Tom Petty Dead At 66: Rock World In Shock

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Tom Petty Dead at 66
TMZ first reported that the rocker was rushed to the hospital last night after he was found unconscious at his Malibu home and in full cardiac arrest – he was not breathing. When he got to the hospital he had no brain activity and they pulled life support.

Petty was born and raised in Gainesville, Florida. He had the Rock ‘n Roll bug pretty bad forcing him to leave high school early. Elvis was partly to blame. He met the king at a film shoot when he was just 10 – His uncle was working on an Elvis film and invited his nephew to the shoot.

With The Heartbreakers he hit the Top 40 with “Don’t Do Me Like That” in 1979, “Refugee” the following year, “You Got Lucky” in 1982, In 1985 “Don’t Come Around Here No More,” In 1989 he had three big solo hits, “I Won’t Back Down,” “Runnin’ Down a Dream” and “Free Fallin’,” He had another fertile period in the early/mid 90’s with “Mary Jane’s Last Dance, “You Don;t Know How It Feels and American Girl.
Petty had 8 album reach the Top 10 Including 1979’s “Damn the Torpedoes,” “Hard Promises” two years later, “Long After Dark” in 1982” 1985’s “Southern Accents” and his last three, “The Last DJ” from 2002, “Mojo” in 2010 and “Hypnotic Eye” reached #1 in 2014.

In 1988 Petty was part of the Traveling Wilbury’s along with George Harrison, Bob Dylan, Roy Orbison and Jeff Lynne.

I first paid attention in 1979 with “Damn The Torpedoes”..I immediately noticed an almost too-relaxed whiskey soaked southern charm in that voice.

John Beaudin has been in major market radio (Edmonton, Vancouver & Calgary) for 33 years and a music journalist since 1989. He graduated from Broadcasting school as a news man so he would have the skills to write about the artists that inspired him since he bought his first album, “Madman Across The Water” by Elton John as a teen. In the 80’s Beaudin was the host of the syndicated radio show “The Cross Canada Report” which had two version (Rock and A/C). Beaudin was also asked to be a judge at the Juno Awards (Canada’s answer to the Grammys) Twice. He has anchored every position in radio including morning and afternoon drive and was a Program and Music Director for The Breeze and California 103 in Calgary. He currently hosts the popular Lovesongs at QM-FM in Vancouver and on iHeartRadio.

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