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Hannah Rogers | 04 October, 2017, 01:27

The promoter worked on the Tom Petty And The Heartbreakers' 40th anniversary tour this year. "We're all on the backside of our 60s".

Nowadays, I am much more likely to listen to the Byrdsier T.P. So I was always trying to figure out how to do less, and then that wouldn't work. Petty was there. Maybe he soundtracked your little league games, your first time getting high, your freshman year of college.

With its lyrics about turning up the radio and driving down the highway, "Runnin" Down a Dream" is an ideal road trip song and also reflects Petty's thoughts about rock "n' roll.

The Heartbreakers played an imperative role in the heartland rock movement. "He was a great performer, full of light, a friend, and I'll never forget him".

In 1989, Petty released his first solo album, "Full Down Fever". His catalog is as extensive, wide and diverse as they come. "I think anybody should be able to pick up an instrument and jump around". "My mother and grandmother laid me in my bed, stripped me and they took cotton and alcohol, cleaning these big welts all over my body".

"There's no reason to cry, it's alright", Petty sings on the gorgeous ballad "No Reason to Cry" from 2010's "Mojo". The title of that 1979 album was an indication of its hard birth: When Petty's former record label, Shelter, was sold to MCA, Petty was infuriated and declared that he rejected being "bought and sold like a piece of meat". He eventually reached a new deal with MCA, for better terms.

On Monday evening, the world grieved the loss of rockstar and legend Tom Petty by listening to his music.

The frontman for Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers and member of 1980s powerhouse Traveling Wilburys (along with a solid solo career) also wrote many a song referencing reefer during a music career that spanned more than four decades. Petty inducted Harrison into the Rock Hall in 2004; two years earlier Dylan's son Jakob inducted Petty. Petty had plans to retire after this, his final tour with the Heartbreakers.

Petty's music made an indelible mark on American pop culture, frequently appearing in the soundtracks of movies and TV. "You'd go over and talk and he'd say, 'I've got a drum set.' 'You do?"

Prior to this, Petty's life wasn't a great one.

By 1970, Mudcrutch had moved to Los Angeles with hopes of landing a record contract.

"Music, as far as I have seen in the world so far, is the only real magic that I know", Petty once said during an interview with CNN.

The band released its third album "Damn the Torpedoes" in 1979 which included the breakthrough hit "Refugee". Plenty of other musicians have also covered the 1976 hit, with majority staying very true to the original, including Taylor Swift, Matthew Sweet, Def Leppard and American Idol victor Nick Fradiani. He and the band played an encore of "You Wrecked Me", followed by "American Girl".

The Instagram post is one of many AnnaKim has shared online since her father passed, a lot of them celebrating his legacy and sharing how much she loved him.

"I loved Tom Petty and I covered his songs because I wanted to know what it felt like to fly", John Mayer wrote.

"It was five in the morning, and I was really exhausted".

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