Sketch the trees and the daffodils,
Catch the breeze and the winter chills,
In colors on the snowy linen land."
Reflect in Vincent's eyes of china blue.
Colors changing hue, morning field of amber grain,
Weathered faces lined in pain,
Are soothed beneath the artist's loving hand."
"Vincent" reached No. 6 in the United States and No. 1 in the United Kingdom in 1972.
McLean first gained fame with the unforgettable "American Pie," a No. 1 tune in 1972. He also penned other memorable songs such as "And I Love You So" and "Castles in the Air." His songs have been covered by such luminaries as Elvis Presley, Helen Reddy, Josh Groban, George Michael, and Perry Como.
Still an active performer, the 67-year-old McLean was inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame in 2004.