A lifetime achievement award has been offered — and rescinded — for “American Pie” singer Don McLean.
The 73-year-old announced Monday that he’s receiving the George and Ira Gershwin Award for Lifetime Musical Achievement, presented by the Student Alumni Association of University of California, Los Angeles. Past recipients included Julie Andrews, Ella Fitzgerald and Ray Charles.
But the Portland Press Herald reports that the award was rescinded after the association was told of a domestic disturbance involving Don and Patrisha McLean in 2016.
McLean pleaded guilty to domestic violence assault, which was dismissed after he met the terms of a plea agreement. The couple are now divorced.
His spokesman called it “disrespectful” for an award to be rescinded over failure to conduct due diligence on a widely reported incident.
‘Botanical Gardens’ is available for pre-order with the title track available for instant download with pre-order purchase. Click here to pre-order.
NEW YORK, N.Y. – Iconic American singer, songwriter and performer Don McLean is set to release his new album Botanical Gardens on March 23rd 2018 via BMG.
With over 40 gold and platinum records worldwide, his prowess for writing timeless songs is once again captured on Botanical Gardens, as he artfully weaves country, Americana, folk, and boot stomping rock for an eclectic, yet American sound that he is known for.
Botanical Gardens, his 19th studio album and first in 8 years, is arguably one of Don’s most reflective to date. As he characterizes it, “The inspiration for the project started years ago when I would walk in the beautiful gardens in Sydney, Australia near the Opera House. I would dream young dreams and it was a comfort and an inspiration. I was always young inside, like we all are, and I felt it again there.” Further reflecting on the record, Don says, “the whole album really revolves around the title song. Later on I realized that the gardens are really a metaphorical heaven, and there’s a kind of death and rebirth.”
Intimacy can be found at the heart of this record, with Don penning personal numbers looking back on a life well-lived, as well as his observations on youth and love. Recording at Watershed Studios in Nashville also allowed a different kind of intimacy for Don and his band, as they were made to “play close and feel the music”, resulting in a raw, yet tight sound throughout.
In nearly 50 years, Don’s songs have become an iconic staple of American music. His music has been performed by artists as diverse as Elvis Presley, Madonna, Fred Astaire, Drake, James Blake, Chet Atkins, Garth Brooks, Weird Al Yankovic, George Michael, Josh Groban, Coolio and Ed Sheeran.
His biggest hit, “American Pie,” was recently recognized with high honors by BMI for achieving five (5) Million-Air certified airplay awards, along with “Vincent (Starry, Starry Night)” achieving three (3) Million-Air certified airplay awards. “American Pie” also has been inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame, and is also included in the archive at the Library of Congress. Don McLean was inducted in the Songwriters Hall of Fame in 2004.
Official ‘Botanical Gardens’ track listing:
1. Botanical Gardens
2. The Lucky Guy
3. A Total Eclipse Of The Sun
4. The Waving Man
5. When July Comes
6. You’re All I Ever Had
7. Rock and Roll Your Baby
8. I’ve Cried All The Tears That I Have
9. Ain’t She A Honey
10. The King of Fools
11. Grief And Hope
12. You’ve Got Such Beautiful Eyes
13. Last Night When We Were Young
Don McLean U.S. Tour Dates:
Feb 03 Deadwood Mountain Grand Event Center - Deadwood, S.D.
Feb 16 Space Coast Daily Park - Viera, Fla.
Feb 17 The Big Barn - The Woodlands, Texas
Feb 23 Southwest Florida Event Center - Bonita Springs, Fla.
Mar 02 Mesa Arts Center Ikeda Theater - Mesa, Ariz.
Mar 03 Saban Theatre - Beverly Hills, Calif.
Mar 10 Cascade Theatre - Redding, Calif.
Mar 23 City Winery - New York, N.Y.
Apr 13 Greenwich Odeum - East Greenwich, R.I.
Apr 14 The Birchmere - Alexandria, Va.
May 12 Capitol Theatre - Clearwater, Fla.
Click here for Don’s entire tour calendar
For more information on Don McLean visit his website, Facebook, Twitter or Instagram.
About Don McLean:
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 “American Pie,” “Vincent (Starry, Starry Night),” “Castles in the Air” and many more. In 2004, McLean was inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame by country superstar Garth Brooks. “American Pie” has brought great happiness and hope to millions of people through the years and continues to be honored for its success. In 2000, the song was named one of the Top 5 Songs of the 20th Century by the RIAA and in 2002 was inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame. 2017 brought a huge honor when the iconic song was inducted into the Library of Congress’ National Recording Registry, joining less than 500 works including “Somewhere Over the Rainbow,” classical music compositions, infamous live broadcasts and similar recordings. McLean continues to tour both North America and abroad bringing a mix of his classic hits with an array of new works, some of which will be released in 2018.
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Don McLean has plead guilty to a number of charges related to his domestic violence incident in January.
McLean appeared in a Maine courtroom on Thursday and accepted a plea deal for misdemeanour counts of domestic violence assault, domestic violence criminal threatening, criminal mischief and criminal restraint. The deal removed a number of other charges that included terrorizing and obstruction.
McLean will pay $3,000 in court costs, is not allowed to have any contact with his ex-wife for the next twelve months and must have a mental health evaluation in the next sixty days. If he complies with the terms, all charges will be dropped.
McLean’s attorney, Walter McKee, says that the singer still is not admitting to what allegedly happened during the incident. “Don has been adamant since day one that he did not do what his now ex-wife said he did but, in the end, he decided it was better to just resolve the case now and be done with it by entering pleas with zero jail, zero probation, and only fines.”
Since January, McLean’s wife has been granted a divorce and has detailed a marriage where she stated there were regular outbursts of anger. McLean’s daughter, Jackie, has also written recently of a childhood where she and her brother were often confined to their home and where their father would grow mad about their growing up. (Bron: Noise11.com)