Tom Petty

Tom Petty


Tom Petty (born 20.10.1950) Tom Petty is an American rock 'n' roll songwriter and singer. He has played in a number of bands, including Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers, Traveling Wilburys and Mudcrutch.

Childhood: Tom Petty was born in Gainesville, Florida, where he attended Gainesville High School. At the age of 10, Petty met the celebrated rock 'n' roll star, Elvis Presley and thus began his love of music. Another defining moment for Petty was watching The Beatles on the Ed Sullivan show. One of Petty's first guitar tutors was Don Felder, later a member of The Eagles.

Musical Career: When his involvement with his early bands (The Epics, The Sundowners and Mudcrutch) had ceased, Petty began working with The Heartbreakers. In 1976, they released their debut album on Shelter Records, titled Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers. The line-up of the band was Ron Blair, Benmont Tench, Stan Lynch and Mike Campbell.

The Heartbreakers' second album, You're Gonna Get It! became their first Top 40 album, whilst its follow-up Damn the Torpedoes went platinum and sold almost two million copies. It was this album that launched their breakthrough tracks, 'Refugee' and 'Don't Do Me Like That.'

In 1981, the band released Hard Promises, which became a Top 10 hit and featured a duet with Stevie Nicks of Fleetwood Mac, entitled 'Insider.'

By the time of The Heartbreakers' fifth studio album, Long After Dark (1982), Ron Blair had left the band and had been replaced by Howie Epstein. They performed at 1985's Live Aid concert in Philadelphia. The band's next album, Southern Accents, launched the Dave Stewart-produced 'Don't Come Around Here No More.' Bob Dylan invited the band to support him on his True Confessions Tour and they also played with The Grateful Dead in 1986-7. In 1987, the band released 'Jammin' Me', which was co-written by Petty and Dylan. It was included on the album Let Me Up (I've Had Enough).

Along with George Harrison, Roy Orbison, Jeff Lynne and Bob Dylan, Tom Petty founded Traveling Wilburys. The band's debut album, Traveling Wilburys Vol.1 was released, followed by the confusingly-titled Traveling Wilburys Vol. 3, which was recorded without Orbison, as he had passed away by that point in time.

As a solo artist, Tom Petty released Full Moon Fever in 1989. Most of Traveling Wilburys, apart from Bob Dylan, appeared on the album so many fans consider it to be an unofficial Wilburys album. For his next album release, Petty rejoined The Heartbreakers and released Into The Great Wide Open in 1991. The single of the same name featured Faye Dunaway, Johnny Depp and Matt Le Blanc in the video.

Tom Petty signed a secret deal with Warner Bros. in 1989, despite still being signed to MCA. In 1994, Warner Bros. released Wildflowers, with Rick Rubin on production duties. The album sold over three million copies in the USA alone.

Petty's next venture with the Heartbreakers was the soundtrack to She's The One, which starred Cameron Diaz and Jennifer Aniston. Also featured on the album were Lindsey Buckingham (on 'Walls (Circus)', a song entitled 'Change the Locks', written by Lucinda Williams and a cover of Beck's 'Asshole.'

The band joined up with Rubin again to record Echo, which spawned the singles 'Free Girl Now' and 'Room At The Top.'

In 2002, Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers released The Last DJ, which featured a number of attacks on the music industry.

In 2007, Mudcrutch, one of Petty's early bands, reunited and released an album in April 2008.

TV Appearances: Tom Petty has appeared as a voice actor in The Simpsons, as well as in his recurring role in King of the Hill as a character named Lucky.

Personal Life: In 1999, Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers were awarded a star upon Hollywood's Walk of Fame.

In 1987, Tom Petty's house was ruined by an arson attack. The basement studio was unharmed.

Tom Petty was married to Jane Benyo for 22 years. They had two daughters together, Adria and Anna Kim.

In 2001, Petty married Dana York.

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Mick Fleetwood Says Malibu Guitar Festival Will Be 'great'

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Mick Fleetwood says the Malibu Guitar Festival is going to be ''great''.

