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Wonder how much Anka made off the music rights?

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Shortly after sending the demo, Anka received a telephone call and was told that Tonight Show bandleader Skitch Henderson was angry because Carson wanted to use a theme song written by "a 20-year-old kid".[9] Anka said he then offered to let Carson write and publish new lyrics in order to claim a songwriter's credit, along with half of the royalties every time the song was played.[4] Those lyrics were never used on the show.[10] Anka estimated that "Johnny's Theme" was played live on Carson's Tonight Show more than 1,400,000 times over the course of 30 years.[11] As its original composer, Anka also was paid each time the song was broadcast, earning each man an average of about US$200,000 per year.

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