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Tom Petty

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Love Is A Long Road
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Biography

A gifted songwriter as
well as a rock star of the highest order, Tom Petty bridged the gap between new
wave and classic rock and became one of the most well-liked and successful
musical artists of his time. Born October 20, 1950 in Gainseville, Florida, he
decided to be a rock and roll star after the one-two punch of meeting Elvis
Presley in 1961 and seeing The Beatles on The Ed Sullivan Show in 1964.
After a number of early bands including Mudcrutch, he solidified a backing
group dubbed The Heartbreakers with guitarist Mike Campbell, keyboardist Benmont
Tench, drummer Stan Lynch, and bassist Ron Blair. That line up recorded 1977’s Tom
Petty and the Heartbreakers
, which broke first in the UK, a country that gave
them a pair of top 40 hits, “American Girl” and “Anything That’s Rock
‘n’ Roll”
. 1978’s You’re Gonna Get It! fared better on the charts,
but it was 1979’s Damn the Torpedoes that broke them by hitting number 2
and spawning a pair of top 20 singles, Don’t Do Me Like That” and Refugee”.
1981’s Hard Promises returned him to the top 10 and the lead single “The
Waiting”
topped the newly inaugurated Mainstream Rock chart. Howie Epstein
replaced Ron Blair on bass for 1982’s Long After Dark. After difficult
recording sessions for 1985’s Southern Accents, Tom Petty and the
Heartbreakers toured with Bob Dylan who ended up co-writing the group’s 1987
hit “Jammin’ Me” from Let Me Up (I’ve Had Enough). Taking a break
from the Heartbreakers, Tom Petty became one-fifth of the supergroup The Traveling
Wilburys alongside Bob Dylan, George Harrison, Roy Orbison, and Jeff Lynne.
Lynne would produce Tom Petty’s first solo album, 1989’s Full Moon Fever,
which would spin off three of his biggest hits, “Free Fallin’”, “I
Won’t Back Down”
, and “Runnin’ Down a Dream”. He brought back all
The Heartbreakers for 1991’s Into the Great Wide Open. His 1993 greatest
hits collection included two new tracks including the hit “Mary Jane’s Last
Dance”
. After a period of personal turmoil when his marriage ended, he
teamed with producer Rick Rubin for the solo album Wildflowers in 1994.
The album earned rave reviews yet again and produced the single “You Don’t
Know How It Feels”
, which became his tenth top 20 pop single as well as his
tenth single to top the Mainstream Rock chart. He wrote songs for the film She’s
the One
and released a soundtrack in 1996 that included the hit “Walls”.
Tom Petty finished up the decade with 1999’s Echo. Though he toured
regularly throughout the next century, his singles stopped charting. The
albums, including 2002’s The Last DJ, 2010’s Mojo, and 2014’s Hypnotic
Eye
continued to do well with Hypnotic Eye becoming his first LP to
top the album chart. During that period, he also reunited his old band Mudcrutch
for a pair of albums in 2008 and 2016. Tom Petty unexpectedly passed away on October
2, 2017 leaving behind a rich discography that stands alongside those of the
many legends that he worked with throughout his forty-year career. Posthumous
releases from his estate include Wildflowers and All the Rest, as well
as 2021’s Angel Dream, which revisited the songs he wrote for She’s
the One