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Saturday, 2 October 2010

Starry, Starry Night… Happy Birthday, Don McLean!

many kids today think it was madonna who wrote ‘american pie’ – a real shame concerning the amazing original by don mclean, who celebrates his 65th birthday today.
new rochelle, new york folk singer-songwriter mclean wrote his most famous song in 1971, singing about the plane crash that killed buddy holly, big bopper and ritchie valens, and it became an immortal evergreen in music history.
his other big success was his 1972 ballad about the dutch painter vincent van gogh (1853-1890), simply titled ‘vincent’, but mainly remembered by the first line: “starry, starry night…”. the song isnt only deeply poetic, sophisitcated and wonderfully clearly sung, its sheer beauty still gives me goosebumps everytime i listen to it. it is one of the twenty songs that id take with me on a deserted island, it really means a lot to me. best listened to in a dark room only lit by candles – but its also great without special ambience.
for those who dont know this song yet, and those who love it as much as i do and want another listen, heres don mclean singing it live in 1972 for ‘sounds for saturday’:

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