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Tom Petty’s Family ‘Touched’ by Joe Biden’s Use of ‘I Won’t Back Down’

by Emily Morgan
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Tom Petty’s family has given their blessing to Joe Biden, allowing the President-elect to use the late rock-n-roll singer’s music.

During his victory speech following his campaign win, Biden and Vice President-elect Kamala Harris used Petty’s hit “I Won’t Back Down” to celebrate.

The family said they felt “touched” that Biden and running mate Kamala Harris chose his song.

“We were all so touched to see Tom included on such an important night in America. Congratulations @joebiden and @kamalaharris,” the family wrote on Twitter.

Tom Petty’s Family Sends President Trump Cease And Desist Letter

Some of Petty’s family members didn’t back down after President Trump also used the song at a rally.

As a result, the family sent the president a cease and desist letter after he used the song at a Tulsa rally. “Trump was in no way authorized to use this song to further a campaign that leaves too many Americans and common sense behind,” the family said.

The letter continued: “Both the late Tom Petty and his family firmly stand against racism and discrimination of any kind. Tom Petty would never want a song of his used for a campaign of hate. He liked to bring people together.”

During his musical career, Petty recorded a number of hit singles that included “Don’t Do Me Like That,” “Refugee,” “The Waiting,” “Don’t Come Around Here No More” and “Learning to Fly.” He also had monumental success as a solo performer with songs such as “I Won’t Back Down,” “Free Fallin’,” and “You Don’t Know How It Feels.”

Petty sold more than 80 million records worldwide, making him one of the best-selling music artists of all time. The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame made Tom Petty and The Heartbreakers inductees in 2002.

Four years ago, Petty died of an accidental drug overdose on October 2, 2017. The tragic news came one week after the end of the Heartbreakers’ 40th Anniversary Tour. He left behind his two daughters, Adria and Annakim as well as his wife, Dana.