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Artist Name: TOM PETTY
Hit Month (Australia): August 1991
Song Author: Tom Petty
Year Recorded: 1991
Record Label: MCA
Label Number: MCAS7 54124
Learning to Fly

Released 1991.

"Learning To Fly" is a popular track by Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers.

It was written in 1991 by Tom Petty and his writing partner Jeff Lynne for the album Into the Great Wide Open.

Though the entire song is based on only four simple chords, (F, C, A minor, and G), it has a unique structure and sound, making it a top hit for Petty.

It has been confirmed through interviews with Tom Petty that he was spurred to write "Learning To Fly" when he saw an interview with a pilot on television.

"Learning to Fly" was released as the first single from Into the Great Wide Open and reached #28 on the US Billboard Hot 100 chart.