Bruce Springsteen Tweets That He's 'Devastated' Over Tom Petty's Death

Jay Jacobs
October 4, 2017

He died peacefully at 8:40 p.m., surrounded by family, his bandmates and friends, according to Tony Dimitriades, longtime manager for Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers.

Whether it be when he headlined the super bowl, guest starred on "The Simpsons", played a recurring role on "King of the Hill", or snuck that track or two on our playlists, Petty's relevance never seemed to waiver.

In his lifetime, Petty had sold more than a whopping 80 million records worldwide, proudly making him one of the best-selling music artistes of all time.

Petty's albums included "Damn the Torpedoes", "Hard Promises" and "Full Moon Fever", although his first No. 1 did not come until 2014 and "Hypnotic Eye". Full Moon Fever went on to sell more than five million copies in the US, according to the RIAA. "Costello's good, but I wouldn't call him Elvis".

Tom Petty was a pure product of America, one of the greatest rock "n" roll songwriters and performers this country's ever produced, and as far as I can tell, he's the end of the line. He also curated "Tom Petty Radio", a station on SiriusXM satellite radio where he hosted his own "Buried Treasure" show.

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The frontman of The Heartbreakers Petty indented up three Grammy wins and 18 nominations and was enlisted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2002.

Although he wasn't credited alongside the likes of Michael Jackson and Madonna as a pioneer of the MTV era, Petty and The Heartbreakers definitely made their mark on the channel formerly known as Music Television and its Video Music Awards.

After the third album, I moved on to R.E.M. and Petty moved on to "Southern Accents", and we lost each other for a while. His father, an insurance salesman, beat him, expressing disappointment that he was a "mild-mannered kid who was interested in the arts". "I think faith is very important just to get through life". Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers came bursting onto the scene in 1976 with their self-titled debut album which featured their hit single "American Girl". He also acted, often as himself, which is the case with this funky cameo in The Postman - a movie I feel a lot more people would have watched if they only knew Tom Petty would be in it. Naturally, Petty's anthem gives him the ideal outlet to celebrate his much-needed victory. I don't want to spend my life on the road. "This man delivered a wealth of great songs to his fans and to the world and that is something to celebrate".

Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers star on Hollywood Walk of Fame in Hollywood California. Tench went on to pitch the song to J. Geils Band's Peter Wolf before mentioning it to Iovine, who loved it. Not Tom Petty please. We knew the words to every song by heart, and I'm surprised we didn't wear a hole in the CD listening to "Learning to Fly" on repeat. "I'm lucky they still let me live in this neighbourhood", he said. "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".

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