Fellow musicians and fans started posting remembrances on Twitter Monday afternoon, but it was soon announced that stories announcing the singer's death had been retracted, leaving many to express uncertainty on social media. He sank into heroin addiction in the '90s, though we only know the details of that from a more recent biography by Warren Zanes.
"The American Girl is just one example of this character that I write about a lot", Rolling Stone quotes Petty saying about the song. Thank you for the music Tom Petty, may you Rest In Peace. Petty had an impish grin and playful drawl, and in concert he raised his arms to direct both his band and the thousands of fans singing along from the audience. They chose this song as their entrance music as they built to the ultimate goal of winning it all.
Tom Petty was a founding member of Tom Petty and The Heartbreakers, Mudcrutch, and the supergroup Traveling Wilburys (Featuring other lost rock icons, George Harrison and Roy Orbison). Following his death, Coldplay, who was playing a show in Portland, Oregon, invited former REM guitarist Peter Buck on stage to perform a rendition of the 1989 Tom Petty classic, "Free Fallin".
This 1993 song actually first appeared on the band's "Greatest Hits" album.
Born in Gainesville, Florida, Petty has infused his brand of rock "n" roll with Southern influences and a dark lyrical sense, with songs of small-town Americans striving but facing roadblocks.
Since her rant against Rolling Stone, Violette has gone on to share her grief with her 24,700 followers on Instagram, posting almost two dozen pictures of her tear-stricken face, as well as promotional and behind-the-scenes shots of her father.
After finding initial success in England, the group's second album, titled You're Gonna Get it!, turned Petty into a superstar in the U.S.
However, in 1997, Tom Petty fell on hard times. Naturally, Petty's anthem gives him the ideal outlet to celebrate his much-needed victory. "I don't say that I can fly, I'm learning".
In 2014, Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers released its 13th studio album, "Hypnotic Eye".