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Tom Petty once admitted to 'channeling' other people's songs too

Tom Petty once admitted to 'channeling' other people's songs too

Tom Petty has been in the news the last few days after it was reported (conveniently after Grammy voting season had passed) that back in October he had settled a controversy about the similarities between Sam Smith's huge hit "Stay with Me" and Petty's "I Won't Back Down." "In a surprise backstage maneuver," reported L.A. Times' pop music critic Randall Roberts, "both Tom Petty and Jeff Lynne's names have been added to the song's writing credits. Despite never having officially collaborated, Smith, Petty and Lynne now share credit with three others due to the similarities between "Stay with Me" and Petty and...

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