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.

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