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Tom Petty Picks Elvis Presley Songs That Influenced His Music

“Elvis became the soundtrack of my early years”

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When Tom Petty was 10, his uncle got a job on the set of Elvis Presley’s 1962 film Follow That Dream, and Petty stopped by. “He arrived in a fleet of white Cadillacs,” Petty says. “People were screaming, handing records over a chain-link fence for him to sign. I remember his hair was so black that the sunshine was glowing off of it. Just a nod and a hello made your skin tingle. I was high for weeks. It lit a fever in me to get every record I could, and I really digested it. Elvis became the soundtrack of my early years.”

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