It covers his year span of studio albums with his beloved Heartbreakers, the best of his solo work and of course his time as a member of perhaps the most impromptu supergroup of them all, the Traveling Wilburys. With the group on hiatus, Petty assumed the guise of Charlie T. In , the Wilburys returned with the playfully-titled second album Vol. His voice may have been stilled, but his musical legacy will live long. Tom Petty you have been such an important influence in my life, your songs were there for me. Thank you for your music. Go rest in peace,your job here is done and you left your mark on all our hearts. Love you always my friend. I grew up listening to Tom Petty.
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The year-old singer, who passed away Monday, leaves a rock 'n' roll songbook that stayed dependably strong over decades of music-making. And, at his best, Petty could pack an emotional punch using fewer words and simpler riffs than nearly all of his rock peers. Below, revisit some of our favorites from one of rock's most accomplished icons. From his earliest hits, Tom Petty had a cause to rail against. Refugee , from his classic Damn the Torpedoes , was originally written as a missive against the music industry, but its fist-shaking anthemics far transcend whatever label squabbles Petty was involved in at the time. There are the Tom Petty hits that punch you in the stomach, and then there are tracks like The Waiting , with instantly-recognizable choruses built for mindless radio singalongs. But when was the last time you really listened to The Waiting? But the very best part of American Girl is the third verse that never appears, leaving the listener out on the balcony as its rambunctious guitars fade to silence, cheating us out of our heroine's happy ending.
Tom Petty , who died on Monday, was one of the quintessential American rock stars of the late 20th century. The remarkable streak of hit singles he wrote and recorded between and — mostly with his band, the Heartbreakers, but at times on his own or in collaboration with other artists — guaranteed that anyone who listened to the radio or turned on a television in those years knows at least a few of his songs by heart. But the accessibility of Mr. Here are 14 tracks that give a sense of the breadth of his catalog. The music is pure bar-band boogie, reflecting his journeyman years in Gainesville, Fla. Petty was doing much the same thing from well within the mainstream. In one of his most devilishly effective lead vocal performances, he made a needling sense of resentment sound like the most liberating thing in the world. The betrayal in Mr. At this stage in his career, he sang often about feeling ill-treated, but never with quite the electric charge heard here. That led to songs like this FM radio staple, where you can hear Mr.
Please refresh the page and retry. T om Petty has died, aged To celebrate his life, Telegraph music critic Neil McCormick selects the rock legend's 10 greatest tracks. His work was sleek and economical, framed in traditional verse chorus structures, but always carrying within it surprising twists, and sketching narratives with hidden depths. Backed by the Heartbreakers, he could deliver those songs with real power and dynamic reach.