Tom Petty created admired songs like “Free Fallen” which is still covered by other popular artists today. However, before he was Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers, he was lead man of the band Mudcrutch. After being signed to Shelter records, Mudcrutch released their first single. But, sadly it did not show much promise. It was not long before the band had some personal changes and a new outlook. Before they knew it Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers would take center stage. Their 1976 record release would earn them a steady following in England, that of course led right back to the United States. Their second album, You’re goanna Get It!, released in 1978 and was even more successful, reaching No. 23 on the charts.
Despite some legal trouble that occurred when Shelter Records was sold to MCA records, Tom Petty hurdled through, and continued to create music. With that came the 1979 Album, Damn the Torpedoes. It was a smash hit, and shot up to No. 2. The album sold over 3 million copies. “Don’t Do Me Like That”, was a crowd favorite and made it to No. 10 on the singles charts. Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers would continue to create, and in 2014 their album, Hypnotic Eye was their first to make No.1. Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers were inducted into the Rock N Roll Hall of Fame.
While Tom Petty was a southern boy from Gainesville Florida, it seems he was destined for Hollywood, as he performed with stars like Stevie Nicks, George Harrison, Bob Dylan, and Johnny Cash. His success was monumental, even though loss and drug addiction Tom Petty was tirelessly dedicated to his fans and music.
Sadly, at the age of 66 Tom Petty passed away. Tom Petty’s manager, Tony Dimitriades released this statement, “On behalf of the Tom Petty family, we are devastated to announce the untimely death of our father, husband, brother, leader and friend Tom Petty. He suffered cardiac arrest at his home in Malibu in the early hours of this morning and was taken to UCLA Medical Center but could not be revived. He died peacefully at 8:40 p.m. PST surrounded by his family, bandmates, and friends."
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