Donald McLean III (born October 2, 1945) is an American singer-songwriter, best known for his 1971 hit song American Pie, an 8.5-minute folk rock cultural touchstone about the loss of innocence of the early rock and roll generation (US #1 for four weeks in 1972 and UK #2).
His other hit singles include Vincent (US #12, UK #1 in 1972), Dreidel (US #21 in 1972), a rendition of Roy Orbisons Crying (US #5, UK #1 in 1980), a rendition of the Skyliners Since I Dont Have You (US #23 in 1980), and Wonderful Baby (US AC #1 in 1975).
His composition And I Love You So has been sung by Elvis Presley, Perry Como, Helen Reddy, Glen Campbell, and others, and in 2000, Madonna had a hit with a rendition of American Pie.
In 2004, he was inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame. In January 2018, BMI certified that American Pie and Vincent had reached five million and three million airplays respectively.