The 69-year-old former drummer of Fleetwood Mac is joining the band's former guitarist Rick Vito in his side project The Mick Fleetwood Blues Band to showcase material from the band's early Peter Green-led period.

Speaking to the website ABC News Radio Online Mick said: ''We're all flying in from Hawaii and we're doing the one show and then going home.

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Tom Petty seen on stage with Mike Campbell and Steve Ferrone on the Heartbreakers 40th Anniversary Tour at Perfect Vodka Amphitheater - West Palm Beach, Florida, United States - Saturday 6th May 2017

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Tom Petty Loves Performing In England

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Tom Petty loves nothing more than performing in England.

The 66-year-old musician - who makes up Petty and The Heartbreakers - is set to headline at the Barclaycard British Summer Time in London's Hyde Park next year, and the star has admitted nothing excites him more than taking to the stage in England because he ''loves'' the country.

He told NME Online: ''Well, we're coming over to England again. Nothing gets us more excited than that. We're so in love with that country. Musically, you can't really be a rock n' roll fan and not realise the debt you owe it.

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Tom Petty To Be Honoured With All-Star Tribute Concert As 2017's MusiCares Person Of The Year

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Tom Petty has been announced as 2017's MusiCares Person Of The Year and will be honoured with an award from the charity at a special gala and tribute concert held at the Los Angeles Convention Center next year. Tom and his band The Heartbreakers will also perform at the event.

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T Bone Burnett has been revealed as the musical director of the MusiCares tribute concert, which will be in its 27th year come February. Proceeds from ticket sales for the show will go towards benefitting the MusiCares Foundation.

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Tom Petty is spotted out and about in Beverly Hills whilst getting a drink. - Los Angeles, California, United States - Tuesday 28th June 2016

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'Uptown Funk!'s Writing Credits Changed To Include The Gap Band

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The biggest selling single of the year so far has seen a significant change to its writing credits. Mark Ronson’s record-breaking ‘Uptown Funk!’ now includes the writers of The Gap Band’s 1979 hit ‘Oops Up Side Your Head’.

It’s not clear as to how this alteration came about – there have been no court cases or lawsuits in the offing – but five extra names are now included on Ronson’s hit, according to Music Week. They are The Gap Band’s three members Ronnie Wilson, Charles Wilson and Robert Wilson as well as producers Lonnie Simmons and Rudolph Taylor.

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Jeff Lynne, Tom Petty and Joe Walsh - Jeff Lynne honored with a star on The Hollywood Walk of Fame on Hollywood Boulevard at Hollywood - Los Angeles, California, United States - Thursday 23rd April 2015

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Why Is Sam Smith Paying Tom Petty Royalties For 'Stay With Me'?

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U.S rocker Tom Petty and ELO's Jeff Lynne have been added as writers of Sam Smith's mega-hit Stay With Me after an out-of-court settlement last October. Both songwriters now hold 12.5 per cent credits each after similarities were discovered between Smith's chart-topping ballad and Petty's chugging rock track I Won't Back Down, co-written with Lynne.

Sam SmithSam Smith is now listed as a co-writer of Stay With Me, with Tom Petty and Jeff Lynne - who penned I Won't Back Down

"Recently the publishers for the song "I Won't Back Down," written by Tom Petty and Jeff Lynne, contacted the publishers for "Stay With Me," written by Sam Smith, James Napier and William Phillips, about similarities heard in the melodies of the choruses of the two compositions," a representative for Smith told The Independent.

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Songwriters Hall Of Fame Nominees Announced - Who Got The Nod?

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Billboard hits and Platinum records are usually what the top songwriters in music are aiming for when they craft a track, but in the long run, their success can earn them an achievement that is unlike any other: a spot in the Songwriters Hall Of Fame. It’s that time of year again to see who has been given a nomination for induction this upcoming June. Spoiler alert: none of them are a surprise.

