On Monday, October 2nd, the music world said goodbye to Tom Petty, a singular talent who transcended generational lines and made his way into the pantheon of rock and roll history.
Petty will be remembered as a singular musical talent through his celebrated work as a singer, songwriter, producer, and bandleader. But while his concrete work will define his legacy as the year’s roll on, Petty’s soothing presence and effortlessly cool demeanor has always been at the center of his beloved persona.
An affable, mild-mannered, soft-spoken man, Petty seemed to exude an air of calmness and grace that simply cannot be taught. He always seemed like a straight shooter, a sincere and good-natured soul. That ethos permeated his career, from his earliest days in the spotlight to his final moments onstage, when he celebrated the 40th anniversary of his now-legendary band with a sold-out run at the Hollywood Bowl.
You can also watch Petty and the Heartbreakers perform “Fooled Again” for the 1977 OGWT appearance below, courtesy of YouTube user tallowmanoldies: