Song of the Day: Don McLean, “Dreidel”

Singer-songwriter Don McLean was born on this date in 1945. Best known for "American Pie," which has been played and analyzed to the point of becoming an EBS Special, he has issued 22 studio albums, four live albums, nine compilation albums, and 16 singles. "Dreidel" was the first single off his eponymous 1972 album; it reached #7 on the US Adult Contemporary chart and #5 on the Canadian Adult Contemporary chart in 1973.

15 thoughts on “Song of the Day: Don McLean, “Dreidel”

    1. I agree. He’s a tremendous songwriter and a better-than-average performer. The song “Killing Me Softly” (for which Roberta Flack received a Grammy) was inspired by him.

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  1. I never heard this one…everything he did got swallowed up by American Pie…although Vincent is well known.


  2. I like the song, but I don’t think the beginning is a great fit for his voice. The latter part of the song is better to me.


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