Loved, loved, LOVED Tom Petty. Great guy. I will miss him. A true legend. I also liked him on Traveling Wilburys - if anyone can post "End of the Line" video. I love when Tom Petty wears that hat. He was something special.
I wish they'd have some tributes to him on tv. I don't see a thing...anyone know of any specials on him?
George Harrison also helped Petty through those rough times and became his best friend.
I love the song "Learning to Fly" and that video clip. Also, "here comes my girl" is a great song and video - I love the way Petty shouts with his booming voice and then changes tempo to sing softly.
He was one of the best singer/songwriters - certainly one of my favorites. He had a great stage presence too - charisma....loved his hair and the clothes - he was a cool looking guy.
I liked a lot of his songs - refugee, free fallin', American Girl, Runnin Down a Dream, I won't back down, Don't do me like that.....and I think one of my favorites is "The Waiting"....but who can really pick a "favorite"? The guy never made a bad song. He was tops in my book. I'm heartbroken that he is gone.
I also like the duet with Stevie Nicks - Stop Draggin My Heart. I liked the video - only because of Petty.
Also - I'm surprised there isn't more coverage and specials on him on tv. He was one of the biggest rock legends EVER.
Tom Petty was one of my favorites. So hard to believe he's gone and just so randomly. It's not like we'd heard that he'd been ill or had open heart surgery or he was in his 90s or something.
As I stated elsewhere, I read Petty's biography last year, and it revealed a lot more about him than I ever knew. When he went to California in the mid-70's, cocaine was the big drug of choice, and they all snorted mountains of it. Petty reputedly never developed a real problem with it (unlike his close friend Stevie Nicks), and made it through that era relatively unscathed.
However, and this was very surprising to me, he later developed a severe heroin problem after a series of personal problem led him to bad bouts of depression. Many of his friends and bandmates thought that he would be dead sooner rather than later, it was that bad. And this was relatively late in life, after the release of the very successful Greatest Hits album in 1993 and the solo album Wildflowers in 1994 and his divorce from his first wife in 1996. He was apparently a complete wreck when they recorded the Echo album in 98-99. Here's a video from that time:
He eventually got clean, partly thanks to his second wife, but you can tell from pictures that this period put a toll on his health. He also started gaining weight after being a beanpole most of his life, and that puts a strain on an already weakened heart. So while I was very saddened by his death, and I wasn't expecting it, it's not too great of a surprise. There was a lot of living in those 66 years.
Had been hearing bits of this song in a commercial and finally figured out it is Harry Nilsson's "Jump Into the Fire." Maybe decades since I've heard it, but it holds up well. In the commercial it sounds like something maybe written today.
Not the greatest sound in this clip from a 1974 horror movie, but it features many a luminary, most of them now gone:
Ricky Nelson - great voice, great looking. For teen idols, I thought David Cassidy was the best teen idol by far. He actually had a larger fan base than the Beatles and Elvis COMBINED. (back in 1971-1972).