Don McLean says his success is due to asthma and the death of his father


Don McLean looked back on the moments that shaped his career, saying that suffering from asthma as a child, along with the death of his father, contributed to his success.

“Kids are all naturally creative – until school takes them out,” McLean told Inews in a recent interview. “They sing, they paint, they invent stuff. One of the benefits of asthma is that it kept me from going to school for long periods of time for many years. I was able to develop another Don McLean who was not programmed by the school system. If his respiratory illness hadn’t kept him from going to school, McLean believes he would have taken a different path. “If I had been perfectly healthy and a good student or athlete, I would probably be dead by now because I would have been a really boring person in a bank somewhere who got drunk to death.”

The musician’s father died when he was 15, which McLean says gave him the opportunity to pursue his artistic ambitions instead of pursuing his career in business administration. “For some reason my father was adamantly opposed to show business,” the singer recalls. “He thought it was for some sort of inferior man. I was very sad when my dad passed away, but I also realized that I could do whatever I wanted without worrying that my dad would turn on me, which he certainly would have done.

The 76-year-old prepares for a world tour as his flagship track “American Pie” continues to live a life of its own 50 years after its original release.

Discussing the song that made its name and the fact that a Broadway show, documentary film and children’s book are all in production, he said, “‘American Pie’ has its own identity and its own. personality – it’s almost like he’s alive. I look and wonder what’s going to happen next. It’s like I’m sitting in a spaceship watching as stuff goes through my window… he there is so much energy behind ‘American Pie.’ At this point.

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