Tom Petty and the Legends Who Loved Him
    • WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 04, 2017

    • Posted by: Annie Brinich

    [Photo Credit: Baeble Music]

    The world lost Tom Petty on Monday night. As we look back on the career of the rock superstar, one thing becomes clear: he was an excellent co-worker. His many, many collaborations included work with people who are unarguably the greatest musicians of the last fifty years. For your viewing pleasure, we've compiled a list of his many friendships and collaborations through the years.

    1. Stevie Nicks & Tom Petty


    Petty and Stevie Nicks worked together frequently over the years, starting with their 1981 duet "Insider" on Tom Petty & the Heartbreaker's album Hard Promises. They struck gold later with their duet "Stop Draggin' My Heart Around." And considering how often they toured and performed together, it's clear they enjoyed each other's music and friendship.

    2. Bob Dylan & Tom Petty


    Bob Dylan invited Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers to tour with him in 1985. On their 1987 album Let Me Up (I've Had Enough), Dylan and Petty collaborated to write "Jammin'." They would later record and tour together with the supergroup The Traveling Wilburys. Speaking of which...

    3. George Harrison & Tom Petty


    Tom Petty mentioned repeatedly in interviews that the Beatles were a source of inspiration to him as a young musician. Imagine how thrilled he was when none other than George Harrison invited him to join the band The Traveling Wilbury, composed of Harrison, Dylan, Jeff Lynne, and Roy Orbison. Fun fact: apparently George Harrison also showed up once at Petty's house with an actual car full of ukuleles.

    4. Bruce Springsteen & Tom Petty


    Springsteen tweeted his devastation at Petty's passing earlier today. There's some very rough footage of Bruce Springsteen playing with Tom Petty available on YouTube, and the two musicians, whose popularity began to rise during roughly the same era of music, were no doubt close. Springsteen said in another tweet that "whenever we saw each other...it was like running into a long-lost brother."

    5. Prince & Tom Petty


    The above video is triply sad: Petty is gone, Prince is gone, and they played together to commemorate George Harrison, who is gone. Though Petty and Prince may not have been close collaborators, Petty clearly admired Prince, stating in an interview about the performance that "You see me nodding at him, to say, ‘Go on, go on,'" he said. "I remember I leaned out at him at one point and gave him a ‘This is going great!' kind of look. He just burned it up. You could feel the electricity of ‘something really big's going down here.'"

    6. Johnny Cash & Tom Petty


    Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers played on Cash's 1996 album Unchained. In 2000, Cash released the album American III: Solitary Man, on which he covered Petty's "I Won't Back Down", with Petty accompanying him on the recording. Though Petty's original version of the song is spectacular, Cash's cover, given the singer's personal struggles, is stunning as well.

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