The Story Of Tom Petty's "Free Fallin"

By Kellar Ellsworth
Jeff Lynne and Tom Petty during The 19th Annual Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony - Rehearsal at Waldorf Astoria in New York City, New York, United States. (Photo by KMazur/WireImage)

The music industry bursts with acrimonious stories but Tom Petty’s “Free Fallin’” bucks that trend. It was a smooth collaboration between Petty, producer Jeff Lynne, and guitarist Mike Campbell. Together the trio pumped out "I Won't Back Down" and "Runnin' Down A Dream,” along with “Free Fallin’” for his iconic Full Moon Fever album. Unbelievably, the original powers that be at MCA outright rejected that Hall of Fame album, claiming it lacked any hits! Eventually, smarter heads prevailed, and “Free Fallin’” became the third single in that murderer’s row of musical masterpieces. Here’s the history of “Free Fallin.’”