RIP rock legend Tom Petty, hear our tribute
Rock legend Tom Petty is the voice behind some of the greatest rock music to have ever graced the airwaves, mega classic rock hits like Free Fallin', I Won't Back Down, Learning To Fly, Mary Jane's Last Dance, American Girl, Refugee and Breakdown.
And like so many of his fellow musicians who live fast and die young, his death at 66 was untimely and unexpected. Rolling Stone reports Tony Dimitriades, the manager of Tom Petty & The Heatbreakers, said Petty, "...suffered cardiac arrest at his home in Malibu... and was taken to UCLA Medical Centre but could not be revived. He died peacefully... surrounded by family, his bandmates and friends."
Thomas Earl Petty was born in Gainesville, Florida in 1950 and was, according to biography.com, destined for a career in music from a very young age - dropping out of school to join a band, called Mudcrutch when he was 17. The band didn't have huge success but a few years later he reconnected with a couple of his Mudcrutch bandmates to form Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers.
The release of their first album as Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers in 1976 marked the breakthrough from struggling musicians to bona fide rock star status. Petty's distinctive voice and storytelling style of singing about relatable, every day issues with a classic rock, non-synthesised sound defined a genre of rock music.
Petty also had a successful solo career and was part of rock 'supergroup' The Traveling Wilburys alongside legends Bob Dylan, George Harrison, Roy Orbison and Jeff Lynne. He was also an extremely talented songwriter, penning hit after hit for The Heartbreakers, The Traveling Wilburys and for his own solo catalogue.
His songs have been endlessly used in TV shows and movies and are still so relevant with 2017 TV hits Billions, Crashing and The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon all calling on songs written by Tom Petty as part of their soundtracks.
RIP Tom Petty, you are a true music legend. We play tribute via one his greatest songs, Learning To Fly:
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