DON MCLEAN HONORED WITH STAR ON THE HOLLYWOOD WALK OF FAME
HONOREE: Don McLeanGUEST SPEAKERS: "Weird Al" Yankovic and guests.WHAT: Dedication of the 2,700th Star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in the Category of RecordingWHERE: 6300 Hollywood Boulevard in front of the Pie Hole ShopWHEN: August 16, 2021 at 11:30 A.M. PDT The event will be live-streamed exclusively on www.walkoffame.comThe Hollywood Chamber of Commerce is proud to announce that award winning performer Don McLean will be honored with the 2,700star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame on Monday, August 16, 2021 at 11:30 a.m. PDT. The star will be dedicated in the category of Recording at 6300 Hollywood Boulevard in front of The Pie Hole Shop.“Don McLean is part of our American music history and we are thrilled to be celebrating the 50th anniversary of his iconic song “American Pie.” How appropriate that his star will be placed in front of The Pie Hole Shop in honor of his storied career!” stated Ana Martinez, Producer of the Hollywood Walk of Fame.Joining in the festivities to unveil the star will be Walk of Famer "Weird Al" Yankovic.Don McLean is a Grammy award honoree, a Songwriter Hall of Fame member, BBC Lifetime Achievement Award recipient, and his smash hit “American Pie” resides in the Library of Congress National Recording Registry and was named by the Recording Industry of America (RIAA) a top 5 song of the 20th Century.A New York native, Don McLean is one of the most revered and respected songwriters in American history. After paying his dues in the New York club scene in the late ‘60s, he went on to score mega-hits like “Vincent (Starry, Starry Night),” “Castles in the Air” and many more. His catalog of songs has been recorded by Madonna, Garth Brooks, Josh Groban, Drake, "Weird Al" Yankovic, and countless others. In 2015, one of McLean’s four handwritten manuscripts of the lyrics to “American Pie” was auctioned by Christies, selling for just over $1.2 Million. His song “And I Love You So” was the theme for Prince Harry and Megan Markle’s wedding.2020 brought Don a new recording contract with Time Life which he released a catalog of recordings as well as a new album Still Playin' Favorites. Now, in 2021 “American Pie” will be featured in the Avengers Black Widow and the Tom Hanks movie “BIOS”, Don will have children’s book released, and much more! And when you think things are slowing down, not so for Don McLean!The Don McLean Foundation helps to fund various charities and most recently donated $10,000 to Veterans Count, a program of Easter Seals in Maine, supporting our military and their families. The foundation will be the recipient of all Don McLean assets upon his passing, with his home in Camden, Maine serving as the headquarters to present multiple events and programs. The foundation also sends students who cannot otherwise afford it to college. The Don McLean Foundation will continue to expand with creative leadership broadening its scope and impact.ABOUT HOLLYWOOD WALK OF FAME - www.WalkOfFame.comThe Hollywood Walk of Fame is an internationally-recognized Hollywood icon. With approximately 2 star ceremonies annually broadcast around the world, the constant reinforcement provided to the public has made the Walk of Fame a top visitor attraction. The Hollywood Chamber of Commerce continues to add stars on the Walk of Fame as the representative of the City of Los Angeles. The Walk of Fame is a tribute to all of those who worked diligently to develop the concept and to maintain this world-class tourist attraction. The Walk of Fame is a free event and is open to the public. The sponsorship funds for this special honor are used to pay for the creation/installation of the star and ceremony, as well as maintenance of the Walk of Fame. Download the official app for iPhones and Android devices at http://officialhollywoodwalkoffameapp.comABOUT HOLLYWOOD CHAMBER OF COMMERCE - www.HollywoodChamber.netFor 100 years, the Hollywood Chamber of Commerce has provided leadership, business development resources, networking, and government affairs programs and services to keep the Hollywood business and residential communities safe, relevant and economically vital. Nicole Mihalka is the Chair of the Hollywood Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors 2020-2021, and Rana Ghadban is the President/CEO of the Hollywood Chamber of Commerce. For more information please visit www.hollywoodchamber.net.