Ed Sheeran Sings 'Vincent' w/ Don McLean ... Pehaps You'll Listen Now?

8/20/2018 10:40 AM PDT

Ed Sheeran Busts Out 'Vincent' with Don McLean

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Question: What's black and white and red all over?

Answer: Ed Sheeran and Don McLean performing 'Vincent' together. And it's beautiful. 

The two got together to perform the song as part of a fundraiser in the Pacific Palisades for UCLA Health and Teen Cancer America ... but before they hit the stage, they got together for a private rehearsal. 

Sheeran brought the guitar -- and his finest red cargo shorts -- and strummed away while he and Don took turns with the verses. 

72-year-old McLean was clearly impressed with his 27-year-old duet partner -- saying, "Ed is a quick study...turned out great"

By the way, 'Vincent' came out in 1971 -- 20 years before Ed was born!