Tom Petty to receive posthumous doctorate in music from the University of Florida – .

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Tom Petty to receive posthumous doctorate in music from the University of Florida – .


Tom Petty will receive a posthumous doctorate in music from the University of Florida, after its board of trustees unanimously voted to honor the late rocker.
The leader of the Heartbreakers was born and raised in Gainesville, where the school is located. He didn’t really go to school, but according to the Associated press, he worked there as a gardener before becoming famous.

Petty’s previous band, Mudcrutch, also performed frequently in the Gainesville area in the early 1970s, before moving to Los Angeles and transforming into Heartbreakers.

No further information was revealed on when the doctorate was awarded or whether there will be a ceremony.

Following Petty’s death from an accidental overdose in October 2017, the University of Florida paid tribute to his hometown hero by performing his song “I Won’t Back Down” in his upcoming home game. American football team, the Florida Gators.

The tribute has since become a stadium-wide singing tradition. Four years after Petty’s death, Gators fans continue to sing “I Won’t Back Down” in every home game, including a celebratory chant in the squad’s first game in the Pandemic Era. vs. Alabama Crimson Tide. You can see clips below.

Last month a new documentary was released about the making of Tom Petty And The Heartbreakers’ album “Wildflowers” in 1994.

Tom Petty: Somewhere You Feel Free – The Making of Wildflowers revolves around a collection of 16mm archives that were only discovered last year.

It follows the icon who died from 1993 to 1995 during the making of his flagship album, which was produced by Rick Rubin and features new interviews with guitarist and album co-producer, Heartbreakers Mike Campbell, keyboardist Benmont Tench and more Again.

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