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Yes, it’s true, Tom Petty died

By Donna Westfall – October 4, 2017 –

Tom Petty, picture credit to Ray Chavez/Bay Area News Group

66 year old musician, Tom Petty, did indeed die of cardiac arrest in Santa Monica on October 2nd. Due to some initially confusing reports, it was not clear what happened to him. As recently as August, he canceled some performances in Berkeley’s Greek Theatre due to laryngitis and bronchitis. But, like the trooper he was, he was back on stage a week later.

Considered a rock and roll legend and Hall of Famer, he received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in 1999.  He and his group completed their 40th anniversary tour in September.

He moved from Florida to Los Angeles in 1974 starting his musical career by starting a band known a The Epics, then that morphed into being the lead singer and featured member of Mudcrutch, Later he became the founding member (and only blonde) of the rock supergroup The Traveling Wilburys.  And Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers are now history. 

One of my favorite songs is “I Won’t Back Down,” which has become a theme song.  Here are some of the lyrics:

Well, I won’t back down
No, I won’t back down
You can stand me up at the gates of hell
But I won’t back down
No, I’ll stand my ground
Won’t be turned around
And I’ll keep this world from draggin’ me down
Gonna stand my ground
And I won’t back down
(I won’t back down)
Hey, baby, there ain’t no easy way out
(I won’t back down)
Hey, I will stand my ground
And I won’t back down
Well I know what’s right
I got just one life
In a world that keeps on pushin’ me around
But I’ll stand my ground
And I won’t back down
(I won’t back down)
Hey, baby, there ain’t no easy way out
(I won’t back down)
Hey, I
Rest in peace, Tom Petty.

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