Vale Tom Petty

October 3, 2017 | Posted by Peter Jakobsen | Modern Music, MUSIC | 3 Comments |

Tom Petty (20 October, 1950 – 2 October, 2017)

Yet another boy from Florida who met Elvis and fell in love with popular music (like Gram Parsons). Tom went the other way to Gram, straight rock ‘n’ roll with a bit of stoner thrown in, with a light, unpretentious but harmonious and full voice. He wrote, or covered, dark tunes such as You Got Lucky, Refugee and Don’t Come Around Here No More, and great, soaring rock anthems like Free Fallin’ (tailor-made for lads like Tom Cruise in Jerry Maguire to bang on their dashboards while driving America’s highways), American Girl (tailor-made for girls from psycho-films like Silence of the Lambs to bang on their dashboards while driving America’s highways), Runnin’ Down a Dream, Learning To Fly, Something in the Air, Stop Draggin’ My Heart Around (with Stevie Nicks) and, the glorious I Won’t Back Down. He was also sublime in the last Larry Sanders Show, getting into a fist-fight with Greg Kinnear. Vale, Tom. Our hearts break for ya.


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    Tim Eastman

    October 18, 2017

    Glad I seen you in Seattle concert this August of this year amazing concert. My heart goes out to your family for there loss now your singing with the angels

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    Lynn Sundvick

    October 18, 2017

    RiP...Thank you for a lot of good times.

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    Jeannie McCoy

    October 18, 2017

    Loved Tom Petty and all his songs since 70's...glad I got to see you live in concert at the Amphitheater.RIP

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