Singer-songwriter best known for his #1 hit single "American Pie" and his smaller hit, "Vincent." He was the recipient of the 2012 BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards Life Time Achievement Award.
After getting his guitar, he started making contacts all over the music world, recording in his first studio session while still in prep school.
In 2001, "American Pie" was voted #5 on a list of the 365 Songs of the Century.
He married his first wife, Carol, in 1969 and divorced in 1972. He has two children, Jackie and Wyatt, with his wife Patrisha Shnier.
He learned the art of performing from his friend and mentor, Pete Seeger.