Tom Petty said George Harrison helped get 'Free Fallin' recorded

Tuesday, May 10, 2022

Before Tom Petty and George Harrison worked together in The Traveling Wilburys, Petty wrote one of his most popular tunes, “Free Fallin.'” He recorded the song and showed his record company, but they rejected it. That didn’t fly with George. The ex-Beatle worked his magic, and suddenly a famous record executive was interested in it.In 2017, Petty was honored at the MusiCares Person of the Year Gala. In his acceptance speech, The Heartbreakers frontman talked about his music career. He looked out into the crowd and gave shout-outs to record executive Mo Ostin and George’s widow, Olivia Harrison. Seeing them reminded Petty of when George helped get “Free Fallin'” made.



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