Monday, February 16, 2015

AccuRadio Song Of The Day-Stevie Nicks

Artist:Stevie Nicks w/Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers
Song:Stop Draggin' My Heart Around
Album:Crystal Visions: The Very Best Of Stevie Nicks

Stevie Nicks is best known for her work with Fleetwood Mac. But she has also had a successful solo career highlighted by the 1981 top five hit Stop Draggin' My Heart Around. She was born May 26, 1948 in Phoenix. Her father was president of Armour Foods but her grandfather was a country music singer and he taught her everything. She had a band in high school and then she met Lindsey Buckingham and she joined his band Fritz. They both attended San Jose State. When Fritz split up in 1972, Buckingham and Nicks continued to work together and recorded an album for Polydor. They were dropped and Stevie toured with The Everly Brothers. They got into Fleetwood Mac through producer Keith Olsen who played one of their songs for Mick Fleetwood. Bob Welch had just left the band and they needed a new guitarist. Buckingham told Fleetwood they were a package deal and the rest is history. Though Fleetwood Mac made Stevie a star, her tenure in the band has always been tumultuous. So she has this backlog of songs that Fleetwood Mac wasn't going to record. So she signed with Modern Records as a solo artist. Her 1981 debut album Bella Donna was produced by veteran producer Jimmy Iovine and Tom Petty. She appeared on a few of Petty's shows. Petty and guitarist Tom Campbell wrote Stop Draggin' My Heart Around for the Heartbreakers but Iovine suggested recording it with Stevie. It was the debut single and it reached #3 on the Billboard Hot 100. It was also a big hit in the early days of MTV. Bella Donna topped the Billboard Hot 200 and was certified 4XPlatinum. Her second single Leather and Lace with Don Henley reached #6 on the Billboard Hot 100. Her other top ten hits were Stand Back in 1982 and Talk To Me in 1985. You can get all her hits on this budget comp. Stevie Nicks still records occasionally while still touring with Fleetwood Mac. Her latest CD 24 Karat Gold: Songs From The Vault was released Sept. 2014. They are new recordings of demos she recorded many years ago. When I saw the title I thought it must be a greatest hits but it isn't. Here's the video for Stop Draggin' My Heart Around by Stevie Nicks with Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers.

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