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‘American Pie’ Singer Don McLean Arrested for Domestic Violence

Don McLean domestic violence arrest 2016
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Folk-rock singer Don McLean, who is best known for his song “American Pie,” was arrested on charges of domestic violence on Monday (Jan. 18).

People reports that police were called to McLean’s Camden, Maine, home at around 2AM on Monday morning. He was charged with a domestic violence misdemeanor and spent a few hours in Knox County Jail before posting $10,000 bail and being released around 11:30AM.

McLean moved to Maine in the 1980s, according to a profile in Memories of Maine magazine. In 1987, he married his second wife, Patrisha, who is a photographer. The couple has two children and live on a 200-acre estate dubbed Lakeview. According to the Portland Press Herald, McLean’s only prior encounter with Maine law enforcement came in 2013, when he was fined for speeding in a school zone.

After releasing his debut album, Tapestry, in 1970, McLean scored the biggest hit of his career with “American Pie” in 1971. In 1980, he earned a Top 10 hit on the country charts with “Crying,” originally recorded by Roy Orbison, from his Chain Lightning album. McLean also covered Hank Williams‘ “Your Cheatin’ Heart” on Chain Lightning.

In 2015, McLean auctioned off handwritten “American Pie” lyrics, earning more than $1 million. The lyrics include a “lost” seventh verse, which McLean ended up crossing out.

“I have two children and a wife, and none of them seem to have the mercantile instinct,” McLean explains of his decision to sell the lyrics. “I want to get the best deal that I can for them. It’s time.”

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