CSX Classic Cuts

The late, great Tom Petty , along with the Heartbreakers, played what ended up being their final show at DTE on July 18.

WCSX Classic Cuts

Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers: “A Woman in Love (It’s Not Me)”

The Hook: Bassist Ron Blair wasn’t around, but a bass legend, Duck Dunn, was, so he played on it.

Album: Hard Promises

Year: 1981

Writers: Tom Petty and Mike Campbell

Stats: Peaked at number-5 on Billboard’s Album Rock Tracks chart and number-79 on the Hot 100 singles chart.

Background: Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers’ keyboardist Benmont Tench says he 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.

Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers keyboardist Benmont Tench on the band’s guest bassist for “A Woman in Love (It’s Not Me),” the late Duck Dunn of Booker T. and the MG’s. OC:…he did. :28

“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.”