Big 95 Music News: Tom Petty's last recording

TOM PETTY:  Chris Hillman album may contain Petty's last recordings

What may be the last recorded music by Tom Petty is featured on an album he produced for former Byrds bassist Chris Hillman.

Bidin' My Time was just released two Fridays ago. Petty plays harmonica on one song and guitar on another. Hillman made this statement to Billboard about Petty: "I loved Tom so much. He was such a blessing in my life. Tom touched everyone with his beautiful music. I am praying for his family, bandmates and friends."

In an earlier interview with the publication, Hillman credited Petty, along with his longtime musical partner Herb Pederson, with convincing him to record again when he didn't think he ever would. Despite the album's low budget, Hillman said making it "was a joy" and that he's "never had as much fun recording."

ROCK AND ROLL HALL OF FAME:  2017 Nominees are in

The nominees for induction into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame in 2018 are, in alphabetical order:

  • Bon Jovi
  • Kate Bush
  • The Cars
  • Depeche Mode
  • Dire Straits
  • Eurythmics
  • J. Geils Band
  • Judas Priest
  • LL Cool J
  • MC5
  • The Meters
  • Moody Blues
  • Radiohead
  • Rage Against the Machine
  • Rufus featuring Chaka Khan
  • Nina Simone
  • Sister Rosetta Tharpe
  • Link Wray
  • The Zombies

Nine of the 19 nominees are on the ballot for the first time. They are:

  • Dire Straits
  • Moody Blues
  • Eurythmics
  • Judas Priest
  • Kate Bush
  • Nina Simone
  • Radiohead
  • Rage Against Machine
  • Sister Rosetta Tharpe

To be eligible for nomination, an individual artist or band must have released its first commercial recording at least 25 years prior to the year of induction. The 2018 Nominees had to release their first official recording no later than 1992. Radiohead and Rage Against the Machine released their first official recordings in 1992.

This year's repeat nominees are:

  • Bon Jovi - second
  • Depeche Mode - second
  • Rufus featuring Chaka Khan - second
  • The Cars - third
  • The Zombies - third
  • MC5 - third
  • LL Cool J - fourth
  • The Meters - fourth
  • J. Geils Band - fifth

Ballots will now be sent to an international voting body of more than 900 artists, historians and members of the music industry, and, once again, the fans have a vote.

Starting now through through 11:59 p.m. ET on December 5th, you can visit RockHall.com/Vote to cast your votes. The top five artists, as selected by the public, will comprise a “fans’ ballot” that will be tallied along with the other ballots to choose the 2018 inductees. Fans will need to login with a Facebook account or email to vote. Voting is capped at one ballot per day.

The 2018 inductees -- the five to seven acts chosen -- will be announced in December with the 33rd annual induction ceremony set for April 14th at Public Auditorium in Cleveland. HBO will once again broadcast the ceremony with details to be announced later.


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