Don McLean will be forever remembered for his immortalization of “The Day the Music Died” – the night Buddy Holly, Richie Valens and The Big Bopper were killed when American Pie, the plane in which they were flying, crashed. On Monday morning, the legend was arrested at his home in Camden, Maine on a misdemeanor domestic abuse charge.
Police responded to a 911 call made around 2 a.m. from the Camden, Maine, home he shares with wife Patrisha McLean, the Portland Press Herald reported. The singer was arrested without incident, Camden Police Chief Randy Gagne told the outlet.
McLean is being held on $10,000 bond on the lowest level of assault charge. He and his wife of nearly 29 years have lived in the Camden, Maine area for 20 years and have two adult children.
Messages left from various news agencies to McLean’s management and representatives have not been returned, and no details on the nature of the assault are available.
McLean is no stranger to breaking the law. In 2013, he was fined $400 for driving too fast in a Maine school zone. Officials in Knox County in Maine will work around his tour schedule for court appearances.
McLean’s legacy to the music world, though, is his haunting, classic tune “American Pie”. The original manuscript of the song sold for over a million dollars at auction.
I have two children and a wife, and none of them seem to have the mercantile instinct,” McLean told Rolling Stone before the auction. “I want to get the best deal that I can for them. It’s time.”
“Over the years I’ve dealt with all these stupid questions of ‘Who’s that?’ and ‘Who’s that?'” he told the magazine. “These are things I never had in my head for a second when I wrote the song. I was trying to capture something very ephemeral and I did, but it took a long time.”
In a statement released to Christie’s when the auction was announced, he said: “It was an indescribable photograph of America that I tried to capture in words and music and then was fortunate enough through the help of others to make a successful recording.”