Taylor Swift sent Don McLean flowers and a handwritten message after breaking his chart record.
For decades now, the longest single to top the Billboard charts has been the evergreen classic 'American Pie (Parts I & II)' which topped the rundown in 1972.
Hosting a four week stint at the summit, the single lasted some eight minutes – a record that was thought to be unsurmountable.
Taylor Swift's re-recorded 'All Too Well (10 Minute Version)' caused a storm on its release, and swept to the top of the Billboard charts.
Breaking Don McLean's record, the senior songwriter was magnanimous when speaking to Billboard:
“There is something to be said for a great song that has staying power. ‘American Pie’ remained on the top for 50 years and now Taylor Swift has unseated such a historic piece of artistry. Let’s face it, nobody ever wants to lose that Number One spot, but if I had to lose it to somebody, I sure am glad it was another great singer/songwriter such as Taylor.”
In a neat touch, Taylor sent Don McLean flowers and a handwritten message, prompting Don to label her a "classy artist…"
— Don McLean (@donmclean) December 1, 2021