Gainesville Native, Rock Star Tom Petty Remembered

Local musician remembers rocker Tom Petty

Local musician remembers rocker Tom Petty

"He died peacefully at 8:40pm PT surrounded by family, his bandmates and friends".

By the mid-80s, Petty joined the league of big stars of rock n roll, touring and collaborating with the likes of Bob Dylan and the Grateful Dead.

Between 2004 and 2009, Tom Petty supplemented his rock and roll career with a surprising side gig, voicing the character Lucky on Mike Judge's beloved animated show, King of the Hill. He and the Heartbreakers had just completed a 40th anniversary tour, which included a headline performance at British Summer Time in Hyde Park in July.

The "Mary Jane's Last Dance" singer achieved fame as the frontman for Tom Petty and the Hesrtbreakers in the 1970s.

As they commemorate the legend by playing a few *extra* Petty tracks on the radio today, Paul and Al say his music will live on forever.

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Fellow artists and celebrities took to social media to grieve Petty's death.

The song is perfectly Petty and The Heartbreakers, in peak form.

In a show called "Rock Israel", MTV chronicled part of Petty's trip to the Holy Land, which the rocker described as a whirlwind.

Missoula Classic Rock station Z-100 paid tribute to Petty Tuesday morning by having callers share some of their favorite songs and memories.

MELISSA BLOCK, BYLINE: I want to talk to you about the Heartbreakers. Here, we're gonna do one of your songs.' I was hoping it would meet his approval, and he loved how we did it. Being a Country musician myself, I admire what he did for the genre. The Beacon Theatre in NY, which hosted Petty and the Heartbreakers for a five-show residency in 2013, paid its respects in lights. Cameron Crowe, the director behind films such as Say Anything, Jerry Maguire and Almost Famous, tells host Tom Power that he would have never picked up a camera if it wasn't for Petty. You would meet people from every sort of corner of the music scene that we all agreed on Tom Petty.

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