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The Drummer Finally Gets Some Credit
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Tom Petty

A drummer finally gets credit!  The drummer gets all the girls (well the ones the singer doesn’t want) and the drummer gets all the jokes.  (How do you tell if the stage is level?The drummer is drooling from both sides of his mouth) (Hey, did you hear about the drummer who finished high school? Me neither.)(What do you call a drummer without a girlfriend?  Homeless.) What is the difference between a drummer and a savings bond? One will mature and make money.) But I digress, where were we?  Oh yeah a drummer gets credit. Today (Thursday) is Benmont Tench’s birthday. He turns 64 and is the keyboardist for Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers.

Before recording his second solo album, Wildflowers, Tom Petty laid down a bunch of tracks with The Heartbreakers, including "Mary Jane's Last Dance." It became the single from the band's 1993 Greatest Hits album. Benmont Tench tells why drummer Stan Lynch looms large in the story of that song.

“I was told that Stan and Tom had just been jamming together and Tom had come up with that riff and Stan had locked into that rhythm. So Tom said, ‘Look, I think we can make a song out of this.’ We went in with Rick Rubin before the Wildflowers record was made. It was actually the last stuff we recorded with Stan and he went out with a bang. He’s astounding on that track. The groove on that track is really swampy and just so fine.”

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