SIEGEL: "American Girl", "Free Fallin'", "I Won't Back Down" - Tom Petty's songs are part of a rocking playlist for several generations.
Former bandmates, rock "n" roll royalty, and fellow collaborators all reacted with kind words and tributes expressing shock and sadness at their friend's untimely passing.
"I've met a lot of famous musicians, I'll never forget I was in the Atlanta Airport waiting for the flight", said John Stark. In 2008 the band performed the halftime show of Super Bowl XLII - and as recently as 2014, Petty and the Heartbreakers album "Hypnotic Eye" debuted at number one on the Billboard 200.
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The reports led to the scheduling of a memorial at Petty's star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, but that was canceled.
Born Oct. 20, 1950 in Gainesville, he achieved fame with Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers, his band that later received global success.
"The amount of pain you feel will one day be the amount of joy you experience", she wrote. I thought the world of Tom. Petty had plans to retire after this, his final tour with the Heartbreakers. "I mean, 2017 has been a horrific year for music and so, it's close to home".
Director of Collections at the Big House Richard Brent says Blair's sister married Gregg Allman, so the two bands shared a friendship over the years.
Singer-songwriter Ryan Adams took to Twitter to share an image of Petty with the caption: "You couldn't have left more dreams here for us". Despite his easy-going, affable persona, Petty endured a rough childhood, living in poverty with an alcoholic, abusive father and a mother who was in fear of her husband.