Since his first chart-topping album in 1971, Don McLean has accrued over 40 gold and platinum records worldwide and in 2004 he was inducted into the Songwriters’ Hall of Fame. His songs have been recorded by many superstar artists, most notably Madonna’s “American Pie” in 2000 and George Michael’s “The Grave” in 2003. Additionally, in 2007, Don McClean shared his story with us in the Alan Howard biography, “The Don McLean Story: Killing Us Softly With His Songs.”
“I was always just into my music and maybe into trying to save the world a little bit,” McLean explained. “I never really thought I’d have a hit record or anything like that. I was prepared to travel all over the country, kind of like Johnny Appleseed, and sing.”
And that’s precisely what McLean has done, albeit with a little more cred to his name than he imagined. In fact, he’ll be making a stop at the Kravis Center’s Alexander W. Dreyfoos, Jr. Concert Hall on November 9 – and he won’t be coming alone.
Judy Collins, well-known for her cover of Joni Mitchell’s “Both Sides, Now”, which landed on the Top 10 Pop Singles Chart and won her a Grammy Award for Best Folk Performance, will join Don on stage. Collins has been performing for over 50 years, since first starting at the age of 13 as a piano prodigy; she continues to write and perform vigorously while still remaining active in some of her favorite social causes.
The dynamic duo will perform for just one night before moving on to their next tour stops. Be sure to visit www.kravis.org to pick up tickets for their November 9 show at 8 p.m. – tickets are just $25.