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‘American Pie’ Singer Don McLean Arrested on Domestic Violence Charges

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Don McLean, a mutli-genre singer best known for writing and recording “American Pie” in 1971, has been arrested in Camden, Maine. He posted $10,000 bail after police responded to a domestic violence complaint.

The 70-year-old Camden resident was released on Monday, the Associated Press reports. Police were originally called to the house around 2AM on Monday morning. He was held for several hours in the Knox County Jail, but few details around the arrest were made public. McLean is married to a photographer named Patrisha, People says.

While the chart-topping “American Pie” is the singer’s most well-known hit in and out of country music circles, he enjoyed success with other songs and albums as well. His most notable country albums were Chain Lightning in 1978. This included a cover of Roy Orbison’s “Crying” that cracked the Top 10 on the Billboard Country chart. There was also a cover of Gordon Lightfoot’s “If You Could Read My Mind” and Hank Williams’ “Your Cheatin’ Heart.”

A rock album called Love Tracks (1987) also found him some minor country success. “You Can’t Blame the Train” was a minor hit for the then 42-year-old. It total he charted five songs on the country chart, but not “American Pie.” The 8-minute-long opus hit No. 1 on multiple charts, but was not a significant country hit despite its folky roots. In 2014 McLean played the Stagecoach Country Music Festival in California.

McLean’s domestic violence charge is a misdemeanor, and he’ll have a court date on Feb. 22. Don McLean and his wife Patrisha share two children, according to Fox News.

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