Song-writing legend Don McLean to headline FMU scholarship gala on April 2

Song-writing legend Don McLean to headline FMU scholarship gala on April 2

FLORENCE, SC (WMBF) – Don McLean will headline the Starry, Starry Night Scholarship Gala at the Francis Marion University (FMU) Performing Arts Center, on April 2.

McLean, who is best known for hits American Pie and Vincent, will entertain gala supporters with music and stories. Being both a songwriter and performer, McLean has been honored around the world receiving the BBC's Lifetime Achievement Award and an induction into the National Academy of Music's Songwriter's Hall of Fame.

The New York native wrote and recorded Vincent, a ballad about artist Vincent van Gogh, which was a number one single in the United Kingdom, and American Pie, a song that mourns on the tragic plane crash that killed musicians Buddy Holly, Ritchie Valens and J.P. Richardson in 1959, was voted among the Top Five songs of all time.

McLean recorded more than 40 gold or platinum albums during his career. He has recorded dozens of hit songs, for both himself and other artists, including Elvis Presley, Helen Reddy, Shirley Bassey, Glen Campbell, and Perry Como.

FMU President, Dr. Fred Carter said, "Don McLean is a legend. The opportunity to spend an evening with him- his songs and stories- while supporting needs-based scholarships at FMU makes for a magical event. This will be one of the musical highlights of the year – of many years, in fact – at FMU."

Tickets are $100 and go on sale December 1. Proceeds will benefit the Francis Marion Foundation scholarship fund. Tickets can be purchased at the FMU Performing Arts Center box office, online at, and via phone at (843) 661-4444.

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