Don McLean was born on October 2, 1945 in New Rochelle New York. By the age of 5 he had developed an interest in music and he surrounded himself with music any way that he could. Don had asthma as a kid and because of this he often missed a lot of school. Even though he began to fall behind in school he was encouraged to pursue music.
When Don McLean was a teenager he bought his first guitar and began taking voice lessons. In his voice lessons he learned to control his breathing and as he became a better singer he was also able to start to control his asthma.
Don continued to go to school, all the while working on becoming a better musician and performer. In 1969 he recorded his first album called "Tapestry". His career as a performer began to grow quickly and the name Don McLean was becoming well known. In 1971 he released his second album, "American Pie", with it's title song pushing him into stardom. The second song, "Vincent" reached #12 on the US charts in March of 1972. Don continued to make music and still writes and performs today.