Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers bassist Ron Blair was born on September 16th, 1948. There was this time when Ron wasn’t around, but bass legend Duck Dunn was, so he played on a recording for the album Hard Promises. Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers keyboardist Benmont Tench can’t recall why their bassist, Ron Blair, wasn’t around for the session for “A Woman in Love (It’s Not Me).” But he says that it gave them an opportunity to work with the legendary player for Booker T. & the MG’s and Eric Clapton, Donald “Duck” Dunn.

 

“Duck was around and Duck was an idol of ours and he was a very good friend of ours. So you get an opportunity to play a song with Duck Dunn, you take it. And he’s going to shape it without bossing anybody around, just the way that he’s gonna play is going to do something really crazy to the feel and just lovely, so that it breathes and relaxes a little after the intro and it picks back up when the chorus come in and it backs down again to the verse. Just lovely what he did.”

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