Don McLean is famous for his 1971 album American Pie, containing the socially relevant songs "American Pie" and "Vincent".
Pie - Written & Popularized by: Don McLean
A long, long, time ago, I can still remember how that music used to make me smile.
And I knew if I had my chance, that I could make those people dance, and maybe, they'd be happy, for awhile.
Starry, starry night.
Paint your palette blue and grey,
Look out on a summer's day,
With eyes that know the darkness in my soul. Shadows on the hills, Sketch the trees and the daffodils, Catch the breeze and the winter chills, In colors on the snowy linen land.
McLean took his life.
You took your life, as lovers often do. But I could have told you, Vincent, This world was never meant for one As beautiful as you.
McLean said, "The last album (Don McLean) was a study in depression whereas the new one (Playin' Favorites) is almost the quintessence of optimism."