Tuesday, January 21, 2014

"Stop Draggin' My Heart Around" by Stevie Nicks with Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers

Top 10 Alert!
Rated 10 Alert!
Song#:  0689
Date:  07/25/1981
Debut:  57
Peak:  3
Weeks:  21
Genre:  Rock

Pop Bits:  Although several Nicks songs were featured on Fleetwood Mac albums, she had plenty more written with nowhere to go. During the sessions for Mac's epic "Tusk" album and the subsequent tour, Nicks recorded demos for a solo project. Several of these would make it onto her debut album "Bella Donna," including this lead single which featured Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers. The single and album were huge successes with the LP hitting #1 - her first and only album chart topper. The song received a Grammy nomination for Best Rock Vocal Group.

ReduxReview:  When all the musical stars align just right for a song, you get this kind of perfection. Everything about this is top-notch - the song, the band, the production, and the two vocal forces of Nicks and Petty. I practically wore out this single when I bought it back in the day. And the song sounds just as good now as it did then. A classic.


Trivia:  Double Shot!  1) Nicks wrote or co-wrote all songs on "Bella Donna" except this one. Written by Tom Petty and Mike Campbell, it was originally to be just a Heartbreaker's song but producer Jimmy Iovine (who was working with both artists) brought in Nicks and it ended up on her album.  2) Sometimes the pop chart will get clogged with major hits at the top and this prevents some songs from potentially reaching #1. This song was a victim of that and set a record in doing so. The song reached #3 and thanks to the 9-week #1 run of "Endless Love" and three other songs that bounced in and out at #2, it stayed at the #3 spot for six consecutive weeks. Despite not being able to reach the top spot, it ended up being Nicks' biggest solo chart hit.


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