Tom Petty, lead singer of “Tom Petty and The Heartbreakers,” died on Monday, according to a statement from Petty’s longtime manager. Tributes poured infor the rock ’n roll icon as bandmates, musicians and celebrities memorialized the “American Girl” singer. Petty began his careerwith The Heartbreakers in 1976 and earned success with hits like “Free Fallin,” “I Won’t Back Down” and “You Don’t Know How It Feels.”
Along with his hit songs, Petty was instantly recognizable with his long, blond hair, funky shirts and blazers, neck scarves and rotating pairs of sunglasses.
Remember his life, music and rock n’ roll style in the photos below:
Posing in New York in 1976.
Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers pose for a portrait on July 15, 1976 in Los Angeles, CA.
A portrait in New York, 1977.
In his hotel room in New York City, New York, Oct. 7, 1977.
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Performing live at The Winterland Ballroom in 1978 in San Francisco, CA.
Performing at the Riviera Theatre in Chicago Sept. 28, 1978.
Performing with The Heartbreakers on "Saturday Night Live" on Nov. 10, 1979.
Chatting with Los Angeles Times pop critic, Robert Hilburn, backstage at a 1980 Santa Cruz, CA.
Prancing onstage during a Santa Cruz, CA, concert at the Civic Auditorium in 1980.
Relaxing on his tour bus between 1981 concert performances in Chicago, IL.
Posing backstage for pictures following a 1981 concert in Chicago, IL. Petty and his band, The Heartbreakers, were in the middle of a 28-city tour of the U.S.
Performing at Wembley Arena in London on Dec. 7, 1982.
With The Heartbreakers on June 9, 1983.
Jerry Lee Lewis greets guests, including Tom Petty, in his trailer on Jan. 17, 1984 after his concert at the Palomino in Los Angeles, CA.
Performing at the Live Aid Concert on July 13, 1985 at JFK Stadium in Philadelphia, PA.
Bob Dylan and Tom Petty pose for a portrait at Westwood One studios where they are promoting their "True Confessions" tour.
Bob Dylan and Tom Petty in concert on July 22, 1986 in Chicago, IL.
Performing with The Heartbreakers in Brussels, Belgium on Oct. 8, 1987.
With Dolly Parton on "Dolly" in 1987.
With wife Jane Petty at the "Performance of Ringo and the All-Stars" on Sept. 4, 1989 in Los Angeles, CA.
With The Heartbreakers on "Saturday Night Live" on May 20, 1989.
Performing at the Oakland Coliseum on March 6, 1990.
Performing on Feb. 1, 1990 on "Late Night With David Letterman."
Performing on The Great Wide Open Tour in Bloomington, MN on Sept. 4, 1991.
With wife Jane Petty at the ASCAP Music Awards on May 15, 1991 in Beverly Hills, CA.
Performing with The Heartbreakers in Brussels, Belgium in April 1992.
Attending the re-naming party for Def American-American Records on Aug. 27, 1993 in Los Angeles, CA.
Holding an MTV Video Music Award for Best Male Video (for the song "Mary Jane's Last Dance") on Sept. 8, 1994.
At the MTV Video Music Awards in New York City, NY in 1994.
At the 12th Annual MTV Video Music Awards on Sept. 7, 1995 in New York City, NY.
With The Heartbreakers in Minneapolis, MN on Sept. 10, 1995.
During an interview on "The Tonight Show with Jay Leno" on Aug. 5, 1996.
Attending the world premiere of "The Postman" on Dec. 12, 1997 in Burbank, CA.
Accepting an award at the Bammies on March 7, 1998 in San Francisco, CA.
Receiving a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame on April 28, 1999 in Hollywood, CA.
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