Tom Petty a major part of California’s music scene – embodying California cool, hip, irreverent, in your face, naughty but nice, happening, of the 70’s.
He formed the band, Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers in the mid-1970s.
Wrote many of its best-known, best selling, records.
His voice distinctive, grainy, with a Florida drawl.
Never much of a showman he let the music speak for itself, entertaining fans all over the world.
Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers grew out of another band, Mudcrutch, he joined as a teenager in Gainesville, Fla.
Petty sold more than 80 million records, making him one of the best selling artists ever.
One of his classics – Free Fallin.
The other – I Won’t Back Down.
Petty died in 2017 of an accidental drug overdose.