Celebrating one of America's greatest singer/songwriters
Don Mclean discusses his new CD/DVD 'American Troubadour.
- Duration 7:20
- Date Sep 10, 2012
Don Mclean discusses his new CD/DVD 'American Troubadour.
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On now all we're gonna take a look at one of America's greatest singer songwriter is.
And that person is actually with me today singer songwriter Don McLean tomorrow releasing a very special collection at that summarizes your forty year.
Plus can you believe that it's over forty years because I don't listening to -- music since I was -- kid.
And and one of Europe who -- one of your famous best known hits including American pie Vincent crying and I love you so which I understand you're gonna be forgiven -- for us today.
-- the DD it's coming out tomorrow yet tell us about it.
Tonight -- -- -- feature film.
About my life and songs and career.
And in the movie Elvis sings in the movie itself and that's when my.
Listen Fred Astaire doing wonderful baby and now.
People doing different songs.
But it's amazing because the first moment I came on the scene I was so fortunate there was a fellow.
Want to do a documentary movie about -- this in 1969.
He like my music and it was for some Swedish television so it goes all the way back to 69.
And then photographs no way back -- -- show I was born right from the very beginning and the songs all kind of connect.
To where -- was in my life and so I went along these last forty actually 44 years and so what.
Have these past 44 years been like I -- I think you know it's it's incredible when you need an artists such as yourself the amount of work.
The amount of travel and the amount of sacrifice that goes into a lifelong career and this is these are lifelong career free.
Well you know the thing about it is it starts -- -- fun.
And then you know you go this way and all the people you go that way really and then they what do you mean by how well you hear nonpartisan -- music.
Takes off you're not part of a group of people you grew up with anymore yeah you go over here they go on there they go on -- sort of a similar road.
The family the country clubs.
You know the job in town whenever you're this -- playing a night club somewhere bar.
And you just -- because you're just trying to get started -- -- try to get your feet wet bright but a certain number of years ago.
Goes by you can't there's no return OK so then you're out there forget it.
And the thing about it is that after my father died when I was fifteen and stalled talks about the movie.
I didn't really care.
I didn't want to ever look back.
So I was just excited because suddenly I found myself -- the door opening.
And I was playing a night club next that I know is drawing people wow that was headlining.
That I got my first album out tapestries and I was doing concerts and set an American I came very soon I was -- -- was international.
So I was traveling all over the world most of my god you know in the years -- go by you know and these tourists was starting to happen.
Everything incident -- into a rhythm.
And you albums would be made some would do OK so -- do very well best doesn't amount to almost nothing going on you -- We have a clip of he had dvds have a little love sneak -- if you will you have to wait till tomorrow to actually.
Acquire one the let's go ahead roll back class.
Over -- murder I loved ability.
And of course -- there.
His voice is here and have a is a very very nice -- And I was so Norway because -- -- -- journey forces Jarvis takes its future every day and I.
Sit here and -- up for ever I mean when you watch those videos welcomes your mind does it feel like just yesterday.
That you were up there on upstage.
I remember that through very well it was a a long tour in England -- orchestra.
And but it's such that I loved the Beach Boys so much when I was growing up the harmonies.
The that this surface and the whole Sonny yeah approach they had the whole thing they created and oh yeah cultural phenomenon.
So they have Brian Wilson the movie was absolute thrill.
By the way American pilots finally inducted into the Grammy hall of fame.
Let's see it 2004.
You were inaugurated its the national academy of popular music songwriters hall of fame and in 2007 shared your life story here Allan Howard's biography how long -- this dvd I can't imagine -- -- -- -- and really really capture every moment but I need.
There are a lot of highlights like you know them being on the Tonight Show and the first time and being -- it.
The Macy's day parade in the early 1980s and seeing with Pete Seeger on the Hudson River and just so many things different.
Each few -- -- -- a concert video that would be done.
And so you know that and then lots -- still photographs that.
Which funnily enough I've been working on other projects so I had a lot of stuff all ready to go yeah when we decided to do this and but it's.
I think it's been wonderful really.
Having these songs become.
Friends to people right like you -- I'm not around anymore the.
Songs we'll still be some American red tie is such a classic I think it's probably going to go down as one of the most.
Famous most well known songs our children -- hope that my children will know that song any.
We all grew up with that -- I mean I feel so honored to know that anything in here talking to a man who and you wrote that song I did.
I mean it's amazing that song goes down in history as one of America's most -- Sizable well it was a long hard struggle to get it recorded and get it out yeah it was very long.
So you know wasn't playable on the radio.
They had to come out a little short version and then they came out with a single half on the one side half on the other.
It was it was always difficult but.
Eventually everybody bought the album to hear the whole song and then -- radio in those days and play albums and played the whole thing off the album.
So it the whole song on the radio that would but it was a phenomenon.
And I -- anything else like that.
A phenomenon like that and it actually helped to resurrect -- -- memory and the music of Buddy Holly who was you know.
The most marvelous artists.
We'll -- you are not finished yet visited and foreign would be performing for us later in the show and he will be performing and I love you so we look forward to -- it's -- -- -- you go for now that we can change studios for you -- you'll be performing in another studio.
I can do it yes so we look forward to that I think you saw -- thinking this is just it's so unique it's such a beautiful tonight.
Can't -- there is very nice to -- I want to see the dvd so you have people in the building with a copy please make sure they -- when my dad.
Before you leave I thank -- so it sounds great to meet you.