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Updated Oct. 2, 2017: Tom Petty has died at age 66. This is one of our favorite memories of the American music legend.





There has been much talk surrounding what Keith Urban and former “American Idol” champion Carrie Underwood would perform at the much-anticipated show finale.

Many had assumed the country pair might debut the song that they recorded together called “The Fighter,” which will be featured on Keith’s upcoming album.

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“Carrie and I toured together a few years ago and every night we’d do a song together,” Keith said in an April 7 press release. “I’ve always loved singing with her. We had written this song, “The Fighter,” that needed a female voice and Carrie’s voice immediately came to mind. I can’t wait for people to hear it – and hope that we get to do it live.”

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Yet, the surprise was on all of us when Carrie and Keith burst onto the “American Idol” finale with a rocking version of Stevie Nicks and Tom Petty’s “Stop Draggin’ My Heart Around.” Both looking as good as ever, the two made country music fans proud with one of the best collaborations of the night.

Tricia Despres is the contributing editor for Rare Country, based out of Chicago, Illinois. Join the conversation on Twitter at @RareCountry. We would love to see y’all there.
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