Don McLean, singer of the 1970s hit song “American Pie”, was arrested and charged with domestic violence.
According to the Associated Press, 70-year-old McLean was arrested in his hometown of Camden, Maine on Jan. 18. Reports say that police arrived at his home around 2 AM on Monday morning after they received a domestic violence complaint. McLean was then arrested and booked into the Knox County Jail, but was released after posting $10,000 bail a few hours later.
Few details of the incident have been made public. According to Fox News, McLean has been married to a photographer named Patrisha for over 17 years. The couple also has two children.
McLain first burst onto the music scene with his successful second career album, American Pie. The anthemic, eight-minute title track is now widely-known as his signature song. In 2001, the track was voted the No. 5 most important song from the entire 20th century.
Through the late 1970s, McLean supplied a few more successful singles on the country charts. His 1978 album Chain Lightning charted three well-received covers, including a rendition of Roy Orbison’s “Crying” and Hank Williams’ “Your Cheatin’ Heart”.
Although McLean has appeared at many music festivals in recent years, he has not released a new album of music since 2009’s Addicted to Black.
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