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Subject: Re: winter dance party

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Date Posted: Fri January 08, 2021 00:33:17
In reply to: Dale 's message, "Re: winter dance party" on Thu January 07, 2021 16:31:07


You asked me "Why do feel the need to quantify the worth of Don McLean in a monetary way?"

The only reason I brought up anything to do with money and/or what he might draw as a touring act is because in an earlier post, the author wrote:

"I suspect Don McLean was expensive and venues usually have to do half of the price as a non-refundable deposit. While most of the acts can come some other time they have opted to stick with the McLean show. In this case it shows money means more than the safety of their customers."

So, I wasn't the first one to bring up money. All I was getting at is the original author said McLean was expensive, and I was just pointing out that in the grand scheme of things, he really wouldn't be as expensive as a lot of the other legacy acts still performing.

Yes, I know he was, and is, a huge Buddy Holly fan, never said he wasn't... I did say that quite a few would be happy to hear his whole set, but that the majority would just be happy to hear him sing "American Pie", and I stick by that. And of course the reason they'd be happy to hear that song is due to the Three Stars reference(s), and its sing along melody.

And like I said, it's not like the guy has no talent-He does, but I'm sure even you'd have to agree that his song with the Buddy Holly connection/reference is the big reason he was booked for the Surf Hall. "Vincent" is a good song too, but that's not why he would have been playing there.

Tons of acts have a song or two that are the biggest reason people go to see them. For instance, Jerry Lee Lewis said in an interview one time that if he didn't play "Whole Lot of Shakin' Going On" and "Great Balls of Fire", the promoters probably wouldn't pay him, because the bulk of the audience would have been at his show to hear him sing and play those songs... I'm sure the same thing would apply to Don if he didn't sing and play "American Pie".

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Re: winter dance partyFrankSat January 09, 2021 00:53:54
Re: winter dance partyDaleSat January 09, 2021 16:29:06

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