At the Mills Record Company store in Westport, many customers had come in asking about the Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers collection.
As they commemorate the legend by playing a few *extra* Petty tracks on the radio today, Paul and Al say his music will live on forever. I loved that, the desire to hear his music on the radio and the hubris and ambition to put it there.
"Growing up a kid in suburban CT in the late '80s, Tom Petty's music was the only thing like it, both on the radio and on MTV", he writes.
In a statement to Billboard, Hillman writes, "I loved Tom so much".
BLOCK: When you listen to Heartbreakers songs, you can tell from the very first notes what song they are.
"We do expect a certain amount of sales to pick up, it's one of those things people get out and grabbed some music to remember somebody by", Softich said.
"Dumbfounded by it. I just couldn't believe it", Brent said. It's a tremendous thrill. Here, we're gonna do one of your songs.' I was hoping it would meet his approval, and he loved how we did it.
PETTY: Well, you know, because it's kind of like, well, did I do that? You believe what you want to believe. Depending on what's in the vaults, the album might also contain Petty's final recordings as he played harmonica on "Given All I Can See" and guitar on Hillman's version of The Byrds rarity, "Here She Comes Again".
PETTY: Yeah, well, I have done that.
Petty had recently wrapped up a world tour, which included 53 shows in the US, Canada and the UK. "The loss of Tom Petty really hits close to home here in Macon". And when you go out, there's actually something on it.
TRAVELING WILBURYS: (Singing) Well, it's all right.
Meteorologist Dave Curren says that his favorite Tom Petty songs are "American Girl", "Running Down a Dream", and Petty's new song, "Saving Grace". According to his long-time manager, "He died peacefully at 8:40 PM on Monday, surrounded by family, his bandmates, and friends". Sit around and wonder.