With the passing of the great American rock musician Tom Petty, SilverMedals.net would like to highlight his second-best-selling track, "Free Fallin", which was included on the excellent album Full Moon Fever.
The album was Petty's first solo album (without the Heartbreakers, although Heartbreakers guitarist Mike Campbell appeared frequently on the album) and included many great tracks in addition to "Free Fallin" such as "I Won't Back Down", "Runnin' Down a Dream" (which had a very entertaining video to go along with the song), and a really great cover of the Byrd's song "I'll Feel a Whole Lot Better".
Petty and his writing partner on the album, Jeff Lynne (ELO), wrote and recorded "Free Fallin" in just two days. Three chords (D, G, A along with some muted bar chords), a simple drum beat, an uncomplicated bass line, the song is another fine example of how great songs don't need a lot of frosting to make them good. On the track, Petty played a 12-string guitar, which gave the main rhythm a nice full sound.
A few more "second" facts about Tom Petty:
- Second studio album released by his band Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers — You're Gonna Get It! (1978)
- You're Gonna Get It! was also his second album to go Gold in the U.S..
- Second album to go Platinum in the U.S. — Hard Promises (1981)
- Second solo album, without the Heartbreakers — Wildflowers (1994)