The song was informed by the political events of the time, specifically the Gulf War, as well as the band dynamics - Into The Great Wide Open was a Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers album, whereas Petty's previous album, Full Moon Fever, was a solo album (although guitarist Mike Campbell played on every song and helped produce it. Pink Floyd beat Petty to the title, releasing their "Learning To Fly" in 1987. Their song was also sparked by aviation argot - lead singer Dave Gilmour was taking flying lessons. On October 21, 2017, Bob Dylan played "Learning to Fly" at First Bank Center in tribute to the recently deceased Tom Petty.
Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers is the debut album by the band of the same name, released on November 9, 1976 by Shelter Records. The album was recorded and mixed at the Shelter Studio in Hollywood, California. Initially following its release, the album received little attention in the United States.
I'm learning to fly, but I ain't got wings Coming down is the hardest thing. Well the good ol' days may not return And the rocks might melt and the sea may burn. Well some say life will beat you down Break your heart, steal your crown So I've started out for God knows where I guess I'll know when I get there. I'm learning to fly, around the clouds But what goes up must come down.
Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers (alternately Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers) were an American rock band from Gainesville, Florida. Formed in 1976, the band originally comprised Tom Petty (lead singer, guitar), Mike Campbell (lead guitarist), Ron Blair (bass guitar), Stan Lynch (drums), and Benmont Tench (keyboards). In 1981, Blair, weary of the touring lifestyle, departed the band. His replacement, Howie Epstein, stayed with the band for the next two decades
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Petty and the Heartbreakers are known for hit singles such as American Girl, Breakdown, The Waiting, Learning to Fly, Refugee, while the heartland rock movement fizzled in the 1990s, the band remained active and popular. They still tour regularly and continue to record albums and their most recent, Hypnotic Eye, was released on July 25,2014. In 2010 he recorded the solo for the song Cyanide on their 2010 album The Dissent of Man, in 2007, he joined a reformed Mudcrutch with Petty, Tench, Tom Leadon and Randall Marsh. In 2008, he played banjo on the track Love Song from the album Earth to the Dandy Warhols by The Dandy Warhols and he played guitar and mandolin on Bob Dylans 2009 album Together Through Life.
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|A||Learning To Fly
Written-By – Jeff Lynne, Tom Petty
|B||Too Good To Be True
Written-By – Tom Petty
- Manufactured By – MCA Records, Inc.
- Phonographic Copyright (p) – MCA Records, Inc.
- Copyright (c) – MCA Records, Inc.
- Published By – Gone Gator Music
- Published By – EMI April Music Inc.
- Producer – Jeff Lynne, Mike Campbell, Tom Petty
NotesFrom the forthcoming Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers album Into The Great Wide Open MCA-10317
℗ 1991 MCA Records, Inc.
©1980 MCA Records, Inc.
Side A: Gone Gator Musc/EMI April Music Inc.
Side B: Gone Gator Music
Barcode and Other Identifiers
- Matrix / Runout (Side A label): MC 35647
- Matrix / Runout (Side B label): MC 35654
- Rights Society: ASCAP
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