I will surely not starting a new series after last evening bonus post about Joy Flemming passing away last week. A lot of country/country-rock was played at my home during the last days and I planned to write something about Jon Langford's latest record when I heard that Tom Petty died on a heart attack at the age of 66. First time I got aware of him was more than 40 years ago when he released his first record with the Heartbreakers. Not that it was very new or similar to the upcoming sound of punk and new wave he was like a link to the old day Westcoast sound. Best shown on American Girl where he played a Bo Diddley inspired riff with the verve of new wave. Since then I followed him an his career. During the last decades he made a lot of wonderful songs and often when I didn't know what to put on my turntable I grabbed out one of his records. I was lucky enough to see him a couple of times live on rare appearances in Germany and still remember his presence on the stage. He was a full-blooded singer and his songs will be his legacy.
Rest well Tom.