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    Tom Petty would have turned 67 today(Friday). Of all the songs on Full Moon Fever, "Runnin' Down a Dream" comes closest to the typical Heartbreakers sound. That's not surprising, considering Heartbreakers' guitarist Mike Campbell came up with the distinctive opening guitar riff. Here is Tom Petty on his own approach to songwriting.
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  • Anthem for students
    Is it the National anthem that’s not the actual National Anthem?  Alice Cooper thinks so.  On the 10 year anniversary original Alice Cooper lead guitarist Glen Buxton passing away of complications from pneumonia. That “anthem” would be "School's Out". It made it to number 7 on the Billboard Hot 100 and was the highest charting single by the original Alice Cooper band. Alice says that finding the right subject matter certainly didn't hurt its chances of success.
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  • Record Store Day
    Black Friday is not that far away.  It’s leftover turkey and shopping day. It is also Record Store Day. The folks behind it want to keep the traditional record store alive and so do many artists. It’s all about the vinyl!  That’s why there are lots of releases just for Black Friday November 24th.
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  • Listen to the Music
    In 1972 the first Doobie Brothers song was released.  After you chuckled at the name Doobie (it was the 70s) you noticed Tom Johnston’s unique guitar style.  That was noticed by the Doobies drummer Mike Hossack who would’ve turned 71 today. He was the first to hear the song and that unique guitar before it even had lyrics.  Here is Mike from a 1990s interview:
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  • Stevie, Ringo and Robert

    Everyone is still feeling the sudden loss of Tom Petty. Two of Tom Petty's close friends in the music business, Ringo Starr and Stevie Nicks, have recently offered new remembrances, while Robert Plant, who only met Petty a couple of times, also commented.

    Starr, who kicked off an eight show residency at Planet Hollywood in Las Vegas with his All-Starr Band over the weekend, says he was actually at a meeting in Vegas the day after the October 1st shootings when someone turned to him and said, "Tom Petty's dead. Oh my God! What else can go down? It was a shock. When you first hear it, it's like, 'What...?!' Like when I heard Elvis was dead; It's like, 'What?!' It has to sink in. It was very sad. That's all I can say, really. God Bless him and his family."

    But he isn't actually done. He adds, "I'll miss Tom. Tom was a good friend. I played with Tom, Tom played with me. I got to know him over the years, really got to know him when he was in the [Traveling] Wilburys 'cause of George [Harrison]. All through my career we've lost really great friends, and people who aren't my friends, but were great musicians and writers. In our business we've lost them very young as well. But overall there's still a lot of us out there doing what we do."

    As part of a longer reminiscence, Nicks tells the story of the final show she ever did with Petty and the Heartbreakers. It took place at Hyde Park in London this July and was also the last time she saw Petty. She recalls rehearsing their duet on "Stop Draggin' My Heart Around" in the dressing room, saying, "We went through it a couple of times. It was funny – you play a wrong chord, and everybody's eyes go straight up. We didn't know it as well as we thought we did."

    She also recalls watching Petty's set from the side of the stage with Shania Twain and both of them singing along at the top of their lungs. She says she looks back on it as "a magical moment," with Twain getting "to stand there with me and watch my boys."

    Asked for his thoughts on Petty, Plant says, "It’s a tough call to ask a musician how they feel about another musician passing. It was premature, by far, and really a sad departure from all these musicians who brought so much pleasure to people -- and for his family to have to go through any kind of public show of grief or sentimentality is very difficult." He also recalls the difficulty Led Zeppelin had dealing with the loss of drummer John Bonham, who was just 32 years old when he passed away 37 years ago. "We were only kids then and there’s no amount of talking or paying respects that can bring anybody back, especially somebody who goes so sadly with so many years left to roll really."

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