Bob Dylan pays tribute to Tom Petty with 'Learning to Fly' cover


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Bob Dylan closed out a Saturday night show in Colorado with a faithful cover of "Learning to Fly" by Tom Petty, who died earlier this month at age 66.

Dylan and Petty began collaborating in the '80s. They went on to tour together and also recorded music as the Traveling Wilburys with George Harrison, Electric Light Orchestra's Jeff Lynne, and Roy Orbison. The supergroup released their debut album in 1988 and their second in 1990.

"I thought the world of Tom,” Dylan told Rolling Stone shortly after Petty’s death. "He was a great performer, full of the light, a friend, and I'll never forget him."

Petty was laid to rest last Monday in a private service held at a lakeside shrine and meditation garden in Los Angeles.

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About Tom Petty

Thomas Earl Petty (October 20, 1950 – October 2, 2017) was an American musician, singer-songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, and record producer. Petty served as the lead singer of Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers. He was also a member and co-founder of the late 1980s supergroup the Traveling Wilburys, and his early band Mudcrutch.

Petty recorded a number of hit singles with the Heartbreakers and as a solo artist. In his career, he sold more than 80 million records worldwide, making him one of the best-selling music artists of all time. In 2002, Petty was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. He died, aged 66, of cardiac arrest on October 2, 2017.

About Bob Dylan

Bob Dylan ( born Robert Allen Zimmerman; May 24, 1941) is an American poetic songwriter, singer, painter, writer, and Nobel prize laureate. He has been influential in popular music and culture for more than five decades. Much of his most celebrated work dates from the 1960s, when his songs chronicled social unrest. Early songs such as "Blowin' in the Wind" and "The Times They Are a-Changin'" became anthems for the Civil Rights Movement and anti-war movement. Leaving behind his initial base in the American folk music revival, his six-minute single "Like a Rolling Stone", recorded in 1965, enlarged the range of popular music.


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