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Tom Petty's Songs Served As Anthems For Many Generations

06 October, 2017, 00:40 | Author: Kristen Ingram
  • Tom Petty Never Backed Down

Meanwhile, Paul McCartney, who initially sent out a message before Petty's death was confirmed, has posted a new tribute that reads, "Dear Tom, so sad to hear of his passing".

Grammy-winning rocker Tom Petty died Monday after being found unconscious and in cardiac arrest, his manager said. Both of my parents are Gainesville transplants, and a pantheon of Tom Petty albums comprised the bulk of their CD collection that accompanied us on the ride to school, in the drive-thru at McDonald's, or on family trips to state parks. It was also the band's first gold album. That's something Tom Petty told me over the telephone once. "He motivated thousands of guitarists to learn to play just because they wanted to be able to play "Free Fallin".' Count me as one of them".

"I'm always interested in the older music, and I'm still always discovering things that I didn't know about", said Petty, married to Dana York since 2001.

Tom Petty performs on the main stage on day 2 of The Isle of Wight Festival at Seaclose Park on June 22, 2012 in Newport, Isle of Wight.

- Classic Alternative (@altclassic) October 3, 2017He lived Rock & Roll, runnin' down a dream.

Just days earlier, he had eerily spoken about the future of his band Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers, insisting they could not continue if a member died. He approached his songwriting with a director's eye for a compelling narrative, explaining to Billboard previous year, "A good song should give you a lot of images, you should be able to make your own little movie in your head to a good song". Damn the Torpedoes, which included singles like "Don't Do Me Like That" and "Refugee" (my then-girlfriend's favorite song).

Later on, he developed close relationships with the likes of Bob Dylan, Johnny Cash, Roy Orbison and George Harrison, who looked upon Petty as their equal even though he initially was awed by their presence.

The world changed more than Petty did over the past few decades, even his marriage to Jane Benyo (with whom he had two children) broke up and he battled heroin addiction in the '90s. From our opening act in the seventies to becoming a brilliant songwriter and performer I have loved his music.

"Excuse me if I have some place in my mind/Where I go time to time", he sang in 1994's "It's Good to be the King".

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