Don McLean, the singer-songwriter behind the classic tune “American Pie,” was arrested in Camden, Maine on Monday morning for domestic violence assault.
Camden police reportedly received a call from the singer’s home around 2 a.m. on Monday and arrested McLean upon arriving at the scene. He was charged with a misdemeanor and transported to Knox County Jail. He was released shortly after posting $10,000 bail. McLean is scheduled to appear in Knox County District Court in Rockland on February 22.
McLean’s “American Pie” was released in 1971 to massive critical and commercial acclaim, and remains his most successful single release to this day. The eight-minute song is also the longest song to reach number one on the Billboard charts. “American Pie,” which has been covered by a number of performers, was inspired by the deaths of Buddy Holly, Ritchie Valens, and The Big Bopper, who died in a plane crash in 1959. The event later became known as “The Day the Music Died,” based on the lyrics to McLean’s song.
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