During the week the late legendary guitarist and singer Tom Petty would celebrate his 73rd birthday, two new songs composed by him and The Heartbreakers were released. Called “What’s the Matter With Louise” (only available on Amazon Music) and “Mystery of Love” from the Mojo Sessions. As a celebration for Petty’s birthday, the Wildflowers documentary “Somewhere You Feel Free” was released on Prime Video.
Hear the new Tom Petty song “Mystery of Love”
Tom Petty was born in Gainesville, Florida in 1950 and started his musical career in 1967. His partnership with The Heartbreakers started in 1976 and their first album was released in the same year. During his career, 13 studio albums were released as the leader of The Heartbreakers, 3 as a solo artist, 3 with his previous band Mudcrutch and 3 with the supergroup Traveling Wilburys. That group had the incredible line-up formed by Tom Petty, Jeff Lynne (Electric Light Orchestra), Bob Dylan, George Harrison (The Beatles) and Roy Orbinson.
From the 70s until 2010s, the musician had sold an estimated amount of more than 80 million records worldwide. He was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame with The Heartbreakers by Bob Dylan’s son and Wallflowers vocalist Jakob Dylan in 2002. The musician said in his speech: “All of his songs are bursting with his unique spirit”.
Tom Petty passed away in 2017 at the age of 66 due to multisystem organ failure due to resuscitated cardiopulmonary arrest due to mixed drug toxicity. Some of his most famous albums with The Heartbreakers are “Damn the Torpedoes” (1979), “Hard Promises” (1981) and “Into the Great Wide Open” (1991). Petty also had successful solo records like “Full Moon Fever” (1989) and “Wildflowers” (1994). His final album was “Hypnotic Eye”, released in 2014. Since then five posthumous albums were released, the most recent one being “Angel Dream (Songs and Music from the Motion Picture ‘She’s the One’)” (2021)