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Page 2A July24, 2019 aReporter minute ' Mnerican Pie'; Don McLean plays the Fine Arts Center on Fri. which remains the longest song to reach No. I on the Billboard Hot 100 charts. By Rkl' rd 1971 No. 1 hit ' 'nerican his most important musical The ballad, which harkens fors Pie', which the Record- influence was Elvis Presley. to the nostalgia of the late ing Industry Association McLean said upon seeing 1950s through the late Monroe County will of America (RIAA) later Elvis for the first time: "I 1960s, coined the phrase welcome a rock and roll voted No. 5 on its 2001 could always sing, but I "the day the music died" legend on Friday, July 26 "Songs of the Century" list. thought if I could play gui- in reference to the 1959 when singer-songwriter However, McLean has atar like that, I could make plane crash that killed rock Don McLean performs at number of other big hits, a little money. It started a and roll performers Buddy the Monroe County Fine including ' knd I Love You dream. I was never earth- Holly, The Big Bopper and Arts Center. So'; "Vincent" "Castles in bound after that. My feet Ritchie Valens. Tickets for the 7:30 p.m. the Air" and his interpreta- were in the air" While speculation has show are currently on sale t ion of the Roy Orbison At the age of 25, McLean run rampant about the for $35-$45. classic, "Crying." became an international meaning of the song, McLean, a New York na- McLean told the Reporter star upon the 1971 release McLean has remained five, is best known for his in a phone interview that of the eight-and-a-half mostly mum through the CENTRAL GEORGIA HEART & VEIN CENTER You Trust, Byerly Vaughn Ham, NP .2 Byerly Vaughn Ham, NP, a lifetime Monroe County resident is seeing patients in our Forsyth Office located at 120 N. Lee St. Suite C. *:Ask your primary care doctor. Front row: Brandon Elmore, MD, Carter Tharpe, MD, Jonathan Hoffman, MD, Zoe Jones, MD Back row: Amy Kingman, MD, Wendell Ellis, MD, Carmine Oddis, MD WWW.CENTRALGAHEART.COM Providing outstanding Heart & Vein services to the communities of Central Georgia for over 30 Years! decades about the origin of moments of lyrical genius like "Helter Skelter in a summer swelter" or "Jack Flash sat on a candlestick." When asked whether he tires of being asked the meaning of' kmerican Pie', McLean replied, "Yes, but I forgive them (media members). I know they have to ask." McLean said he doesn't talk about ' nerican Pie" much, but the vast inter- est in the record means that he sometimes feels like it's what he spends the most time talking about. McLean said he,s pleased if the notoriety of" trnerican Pie,' leads young listeners to other works he,s proud of, including his version of "Since I Don't Have You," which he called the "best record I ever made;' or "Prime Time;' a song he released in 1977 that he says was 40 years ahead of its time in its depiction of America as a game show. McLean said he looks forward to the upcoming release of his 19 studio albums onto the Swedish media-services provider Spotify so more musi- cians will be exposed to his songs. Country star Garth Brooks has long cited McLean as a key influence, and Ed Sheeran, perhaps the most popular singer/ songwriter in the world today, dueted with McLean on "Vincent" last year. McLean, who was born Donald McLean III and shares his name with his father, Donald McLean Jr said his fame is ironic given his humble upbringing. McLean said, "His (fa- ther's) name is all over the world. My parents weren't attention-getters. I wasn't brought up thinking I was the most important thing in the wodd. I had no safety net. I did it all on my own." McLean said he,s never spent extended time in any states besides his homes- tate of New York, and the two coastal states where he owns homes, Maine and California. McLean said it was his love of colonial- style architecture that first attracted him to Maine, but he said its the Southern California desert in the Palm Springs area where he now spends most of the year. However, McLean said the Forsyth show will be a homecoming of sorts for his guitarist Vip Vipper- man, who has Athens ties. McLean, who said he knows 10,000 songs, said he changes his set list regularly and vowed that his Forsyth show will be an exciting one. McLean urged fans on the fence about attending to check out his live performances on YouTube at popular festivals like Glastonbury and Stagecoach, saying his backup musicians com- prise "the best rock and roll band you'll have ever heard" | - Charyl Woods of Forsyth ne I noticed that I was not feeling well and it seemed as though my heart was "flopping around like a fish". After arriving at the Monroe County Hospital ER, they determined that I was in AFIB and the ER staff were very attentive and concerned for me. I was admitted and spent a week the hospital. I was terrified and confused at this new life. The unit/floor staff knew this and they were constantly sitting with me on me. I will never forget their kindness! Respiratory, Lab and Radiolo services were always there when I needed them. I am doing so now. My heart medication is working and I have a great Cardiolo am convinced that without MCH stabilizing me and symptoms, that I may not be here today. I have been able to and to see two of my three nephews graduate from high school. I am grateful to know that when time truly matters, I have medical I can depend on. Some people who have AFIB for the first time do not second chance. Thank you Monroe County Hospital for mine. - Charyl Woods Forsyth, GA recent October moming, I was sitting at my kitchen table reading. e 88 Martin Luther King Jr Drive Forsyth, GA 31029 ~) Navicenttleakh ~.~ !