American Pie singer McLean arrested

WASHINGTON • Singer-songwriter Don McLean, best known for his 1971 hit American Pie, was arrested in Maine on Monday and charged with domestic violence, a jail spokesman said.

McLean, 70, was arrested in Camden, on the Maine coast, and booked into the Knox County Jail at about 3.30am. He was released about an hour later after posting US$10,000 (S$14,330) bail, the spokesman said.

The singer was charged with domestic violence, a Class D misdemeanour. The spokesman had no details on what led to the arrest.

McLean and his wife Patrisha, a photographer, live in Camden. He is scheduled to tour Australia in March.

His epic hit song American Pie was released in 1971 and reached No. 1 on the Billboard charts. Its six verses reflect the United States' social upheaval in the 1960s and early 1970s.


A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on January 20, 2016, with the headline 'American Pie singer McLean arrested'. Print Edition | Subscribe