Source: ABC NewsTom Petty died of cardiac arrest yesterday, October 2, 2017, at the age of 66. Tom Petty, (Thomas Earl Petty) was born on October 20th 1950, he dropped out of high school at the age of 17 to start a band, inspired by artists like the Beatles and Elvis Priestly. It was through his early bands, like "Mudcrutch", that Petty met the people he would one day work with in his famous and influential band, "Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers". In 1988 Petty joined George Harrison's group "The Traveling Wilburys" with other famous artists like Bob Dylan and Roy Orbison. Petty also released solo albums, one of which, called "Full Moon Fever" included some of his most popular songs, like "I won't back down" and "Free Fallin'". Having sold over 80 million records worldwide, Tom Petty is one of the best selling artists of all time, he was also inducted in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2002. Here is my favorite Tom Petty song, "Wildflowers" and be sure to tune into Pure Rock on Monday through Friday at 3pm on WNJR Washington to hear music by Tom Petty and similar artists.