Don McLean: 50th Anniversary of American Pie

  • Martina McBride


    Show: Saturday, May 21 Doors Open: 6 pm Concert Starts: 7 pm


    One of the most iconic rock ‘n’ roll songs of all time, “American Pie,” turns 50 years old and to celebrate this feat, Don McLean is set to hit the stage at the Oaklawn Event Center as part of his anniversary tour Saturday, May 21.

    Tickets for the show go on pre-sale Thursday, Feb. 3 at 10 a.m. and can be purchased at Oaklawn Rewards members and Don McLean fans can purchase advanced tickets starting Thursday, Feb. 3 by using code AMERICANPIE50. General ticket sales begin Monday, Feb. 7 at 10 a.m.

    February 3 marks the 50th anniversary of “The Day the Music Died” – when rock ‘n’ roll legend Buddy Holly perished in a plane crash. Singer, song writer McLean wrote “American Pie,” as an ode to the late Buddy Holly, as well as the issues of late sixties and early seventies.

    McLean released his iconic album American Pie in 1971. He is celebrating the title cut with an extensive anniversary tour, 50 years after the title song reached #1 on the Billboard singles chart.

    McLean’s music has inspired millions over the years and among his other hits are “And I Love You So,” which was covered by Elvis Presley, “Vincent” which was released on the American Pie album and hit number one on the U.K. music charts, as well as “Castles In The Air” which was McLean’s first single ever released.

    McLean was born Oct. 2, 1945. He is a Grammy Award honoree, a Songwriters Hall of Fame member, and a BBC Lifetime Achievement Award recipient. “American Pie” resides in the Library of Congress’ National Recording Registry and was named one of the top five songs of the 20th century by the Recording Industry of America. In 2015, one of the New York native’s four handwritten manuscripts of the lyrics to “American Pie” was auctioned by Christies, selling for just over $1.2 million.

    Tickets must be purchased in advance and guests must show mobile barcode or ticket printouts at the door for entry. Doors will open at 6 p.m., showtime at 7 p.m.