Today is the 30th anniversary of the release of Tom Petty and The Heartbreakers’ legendary album ‘Into the Great Wide Open.’
The album was the second straight Petty album that was produced by Jeff Lynne, who also produced ‘Full Moon Fever in 1989.
‘Into the Great Wide Open’ featured a couple big hits, including the smash “Learning to Fly. ”The album’s title track “Into the Great Wide Open” had an eye-catching video featuring Johnny Depp, Faye Dunaway, Matt LeBlanc, Terence Trent D'Arby and Chynna Phillips.
The late Tom Petty discussed the album’s title track, saying "It was unique in that it was narrative. It's a story and there's not a really lot of adjectives or metaphor or anything going on there. It was the first one of those things I'd seen where there was actually a rock school. And I saw the sign for the rock and roll school and I saw a kid walking down the road with his guitar and in my mind I just kind of pictured this guy coming in on the bus and he'd saved up some dough and he went to rock school to learn to be a rock and roll star. Can you imagine, you know."
[Source: Classic Hits Today]