In the late 80’s early 90’s, Tom Petty had one of the most successful albums of the period with Full Moon Fever. It’s lead hit, Free Fallin’ is still a staple of rock radio and bar bands.
In the 80’s he had a string of hits that include The Waiting, You Got Lucky, Change of Heart, Don’t Come Around Here No More and So You Want to Be a Rock and Roll Star. He also had collaborative hits with Stevie Nicks and the Traveling Wilburys.
In the 70’s, he produced a debut album, Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers, that had Breakdown and American Girl on it.
In the 60’s, as a teenager growing up in Central Florida, he played in a band with Don Felder, who would find success of his own with The Eagles, and write a little ditty known as Hotel California.
If you’ve never seen him live, Tom Petty puts on a superb show: unpolished yet clean, unpractised sounding yet flawless. He runs a string of hits that surprise you to no end, two hours of songs you know and like but didn’t realize it.
None of it matters.
Tom Petty deserves birthday wishes for 1979’s Damn The Torpedoes. It included the songs Refugee, Here Comes My Girl, Even the Losers and Don’t Do Me Like That. It is a remarkable rock and roll album, rated as all time #313 on Rolling Stones list of 500 all time greatest albums. I rate it much, much higher.
So happy 60th birthday Tom Petty: I would suggest you have a nice rest, but I suspect you don’t do nothing very well.