I note that rock legend Tom Petty left his mortal coil today. I can’t say that I know much about him or indeed his music except that is, for his contribution to my favourite band, that antidote to the modern music industry, The Travelling Wilburys. A group which included Bob Dylan, George Harrison, Jeff Lynne, Roy Orbison and Tom Petty must have something special about it.. and they did.
I first came across the band at a charity dinner in 1990, held at a restaurant in Beauchamp Place, the name of which I have long since forgotten. The dinner was organised by Olivia Harrison in aid of The Romanian Angel Appeal. To be honest, I was a bit out of my league at the dinner but it was nice to be included. I nervously cast my eye down the items in the silent auction which read like a Bond Street Wish List. The auction proper had items that would challenge the pockets of a Lottery winner; holiday for ten in Mustique, that kind of thing. As I say, bit out of my league. Then they played a song on the sound system. By the end of the first verse of ‘Nobody’s Child,’ taken from the soon to be released first Travelling Wilburys album, I had my cheque book out. Song still gets me every time I hear it.
Farewell then Mr Petty and thank you.