The world lost a legend on October 2nd, 2017. Rocker Tom Petty died peacefully after suffering cardiac arrest at 8:40pm PT surrounded by his family, bandmates and friends. He was a well known rock star from the 1970s to the 1980s. Originally from Florida, Petty took an interest to rock by learning to play the guitar. Nowadays, his songs have catchy lyrics and are known by many. But how much do you actually know about the beloved rock star? Here are 14 Tom Petty facts that you may be interested in.
1. Tom Petty was against the increase in album prices. Originally his album was $8.98, but his record label wanted to charge $1 more for his album. He refused to release it and finally they caved.
2. Tom Petty took guitar lessons from Don Felder of The Eagles.
3. He also had his own XM radio station.
4. In 1999, the band received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
5. He also provided the opening music on the NBA Playoffs and Finals broadcasts on ABC Sports and ESPN with the Heartbreakers in 2006.
6. Sam Smith, singer of the song “Stay With Me” recently settled with Tom Petty for copying his song, “I Won’t Back Down”. He is now required to pay Tom Petty 12.5% for a writing credit.
7. His net worth is over $75 million dollars.
8. Tom Petty had been known to perform under the stage names Charlie T. Wilbury, Jr. and Muddy Wilbury.
9. The video for “You Got Lucky” was inspired by Clint Eastwood movies.
10. He was Luanne Platter’s husband on King Of The Hill.
11. In 1987, his house was destroyed by a fire caused by arson. His trademark hat was destroyed in this fire too.
12. He was also an actor. He has made cameos in films like FM and Made in Heaven, but had a more substantial part in Kevin Costner’s film, The Postman.
13. He was once denied. Tom Petty’s first solo album, Full Moon Fever, is certified five-times Platinum, but it was originally turned down by his record company.
14. He was an advocate for marijuana legalization. One such effort is the reggae-ish song “Don’t Pull Me Over,” a protest song in support of legalized pot.
Tom Petty is known for his casual behavior and incredible desire to play good music. At 64 years old, I think it is safe to say he has made an impact on this world with his music. Be honest, how many of these Tom Petty facts did you actually know?
RIP, Tom Petty. Thank you for being such a huge influence on my generation.