Mike Campbell celebrates his 69th birthday today (February 1st). Stevie Nicks: “Stop Draggin’ My Heart Around” was supposed to be a Tom Petty song on the album Hard Promises. Mike Campbell liked it and was surprised they left it off. Both he and Stevie Nicks shared the same producer Jimmy Iovine. Here’s Mike Campbell:
“That was a track that I had written the music and Tom had written the lyrics. It was for Hard Promises and, for some reason, we were gonna leave it off the album. I don’t know why. It was really bothering me at the time. And then they called me up one day and said Jimmy’s decided that it’ll be a duet and Stevie’s gonna use it. So I said, ‘Oh great, at least it gets used.’ And then it was a huge hit, so, lucky for me.”
It reached number-three on the Billboard Hot 100.