Oh man. This one stings. A songwriting genius... A real hero of mine. Never made a bad record. All of them are classics. The last Mudcrutch & Heartbreakers records were excellent. He also wrote great songs for many other artists... particularly "Ways to Be Wicked" by Lone Justice - which is one of my favourite tunes and you won't be reading about that one in the obits, so check it out!
The first 7 Heartbreakers records are totally perfect albums, I always felt Jeff Lynne's production kinda robbed him of the grit the earlier albums had, but he got that back in later years and was on a real career upswing. Listen to "Dreams of Flying" from the last Mudcrutch record, as good as anything he ever recorded... how many guys with a damn near 50 year career could claim that?
RIP #tompetty #tompettyandtheheartbreakers #mudcrutch #lonejustice #riptompetty🎸