Singer Don McLean

Celebrities, Celebrity Q&A, People
on July 18, 2004

What is singer Don McLean doing these days?

—Mark F., California

“I am working on a box set, a Christmas compilation called Christmastime and an album of new material to be released late this year,” the New Rochelle, N.Y., native says. “I do about 50 concert dates a year. This year, I will visit Hong Kong, Ireland and Australia, in addition to my American concert dates.” In June, McClean, 59, who penned and sang the 1971 hit American Pie, was inducted into the Songwriter’s Hall of Fame. “When I’m not working, I have a 175-acre property with horses which I maintain,” he says. “I am a Western horseman and have been for almost 25 years.” He spends most of the year in Maine with his wife, well-known children’s photographer Patricia, and their two children, Jackie Lee, 14, and Wyatt, 11.