Don McLean 'American Pie' Songwriter Arrested for Domestic Violence

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Don McLean -- the artist who wrote -- arguably -- one of the 3 best songs ever -- was arrested for domestic violence.

Cops in Camden, Maine responded at 2 AM Monday to a 911 call at McLean's residence. Cops arrested the singer for domestic violence assault -- a misdemeanor.

The arrest was without incident and after posting $10,000 bail he was released.

The mugshot -- first obtained by the Wiscassat newspaper -- was taken at the Knox County jail.

McLean performs only occasionally ... the last time at the Maine Lobster Festival back in August.

The singer/songwriter reportedly sold the handwritten lyrics to "American Pie" at Christie's auction house for $1.2 million.