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Don MacLean
The New York Optimist
January 2009
Don McLean (born to Elizabeth and Donald on October 2, 1945 in New Rochelle, New
York) is an American singer-songwriter. He is most famous for his 1971 album
American Pie, containing the renowned songs American Pie and Vincent.

The McLean clan traces its roots to the Isle of Mull in the Scottish Hebrides. Both Don’
s grandfather and father were named Donald McLean which sometimes led to
confusion as Don was also christened Donald McLean. Don’s mother’s family, the
Buccis, came from Abruzzi in southern Italy. They left Italy and settled in Port Chester,
N.Y. at the end of the 19th century