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Don McLean's 'American Pie' Payday

  • Aired: 1/11/2012
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Don McLean's classic tune, American Pie, is the longest song ever to top Billboard's Hot 100, but the single has gone on to make money for the singer/songwriter in ways that he never could've predicted. The coming-of-age movie, American Pie, earned McLean a nice chunk of change in the late '90s. Although the comedy didn't use the song, producers had to pay McLean to use the name after he had it trademarked. VIDEO: Don McLean on Being Discovered by a New Generation

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