Stop Draggin’ My Heart Around – Challenge #193

When Stevie Nicks was 27, she became famous for singing in Fleetwood Mac, and she quickly descended into a drug hell and becoming addicted to cocaine, alcohol, and Quaaludes so she could sleep, until her system broke down and she started having nosebleeds, falls on stage, blackouts and near overdoses. She bought $1 million worth of cocaine and it burned a hole in her nose the size of a dime. Around 1986, Stevie Nicks’ cocaine addiction reached crisis levels. Her management company checked her into the Betty Ford clinic and she was prescribed Klonopin. Nicks struggled with a Klonopin addiction that was used to treat panic attacks, and anxiety and this sort of turned her into a zombie. Stevie underwent an abortion in 1979 after she got pregnant while dating the Eagles singer Don Henley. Nicks is the first woman to be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame twice, reflecting her success with Fleetwood Mac and as a solo artist, as a writer and singer of raw, magical songs about love and freedom, including ‘Dreams’, ‘Rhiannon’, ‘Gold Dust Woman’, ‘Landslide’ and ‘Edge of Seventeen’.

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In 1981, Stevie Nicks released her debut solo studio album Bella Donna, which went to #1 on the Billboard 200 and contained ‘Stop Draggin’ My Heart Around’.  This song charted #50 in the UK and it reached #3 in the US.  In 1975, when Stevie Nicks joined Fleetwood Mac, Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers were still known as Mudcrutch, and they wouldn’t gain mainstream success till their 1979 album Damn The Torpedoes which is when Petty and Nicks first met.  Stevie became infatuated with Tom Petty and they eventually developed a four decades-long friendship that grew into one of mutual love and respect for one another, even though it started as a one-way obsession.  Nicks asked Petty half-jokingly if he could write her a song that she could record for her first solo album.  Petty didn’t take her request seriously at first, but Nicks reiterated her request a year…

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11 thoughts on “Stop Draggin’ My Heart Around – Challenge #193

  1. From what I read…she would have joined the Heartbreakers if she could have…she was obviously a huge fan. She probably had a lot to do with Mike Campbell joining Fleetwood Mac a few years ago.

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