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October 4, 2017


In 77, Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers

hit the UK Charts with ‘Anything That’s Rock ‘N’ Roll’.

Also in 77 their ‘American Girl’

made the Top 40 scroll.


In 81, joining with Stevie Nicks

came ‘Stop Draggin’ My Heart Around’,

and in 85 ‘Don’t Come Around Here No More’

entered  Top 50 ground.


Going solo in 89 – ‘I Won’t Back Down’

became his highest UK hit.

and ‘Runnin’ Down A Dream’ & ‘Free Fallin’

fans loved more than just a bit.


In 91 came ‘Learning To Fly’

and in 92 ‘Too Good To Be True’

Followed in 93 by ‘Something In The Air’

and in 94 ‘Mary Jane’s Last Dance’, on cue.


Florida’s ‘own’ Tom Petty –

So talented and versatile.

May your journey ‘Into The Great Wide Open’ 

be welcomed with a huge smile,


by those who have gone before you,

impatient to make their next song. –

Those ex Traveling Wilbury faces

with their guitars still strummin’ strong.


Keep doing what you do best –

‘Rock on in style Tom Petty.


written by

Harriet Blackbury


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