The multitalented singer-songwriter is a diehard western fan — and an admirer of Taylor Swift.
Since Feb. 3 marks the 50th anniversary of “The Day The Music Died” — when iconic rock ‘n’ roller Buddy Holly perished in a plane crash — we thought it would be a great idea to talk with singer-songwriter Don McLean about “American Pie,” his popular ode to Holly, the exuberance of youth, and the pop culture of yesteryear. And while we were at it, we wanted to discuss a different landmark: McLean’s current concert tour celebrating the 50th anniversary of his multiplatinum smash hit.
As it turned out, McLean was every bit as eager to talk about his love of westerns — and his lifelong regard for William Boyd, the Ohio-born actor best known for playing the western movie hero Hopalong Cassidy. But wait, there’s more: He also had some admiring words for Taylor Swift, whose “All Too Well” recently broke the decades-long record of “American Pie” for the longest song to take the top spot on the Billboard Hot 100 chart.
We had a great time during our freewheeling conversation. Hope you do, too.