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There are 24 nominations with 12 each in the categories of Non-Performing and Performing, and they're headlined by some pretty big names. Some of the nominees under the Non-Performing section include the likes of Linda Perry, Randy Edelman, and the duo Robert Hunter and Jerry Garcia, while the Performing side has Elvis Costello, Kenneth "Babyface" Edmonds, Toby Keith, and Cat Stevens. Given the influence that all of these artists have had on music over the years, it's a bit of a surprise that they're not already in the Hall Of Fame. Even though they deserve it, they can't all make it this year, either. However, which writers are the ones that might have the best shot?

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Tom Petty - 31st Annual ASCAP (The American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers) Pop Music Awards at the Loews Hollywood Hotel - Los Angeles, California, United States - Wednesday 23rd April 2014

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Stars Remember Rock Royalty JJ Cale: Social Media Explodes After Songwriter's Death

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The legendary singer/songwriter JJ Cale passed away in a California hospital on Friday (26 July) after suffering a heart attack at his nearby home, leaving behind a legacy that wont soon be forgotten. The Grammy-winning singer, guitarist and songwriter, who was 74-years-old when he passed away, was responsible for a string of hits that were made famous after being covered by some of the biggest names in rock music, including Tom Petty, Santana and most famously of all; Eric Clapton.

Since his passing last week, tribute have been pouring in from those wishing to pay their respects to the great musician, a man who helped invent the laid back and much-copied Tulsa Sound, a combination of country, blues and rock. Documentarian Louis Theroux shared his favourite Cale track in his online tribute, whilst one of Cale's many collaborators Tom Petty shared a backstage picture of the two from 2009, with the Twitter hashtag #RIPJJCale embedded into the Tweet. Actress Daryl Hannah also gave her respects with the simple statement "RIP JJ Cale... peace xo" uploaded to her Twitter feed over the weekend.

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Tom Petty And The Heartbreakers Tour To Hit Intimate Venues

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The Tom Perry & The Heartbreakers tour is on! The American rock band are set to travel the U.S in the summer, mixing their tour up with a few festivals on their way.

“We are happy to announce that Tom Petty and The Heartbreakers are heading out on the road this summer!” read an official announcement on the band’s Facebook page. The band will start their American odyssey with five nights at New York’s Beacon theatre before they head to Hollywood for six nights at the Henry Fonda Theatre in Los Angeles. They’ll also play the Hangout Music Festival in Alamaba, which starts on May 17, the Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival and the Firefly Festival in Dover. "This is a good thing to do every now and then," Tom Petty explained to Rolling Stone magazine. "It gets the band members in tune with each other in a way that you don't get on a big tour. There's a different challenge than you're used to. We got together the other night, the band and I, and everybody is up for this. There's no telling what we'll do."

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Bonnaroo Festival 2013 Lineup Announced: Our Top 5 Picks Beyond The Headlines

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This year’s Bonnaroo Festival takes place in Manchester, Tennessee, on June 13-16 and the lineup is boasting some pretty heavyweight talent, with the likes of Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers, Mumford & Sons and Sir Paul McCartney stealing the headline slots. Beyond the draw of the top billing, though – who should you go and see if you manage to bag a ticket to Bonnaroo 2013? Here’s our Top 5 Bonnaroo Bets.

1. Bjork – We can’t remember the last time there was an opportunity to see Bjork in such a superb festival setting (okay, we probably could, if we cast our minds back a little but it’s far from a frequent occurrence). The eccentric Icelandic songstress always puts on a fabulous show, both visually and sonically, setting fire to all of your senses, whether you are a hardened Bjork fan or simply wandering past the stage, wondering what the hell might be going on.

2. Cat Power – OK. This one comes with a warning. When she’s on form, Cat Power (aka Chan Marshall) will provide you with one of the most emotionally charged, cathartic live music experiences that you’re likely to experience. On a bad day, though, it can be torturous to witness. All part of the Cat Power charm, of course, but a gamble, nonetheless.

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Posted on 20 February 2013

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Tom Petty - Rocker Tom Petty Beverly Hills, California - heading to the doctor's office with a nurse Monday 24th May 2010

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Date of birth

20th October, 1950









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