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Canadian artists mourn loss of Tom Petty

03 Octubre 2017, 09:53 | Fidele Alvizo

Canadian artists mourn loss of Tom Petty

Canadian artists mourn loss of Tom Petty

Of the countless tributes that have poured in since the passing of rock icon Tom Petty, none have been more heartfelt that those coming from his daughter, AnnaKim Violette Petty, who took to Instagram Monday to share pictures of her father with his legions of fans.

But I became a bigger one in the mid-1990s when I was on strike at The Detroit News and we often played his song "I Won't Back Down" at striker rallies.

Only a week before his death Monday night after suffering cardiac arrest, Petty and the Heartbreakers finished a triumphant 40th anniversary tour in his adopted Southern California home. He was 66 and had lived in Los Angeles.

His continued relevance derived in part from Petty's facility for the then-emerging art of music video; some of the singer's elaborately designed clips, such as those for "Don't Come Around Here No More" (a creepy riff on "Alice in Wonderland") and "Free Fallin'" (with its swooping crane shot over Ventura Boulevard) are still among the most recognizable of the MTV era. To the 11-year-old Petty, this was a turning point-his meeting with destiny.


Peter Gabriel, the lead singer and flautist of Genesis, remembered Tom Petty for his kindness, generosity, and excellence as an artist. And he was in the Traveling Wilburys with Dylan, George Harrison, Jeff Lynne, and Roy Orbison. "Thanks for honoring Las Vegas and Tom Petty tonight".

The almost four-hour rock doc on Petty from 2007, Runnin' Down a Dream, directed by Peter Bogdanovich and available on Netflix, provides insight as to why his fans stay loyal. Petty wore a Cubs jersey with his name on the back for the encore. Some people love his music; others just hear one of his many, many hits on the radio and say, "Oh yeah, that's a really good song".

Petty's music made an indelible mark on American pop culture, frequently appearing in the soundtracks of movies and TV. Through decades of performing, Petty and the Heartbreakers steered clear of elaborate showmanship to let their songs and their musicianship speak for themselves. I love "One Story Town", "Deliver Me", and "You Got Lucky", the subject of the Heartbreakers' first major video.

To call Petty prolific is a massive understatement.


They spent 53 days touring and Petty described how he would still get nervous before hitting the stage.

The rocker's songs-soulful, raw, nasal-voiced, never flashy-sound best emanating from a rusty dive-bar jukebox late at night, or blasting from your vehicle radio during a highway joyride.

Over his career, Petty released three solo albums and 13 albums with Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers. Petty also acted in Kevin Costner's classic film The Postman.

According to several biographical sources, Petty married his second wife, Dana, in 2001. His 1993 Greatest Hits album has 18 tracks, and you know at least 16 of them.


In 1991, Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers released their album "Into the Great Wide Open", which included the single "Learning to Fly". "There could be a self-contained unit that wrote, recorded and sang songs". I have a granddaughter now I'd like to see as much as I can.



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