also done many music tours which helped him to amass this much net worth. His net worth is likely to slip down in future as he is no more active in music.
Though Don has issues in his personal life, he never let his professional life get affected. He regularly released the albums and they gained the success too.