The first single from the late Tom Petty’s archival box set, An American Treasure, has already broken a record on the Billboard charts. “Keep a Little Soul,” has broken into the top 10 of Billboard‘s Adult Alternative Songs airplay chart, and this means that Petty is now the first artist to score a top 10 hit after his or her death. The chart goes back to 1996.
Recorded in 1982 by Petty and The Heartbreakers, the track was made during recording sessions for the bands fifth studio album, Long After Dark, which came out in 1983.
Proir to this milestone, Petty had nabbed eight previous top 10 songs on the Adult Alternative Songs airplay chart. His last was “U Get Me High,” that reached #2 on the chart and was taken from the album Hypnotic Eye, released in 2014.
The An American Treasure, box set will be released on September 28thand is a vast 60-track collection and features previously unreleased tracks, alternate versions of some of his hits, and live performances.
The set was curated by Petty’s daughter Adria and wife Dana, and also features contributions from his guitarist Mike Campbell, keyboardist Benmont Tench, and Tom’s longtime collaborator Ryan Ulyate.