Petty was one of the background soundtracks to my high school and college years (1976 - 1985). Ubiquitous on the radio, parties, dances. Unlike many artists of the time, I didn’t turn the radio off when his songs came on, although I didn’t buy many of his albums until my late 20’s and 30’s.
I always thought that most of his songs were based on simple rhythms and sounded a lot alike … but each one still sounded unique. I can listen to them back-to-back for an hour.
I’m always amazed at rock musicians who can keep being relevant for decades. Sorry he’s gone so (relatively) young.
I hijacked my wife’s Sirius radio the past 2 days, turned off the Broadway channel, and listened to the Tom Petty channel.