By: Alex Rice
Photo by Steve Cohen, slideshow here. Tom Petty is laughing at all of you copycats.
Just last week, it was reported that pop singer Sam Smith had given Tom Petty a cowriting credit and royalties on his mega Grammy-winning hit, "Stay With Me." Thanks to the striking similarities of that tune to Petty's "I Won't Back Down," it has been impossible to ever hear one without thinking of the other. None of this is really a surprise, of course, since the 64-year-old Rock & Roll Hall of Famer is one of the most-copied rock musicians of the last four decades.
Let's take a closer listen to "Stay With Me" and four other songs that owe a considerable debt to the Tom Petty songbook.More »