Tom Petty is one of the most prolific American singer-songwriters in rock and roll history. With a string of hits from not only his well-known band, Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers, but also his other projects like The Traveling Wilburys and Mudcrutch, the man has been a driving force in the music industry for over 40 years.
Even his solo career has earned him a number of awards, and he has the accolades to go along with it. It was recently established that Petty has sold over 80 Million albums worldwide, several of which have gone Platinum, and in 2002 he was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.
He’s also remained a huge advocate for artistic control and the ability for artists to have free reign over the rights to their art, and has actively sued several companies who he’s felt have tried to take advantage of him and his music.
Suffice to say, Petty is a genuine musical legend, which is why it’s with great sadness that the 66 year old rocker has just been reported as being rushed to the hospital.