Singer, songwriter, Tom Petty
Singer ~ Songwriter
Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers ~ The Traveling Wilburys
birth name: Thomas Earl Petty

Tom Petty

October 20, 1950, Gainesville, FL

He met Elvis Presley when the King of Rock and Roll came to Gainesville in 1961 to shoot the film Follow That Dream. “[Presley] didn't have much to say to us,” Petty recalled in Rolling Stone, “but to a kid at an impressionable age [11 years], he was an incredible sight.” The next day young Petty traded his slingshot for a friend's collection of Presley and Little Richard records. “And that,” related Petty, “was the end of doing anything other than music with my life. I didn't want anything to fall back on because I was not going to fall back.” Petty learned to play on a guitar purchased from a Sears, Roebuck & Co. catalogue, and by 14 he was playing with various Gainesville bands, including a bar band called the Epics and, ultimately, a country-rock band known as Mudcrutch. Part of the Mudcrutch line-up - guitarist Mike Campbell and keyboardist Benmont Tench - would later become members of the Heartbreakers. ~ Musicianguide: Tom Petty ~ retrieved April 19, 2014 © Musicianguide

Tom Petty ~ Ranked #91 Rolling Stone 100 Greatest Artists in 2004 ~ “There's not a fake bone in his body.” ~ Stevie Nicks ~ 2004 © Rolling Stone

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Tom Petty ~ Full Moon Fever (1989) ~ Ranked #11 Village Voice Best Albums Of 1989

Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers

Upon the release of their first album in the late '70s, Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers were shoehorned into the punk/new wave movement by some observers who picked up on the tough, vibrant energy of the group's blend of Byrds riffs and Stonesy swagger. In a way, the categorization made sense. Compared to the heavy metal and art rock that dominated mid-'70s guitar rock, the Heartbreakers' bracing return to roots was nearly as unexpected as the crashing chords of the Clash. As time progressed, it became clear that the band didn't break from tradition like their punk contemporaries. Instead, they celebrated it, culling the best parts of the British Invasion, American garage rock, and Dylan-esque singer/songwriters to create a distinctively American hybrid that recalled the past without being indebted to it. ~ Allmusic: Tom Petty ~ retrieved April 19, 2014 © Allmusic

Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers ~ Inducted in the 2002 Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame ~ In a sense, Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers are America’s band. Durable, resourceful, hard-working, likeable and unpretentious, they rank among the most capable and classic rock bands of the last quarter century. They’ve mastered the idiom’s fundamentals and digested its history while stretching themselves creatively and contributing to rock’s legacy. Moreover they are, like such compatriots as Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band, a people’s band, writing of everyday struggles and frustrations while offering redemption through tough-minded, big-hearted, tuneful songs. ~ 2002 © Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame

Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers ~ Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers (1976) ~ Ranked #332 #DLW500 Dylan's 500 Greatest Albums Of All Time in 2012

Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers ~ Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers (1976) ~ Named one of the 1001 Albums You Must Hear Before You Die in 2008.

The Traveling Wilburys

The Traveling Wilburys ~ Inducted in the 2007 Vocal Group Hall Of Fame.

The Traveling Wilburys ~ The Traveling Wilburys, Volume 1 (1988) ~ Ranked #70 Rolling Stone 100 Best Albums Of The Eighties in 1990 ~ “This is the best record of its kind ever made,” wrote David Wild in Rolling Stone's review of the Traveling Wilburys' Volume One. “Then again,” he added, “it's also the only record of its kind ever made.” ~ 1990 © Rolling Stone

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