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Born and raised in Gainesville, Florida.
According to legend, he made a decision to become a musician when he shakes hands with Elvis Presley in the 1950-ies.
Petty shot to fame as the lead singer and frontman of Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers, which posted a long string of hits in the '70s, '80s and '90s with "Refugee", "The Waiting", "Mary Jane's Last Dance" and more.
The same country-rock band later evolved into the Heartbreakers, which saw much success in 1976 with the album Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers. Some of his classic hits are "American Girl", "Free Fallin'", "Breakdown" and "Listen to Her Heart". "When it comes to his extensive catalog, albums like the masterpiece "Damn the Torpedoes" and the solo album Wildflowers" stand out. In 1988, he joined George Harrison's supergroup The Traveling Wilburys. "There could be a self-contained unit that wrote, recorded and sang songs".
Before embarking on his last tour with The Heartbreakers, Petty told "Rolling Stone" that he thought it might be his last tour. I don't think so. ".I'd be lying if I didn't say I was thinking this might be the last big one", he said.
Petty once said, "I'd like to see us break some new ground and leave some sort of mark on the music". I wanted to hold up on posting something because there were a lot of reports he died, then didn't and was clinging on to his life.
For now, we mourn with the rest of the rock community. I feel like today, the music truly died. One of the great ones.
"No words. Just thanks", Cameron Crowe said.
Rockstar Tom Petty of Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers fame passed away late Monday, according to his manager. He was great performer, full of the l " ght, a friend and I'll never forget him".