He was a real Heartbreaker, the man who wouldn't back down. A thoughtful lyricist, emotive guitar player, and a real American dude. He was inducted into the Rock'n'roll Hall of Fame in 2002, and on Oct. 2, 2017, Tom Petty passed away at age 66.
Born in Gainesville, Fl., Petty fell in love with rock music when he was 10 after a meeting with Elvis. He knew he wanted to start a band after watching The Beatles perform on the Ed Sullivan Show. His band The Heartbreakers brought him around the world, and introduced him to Roy Orbinson, Bob Dylan, George Harrison, and Jeff Lyne, with whom he'd start an '80s supergroup called the Traveling Wilburys.