TSR15-05 Don McLean


Broadcast Schedule
1st Airing: 1/31/15
2nd Airing: 8/1/15

Don McLean

Michael Perry

McLean recorded his first album, Tapestry, in 1969 in Berkeley, California, during the student riots. After being rejected 72 times by labels, the album was released by Mediarts. It attracted good reviews but little notice outside the folk community.

McLean’s major break came when Mediarts was taken over by United Artists Records thus securing for his second album, American Pie.  American Pie’s success made McLean an international star and piqued interest in his first album, which charted more than two years after its initial release.  We are thrilled to have have him on our stage!

Program Notes

Backstage Monologue
In this episode’s monologue – delivered from the backstage dressing room with the one lonely little lightbulb burnin’ – Mike uses the past to move the present (firewood).