I wasn’t a fan of his work until the Traveling Wilburys. I used to play THAT tape a lot though; I wished I could sing like Roy Orbison on “End of the Line” and “Handle with Care.” Then, playing the tape one day years later, I realized that it was Tom Petty’s vocals that I liked the most across the album. It was kind of a musical conversion experience. But that’s typical of me; late to the party. There’s now a huge swath of my play list that’s his stuff.
Tom Petty will be missed.