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Stop Draggin' My Heart Around
by Stevie Nicks & Tom Petty
#BellaDonna is the debut solo album by American singer, songwriter and Fleetwood Mac vocalist Stevie Nicks. The album would mark the beginning of her trend of calling upon her many musician friends and connections to fully realize her sparse demo recordings. While Bella Donna's personnel list includes 20+ musicians, the album is very much Nicks' own work, with all but one of the songs on the record written by her. Bella Donna is her best-selling solo album to date, reaching number one and spending nearly straight three years on the Billboard 200.

"Stop Draggin' My Heart Around" was the first single released and the album's only song neither written nor co-written by Nicks. Written by Tom Petty and guitarist Mike Campbell as a Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers song, producer Jimmy Iovine, who was also working for Nicks at the time, arranged for her to sing on it. Petty sang with Nicks in the chorus and bridge, while his entire band (except Ron Blair, whose bass track was played by Donald "Duck" Dunn instead) played on the song. The lyrics are about a woman who feels weighed down by relationships and wants to part despite a strong sentimental attachment to her lover. The song was originally recorded for Petty's album Hard Promises, but the producers felt the song came from a female point of view and it was left unreleased until it was agreed to be put on the Bella Donna album instead. The single peaked at #3 on the Billboard Hot 100 for six consecutive weeks; however, in the UK, the song only managed to peak at #50.

As of 2017, "Stop Draggin' My Heart Around" remains a mainstay of Nicks's solo live performances. On July 9, 2017, Nicks performed the song together with Petty and the Heartbreakers at the British Summer Time festival at Hyde Park in London, in what turned out to be their final performance of the song together before Petty's passing in October 2017.

A performance of the song in the studio was used as the promotional video. The video was the 25th to be played on MTV's launch date on August 1, 1981.

1981 - Atco - United States
Posted: 12th March 2018
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