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Tom Petty

Posted on 02 October 2017 by Brian Walsh

Tom Petty was found in full cardiac arrest at his Malibu, California mansion Sunday night and was rushed to UCLA Santa Monica Medical Center. He was found to have no brain activity and his family chose to terminate life support Monday (October 2). The Gainesville, Florida native was just short of his 67th birthday. Tom’s interest in rock music began after meeting Elvis Presley on the set of the King’s movie, Follow That Dream” in 1961. He formed a band called the Epics that became Mudcrutch and moved to Los Angeles to record with Shelter Records. Though the band broke up, three of the members formed the Heartbreakers and in 1977, they charted with “Breakdown” (#40). Slowly other hits followed, including “Don’t Do Me Like That” (#10-1980), “Refugee” (#15-1980) and “The Waiting (#19-1981). Tom also reached #3 in 1981 with “Stop Draggin’ My Heart Around”— a duet with Stevie Nicks of Fleetwood Mac. Joining with George Harrison, Roy Orbison, Bob Dylan and Jeff Lynne of ELO, Tom recorded as the Traveling Wilburys (where he was known as Junior Wilbury) and released two hit albums. He appeared in the movies “FM” and “Made In Heaven” and he and the Heartbreakers were inducted into the Rock ‘n’ Roll Hall of Fame in 2002.

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