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UPI Almanac for Wednesday, Oct. 2, 2013.
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UPI Almanac for Tuesday, Oct. 2, 2012.
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UPI Almanac for Sunday, Oct, 2, 2011.
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Beyonce, U2 to perform at Glastonbury

Beyonce, U2 to perform at Glastonbury

PILTON, England, April 14 (UPI) -- U2, Coldplay, Beyonce, Paul Simon, B.B. King and Morrissey are to perform at this summer's Glastonbury music festival in England, organizers said.

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UPI Almanac for Thursday, Oct. 2, 2008.
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UPI Almanac for Tuesday, Oct. 2, 2007.
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UPI almanacs for Monday, Oct. 2, 2006.
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Today is Sunday, Oct. 2, the 275th day of 2005 with 90 to follow.
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Today is Saturday, Oct. 2, the 276th day of 2004 with 90 to follow.
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Feature: Don McLean to Songwriters Hall

LOS ANGELES, June 4 (UPI) -- Don McLean, whose hit song "American Pie" was voted No. 5 in a recording industry poll of the top songs of the 20th century, will enter the National Academy of
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Songwriters Hall honors Stevie Wonder

LOS ANGELES, April 15 (UPI) -- The National Academy of Popular Music/Songwriters Hall of Fame said Thursday Stevie Wonder will be honored at its awards ceremony in New York in June.

Songwriters Hall of Fame names inducteees

NEW YORK, March 31 (UPI) -- The National Academy of Popular Music/Songwriters Hall of Fame announced in New York Wednesday the next seven inductees.

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Today is Thursday, Oct. 2, the 275th day of 2003 with 90 to follow.
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Irish Tenor Ronan Tynan is a cabaret treat

NEW YORK, Oct. 1 (UPI) -- Ronan Tynan, one of The Irish Tenors of concert and recording fame, is launched on a cabaret career that showcases his wide-ranging repertory and brings his ebu
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A Blast from the Past

This is "the day the music died." On this date in 1959, singers Buddy Holly, J.P. "The Big Bopper" Richardson and Ritchie Valens were killed in a plane crash in a cornfield near Mason City, Iowa. Only hours earlier, they'd played what turned out to be the
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Don McLean pose for the media on June 10, 2004 at the 2004 Songwriters Hall of Fame ceremonies in New York where he was inducted.. (UPI Photo/Ezio Petersen)
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Donald McLean, Jr. (born October 2, 1945, New Rochelle, New York) is an American singer-songwriter. He is most famous for the 1971 album American Pie, containing the renowned songs "American Pie" and "Vincent".

Both McLean's grandfather and father were also named Donald McLean. The Buccis, the family of McLean's mother, Elizabeth, came from Abruzzo in central Italy. They left Italy and settled in Port Chester, New York at the end of the 19th century. He has other extended family in Los Angeles and Boston.

As a young teenager, McLean became interested in folk music, particularly the Weavers' 1955 recording At Carnegie Hall. Childhood asthma meant that McLean missed long periods of school, and although he slipped back in his studies, his love of music was allowed to flourish. He often performed shows for family and friends. By age 16 he had bought his first guitar (a Harmony acoustic archtop with a sunburst finish) and begun making contacts in the music business, becoming friends with folk singer Erik Darling, a latter-day member of the Weavers. McLean recorded his first studio sessions (with singer Lisa Kindred) while still in prep school.

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