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filming of Follow That Dream, in
Ocala. Petty's uncle, Earl Jernigan,
was propmaster and arranged for
11-year-old Tommy to meet the
star. He later said, 'Elvis stepped
out as radiant as an angel. He
seemed to glow and walk above
the ground.' So there, along Silver
Springs Boulevard, Tom's rockand-roll dream was born.
"My favorite Tom story was
when he was visiting Roger McGuinn about 10 years ago. Roger
lives in Orlando and suggested
an improptu visit to Walt Disney World. Tom said, "Roger...
there's just no way. I would be
mobbed." - Jim Carlton
"I never met Tom, but I've
loved and admired his music, his
songwriting style, his principles,
the way he made records, the
way his influences took on a
new, improved hybrid persona
as he channeled them. My wife
always puts on Petty playlists and
cranks up the volume whenever
we have friends over, and everybody sings along.
"I always loved his choices of instruments
- the beautiful vintage guitars, his straightfrom-the-heart lyrics. No matter who he's had
as producer, he delivered new and improved
sides of himself as a writer/player/singer/
recording artist. We were all damn lucky to
have him in this life and I miss the hell out
of him." - Tommy Shaw
"Tom's songs have become the soundtrack
to life in the U.S. They shine a light on our
hopes, dreams, and fears, our outrage, and
our collective yearning. I loved his humor,
his swagger, and his heart. He will live on as
a true icon of rock and roll." - Joe Satriani
"I was lucky to hear Tom and the Heartbreakers at their height many years ago, and
became a fan that day. Tom, along with his
influences like the Beatles and the Byrds,
taught me to love the airy, jangly sound of
the electric 12-string. He will be missed by
all - family and friends, bandmates who can
never make beautiful music with him again,
and millions of fans including my wife and
two daughters. It's sad for us all." - Dan
Erlewine
"I've heard Tom referred to as 'the threechord Picasso,' but sometimes he only needed
two. He was integral to my formative years

Petty and the
Heartbreakers
in '77.

and has remained that
to this day - a quarter of my Mt. Rushmore
of American singer/songwriters along with
Seeger, Springsteen, and Mellencamp.
"I saw his next-to-last show at the Hollywood Bowl a week before he passed. The
band was in fine form and Tom was in great
spirits. An hour and a half in, my fiancé turned
to me and said, 'Wow, I can't believe I know
every song. How many hits does he have?'
The repertoire is unmatched, the edge and
swagger were present. He and Mike Campbell
put on a guitar-collector's dream display the
entire evening. You know who the influences
are, and you've heard those guitars and amps
before, but nobody put it all together like
Tom and his band. Fantastic stories beautifully watercolored on a perfectly imperfect
sonic canvas that pushed and pulled like a
real rock-and-roll band should. It was living
and breathing.
"Tom's voice and the band were beacons
from beyond, so much so that when I heard
them on FM radio in my little nowhere town
in Pennsylvania, I knew what I wanted to do
with my life - play guitar, write songs, be in
a band, make records, and hit the road. He
made it look so simple, attainable. The truly
great ones make their magic look so effortless and pedestrian that you believe you can
do it, too. That is, until you actually pick up
a guitar and try. Then you realize the true
magic in those songs.
"We were lucky to have him and his music,
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his badass attitude, and his
heartfelt tenderness. My heart goes out to
his family, loved ones, and his band. Thank
you for the magic, Tom, and the opportunity
to dream. I'm still learning to fly... Rest in
peace." - Keith Nelson
"My first high-school band played mostly
Yardbirds and Kinks stuff - we were out of
time already. But when I heard 'American
Girl' we picked it up right away - the only
modern song we'd play. That was the power
of a great song. As Barry Gibb said, it's the
writers that last, and I think for all Tom's
other contributions that's the heart of it;
decades of to-the-point songs. I can't think
of another rock-and-roll songwriter who so
consistently spanned the eras without drying
up or blanding out." - Peter Kohman
"I first met Tom and the Heartbreakers on
the Dogs With Wings Tour in the summer of
'95. I had just joined Pete Droge's band and
we were their opener for a two-month trek
across the U.S. A fan since day one, I'd seen
them a few times, so I was excited. After our
set, we'd often stay to watch theirs. It was like
going to school. Their energy, the pacing, the
extended jams on songs like 'It's Good To Be
King.' Production and sound were always
stellar, Tom's interaction with the audience
was warm and sincere, his gestures grand.


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