Remembering Tom Petty
Tom Petty, one of the greatest rock stars of all time, died on Monday, October 2. Petty left a lasting legacy of songs with his band the Heartbreakers, Mudcrutch, and the supergroup The Traveling Wilburys, which also included Bob Dylan, George Harrison, Roy Orbison, and Jeff Lynne. Petty is a staple on classic rock radio stations, and many people have said he has no bad songs
The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame honored Petty by uploading a video of him and the Heartbreakers playing “American Girl.” Petty was inducted as a member of the Heartbreakers in 2002.
The NFL uploaded a video of Petty’s half-time performance at Super Bowl XLVII. Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers performed “American Girl,” “I Won’t Back Down,” “Free Fallin’,” and “Running Down a Dream.”
Petty was 91st on Rolling Stone’s 100 greatest artists of all time. Stevie Nicks from Fleetwood Mac wrote a tribute to him for that piece. 100.7 WZLX, a well-known classic rock station in Boston, played Tom Petty songs for a day to honor him.