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Don McLean: The American Pie Singer, 76, in his California lair

My Haven, Don McLean: The American Pie Singer, 76, in his California den where he lives with his 27-year-old girlfriend Paris Dylan

  • Don McLean, 76, shares important artifacts in the den of his California home
  • American Pie Singer Hugs A Guitar From Martin’s Pennsylvania Custom Shop
  • Also cherishes a baseball autographed by the greatest Yankee players of all time


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Don McLean, 76, (pictured) shared items of personal significance in the California home he shares with his girlfriend

Don McLean, 76, (pictured) shared items of personal significance in the California home he shares with his girlfriend

1. IN GOOD BUSINESS

This D-45 is my third Martin guitar – it is unique in the Martin Custom Shop in Pennsylvania and looks like something Elvis Presley would have played. The store has been around since 1833 and they honor artists who were Martin players such as Hank Williams, Johnny Cash, and Gene Autry.

I always travel with a guitar. When I was younger I would buy a plane ticket to have it sit next to me, but I put them in the hold now.

2. BEAUTIFUL

This gold bolo tie, a tie popular in cowboy country, belonged to singer Gene Autry; it has rubies in it and the letter A. His wife Jackie sold it to me.

I wore it in August when I received my star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, along with one of the six belt buckles I designed. They have three colors – green, yellow and red. I always wear one, they make me feel like an Egyptian king.

3. COLLECT ONLY

I found the 1920’s diamond ring I’m wearing here in California. I also have many watches – this solid gold Jaeger-LeCoultre is the rarest.

Don cherishes a baseball autographed by the greatest Yankee players of all time

Don cherishes a baseball autographed by the greatest Yankee players of all time

Don cherishes a baseball autographed by the greatest Yankee players of all time

It has a face on each side. I also collect cowboy boots, cowboy shirts and movie memorabilia. I have 1,000 DVDs here and another 3,000 in another house where I also have a room full of albums. They are part of my life.

4. STAY SHARP

I’ve been collecting knives since I was 12. I had a hunting knife that I took to the woods and made campfires. It’s a tool, and Randall knives, handmade in Florida, are beautiful—they’re pretty much the equivalent of a Martin guitar.

In the early 1970s, you could take anything you wanted on an airplane. I would carry a bag with a survival knife and a rope. Actually, I was willing to fight my way out of that plane if it were to crash into a jungle. That is an insight into my personality.

5. IF THE BOOT FITS…

I loved the western days when men were still men, and I’m always looking for the real western look. The real cowboy boots I love have a certain kind of heel, and I’ve bought so many pairs from Paul Bond, an Arizona company, that they now have molds of my feet so they can custom make them for me.

You have to be careful because you think you like them when you see them, and when you put them on they hurt so much that you can’t wear them.

I’ve got a cobbler here who can stretch shoes and do a little bit of changing. I like to modify things – I modified a Rolex watch once by putting a different face on it.

6. BASEBALL BONKERS

The Yankees were the greatest baseball team ever and many of the signatures on this baseball belong to the greatest players of all time: Joe DiMaggio, Elston Howard and Hank Bauer. These are the players from the 50’s and 60’s who won the World Series!

I bought it online and it wasn’t such a bad price because people don’t care about Joe DiMaggio anymore. I’d rather not say how much… but it was over $1,000. It’s a keepsake.

As told to Chrissy Iley. Don McLean is celebrating 50 years of American Pie with a UK tour in 2022, visit donmclean.com.

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