'Mad Men' Finale Puts Iconic Coca-Cola Commercial Back in Spotlight

The 'Mad Men' series finale brought back Coca-Cola's most famous ad – but who was the real originator of the idea?

Spoiler alerts for the Mad Men finale are everywhere today!

If you have seen the finale, we've got the inside story behind the idea that hit Don Draper while he was meditating on an ocean-side cliff in California.

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It's the iconic Coca-Cola commercial, which aired in 1971, and became the most successful ad of all time!

Five hundred people from all over the world gathered on a hilltop in Italy to sing this anthem to peace, love, and Coca-Cola.

They sang, "I'd like to buy the world a home, and furnish it with love. I'd like to teach the world to sing in perfect harmony, I'd like to buy the world a coke and keep it company."

We tracked down Stephanie Hall who appeared in that commercial!

INSIDE EDITION's Megan Alexander asked, "Did you watch the Mad Men finale?"

Hall responded, saying, "I did not, and my son just texted me and said, 'Did you see the Mad Men finale? Mom was on it!' It was the commercial!"

She actually watched the finale for the first time during the interview.

She added, "That's fun. That's really fun. It's a great moment."

The commercial was a home run when it first hit the airways.

So, who really came up with the idea for this ad? Not Don Draper, but Creative Director Bill Backer of the McCann-Erickson Agency.

Jason Lynch, a TV reporter for Adweek, says, "This was one of the early ads to make use of a song, and when you have something that has a catchy tune like that and catchy lyrics, that will really help it resonate much longer than just a slogan."

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It was such a smash that a sequel was made twenty years later with the original singers' children joining in!

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