Tom Petty dies at 66: 'Free Falling'

Updated Tuesday 3 October 2017 15:24
1989's "Free Fallin" appeared on Petty's debut solo album, "Full Moon Fever," and peaked at No. 7 on the Billboard Hot 100. Originally, Petty began singing the song's first verse ("She's a good girl, loves her mama Loves Jesus and America too") just to make Jeff Lynne laugh, Billboard reported. "With 'Free Fallin'' I was very lucky, because it came very quickly and we recorded that song in a day," he said.

However, the singer once told Esquire that the song's popularity dulled it a bit for him, personally. "Maybe it would be one of my favorites if it hadn't become this huge anthem," he said, "but I'm grateful that people like it."...

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