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Don McLean

1945 - Today

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Donald McLean III (born October 2, 1945) is an American singer-songwriter, best known for his 1971 hit song "American Pie", an 8.5-minute folk rock "cultural touchstone" about the loss of innocence of the early rock and roll generation.His other hit singles include "Vincent", "Dreidel", a rendition of Roy Orbison's "Crying", a rendition of the Skyliners' "Since I Don't Have You", and "Wonderful Baby". His composition "And I Love You So" has been sung by Elvis Presley, Perry Como, Helen Reddy, Glen Campbell, and others, and in 2000, Madonna had a hit with a rendition of "American Pie". In 2004, he was inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Don McLean has received more than 2,815,005 page views. His biography is available in 34 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 31 in 2019). Don McLean is the 490th most popular singer (down from 465th in 2019), the 2,929th most popular biography from United States (down from 2,627th in 2019) and the 150th most popular American Singer.

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  • 2.8M

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  • 64.54

    Historical Popularity Index (HPI)

  • 34

    Languages Editions (L)

  • 2.93

    Effective Languages (L*)

  • 4.42

    Coefficient of Variation (CV)

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Among SINGERS

Among singers, Don McLean ranks 490 out of 3,541. Before him are Claudio Villa, Waylon Jennings, Ahmad Zahir, Bobby Darin, Renato Carosone, and Mari Boine. After him are Isabella Colbran, Isabelle Aubret, John Wetton, Sinéad O'Connor, Emmylou Harris, and Gazebo.

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Contemporaries

Among people born in 1945, Don McLean ranks 164Before him are Marek Grechuta, Robert Cialdini, Duarte Pio, Duke of Braganza, George Alencherry, Princess Michael of Kent, and Divine. After him are Mahinda Rajapaksa, Chandrika Kumaratunga, Viktor Saneyev, Richard Long, Linda Harrison, and Douglas Hofstadter.

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In United States

Among people born in United States, Don McLean ranks 2,929 out of 15,968. Before him are Elizabeth McGovern (1961), Seymour Martin Lipset (1922), Charles Napier (1936), Ellen Church (1904), Scott Carpenter (1925), and Divine (1945). After him are Lawrence Ferlinghetti (1919), Stefanie Powers (1942), Louis Prima (1910), Evel Knievel (1938), Eleanor F. Helin (1932), and Erika Eleniak (1969).

Among SINGERS In United States

Among singers born in United States, Don McLean ranks 150Before him are Marian Anderson (1897), Miley Cyrus (1992), Billie Eilish (2001), Jackie Jackson (1951), Waylon Jennings (1937), and Bobby Darin (1936). After him are Emmylou Harris (1947), Big Mama Thornton (1926), Mos Def (1973), KRS-One (1965), Lana Del Rey (1985), and Bobby Kimball (1947).

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