Don McLean said in a recent interview if he didn't have asthma as a kid he would've “drank himself to death.”
McLean told Britain's The i, “Children are all naturally creative – until school knocks it out of them. They sing, they paint, they invent stuff. “One of the advantages of having asthma is that it kept me out of school for long periods for many years. I was able to develop another Don McLean that wasn’t programmed by the school system.
“If I’d been perfectly healthy and a good student or athlete, I’d probably be dead now because I would have been a really boring person at a bank somewhere who drank himself to death.”
McLean didn’t pursue a music career until his father died when he was 15.McLean will tour next year to celebrate the 50th anniversary of his iconic ‘American Pie’ album.
[Source: Classic Hits Today]