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More About Tom Petty and The Heartbreakers
Genre: Rock/Classic Rock
Bio and News
Tom Petty has an illustrious career that started with forming a band called Epics, which eventually turned into Mudcrutch. Although the band was popular in Petty’s hometown of Gainesville, they failed to claim any national fame.
Petty took a couple members of Mudcrutch and formed a new band called The Heartbreakers. They also started off slow, as they claimed more success in Britain than in the US.
However, that all changed with their third album, Damn The Torpedoes, which rose to #2 on the Billboard charts for 7 weeks in 1979. Fun fact: it was held off of the #1 spot by Pink Floyd’s The Wall. Damn The Torpedoes featured two songs that placed in Billboard’s top 15: “Don’t Do Me Like That” (#10) and “Refugee” (#15). It also received critical acclaim and is #313 on the Rolling Stone list of the 500 Greatest Albums.
The Heartbreaker’s fourth album, Hard Promises, continued with the band’s success as it was a top five album and sold over 1 million copies. It also featured Petty’s first duet, “Insider,” with Stevie Nicks.
In 1988, Petty became a founding member of the Traveling Wilburys, a band of venerable all-stars. The other members were Bob Dylan, George Harrison, Roy Orbison, and Jeff Lynne. Together, they recorded two albums: Traveling Wilburys Vol. 1 and Traveling Wilburys Vol. 2.
Heading into the nineties, Petty signed a lucrative record deal with Warner Bros. Records and recorded his second solo album, Wildflowers, which sold over 3 million copies in the U.S.
Dave Grohl, of Foo Fighters, almost joined Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers. In 1994, after drummer Stan Lynch left the band, Grohl filled in and even drummed for them during an SNL performance. However, he declined an invitation to permanently join the band.
Petty also dabbled in movie soundtracks, as he did one for the film She’s The One, starring Cameron Diaz and Jennifer Aniston.
“The aughts” saw Tom Petty and The Heartbreakers reach even greater stardom. In 2006, they headlined the fifth annual Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival. And in 2008, they headlined the greatest live stage for any performer: The Super Bowl, where they played “American Girl,” “I Won’t Back Down,” “Free Fallin’,” and “Runnin’ Down a Dream,” in that order.
In 2010, Petty and The Heartbreakers recorded their first album together in eight years. That album was Mojo and debuted at #2 on the Billboard charts and was the first album since 1981 to feature returning original bassist Ron Blair in its entirety.
2014 saw another Heartbreakers album, this one titled Hypnotic Eye. The Heartbreakers went on tour a few days after the album was released, which debuted at #1 on the Billboard charts, their first number one album.
Tom Petty Discography
Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers (1976)
You’re Gonna Get It! (1978)
Damn the Torpedoes (1979)
Hard Promises (1981)
Long After Dark (1982)
Southern Accents (1985)
Let Me Up (I’ve Had Enough) (1987)
Into the Great Wide Open (1991)
Songs and Music from “She’s the One” (1996)
The Last DJ (2002)
Hypnotic Eye (2014)
Full Moon Fever (1989)
Highway Companions (2006)
Tom Petty And The Heartbreakers Members
Tom Petty (lead vocals, rhythm guitar, harmonica)
Mike Campbell ( lead guitar, bass, keyboards, mandolin)
Benmont Tench (piano, organ, synthesizers, backing vocals)
Ron Blair (bass, backing vocals)
Scott Thurston (rhythm guitar, harmonica, synthesizer, backing vocals)
Steve Ferrone (drums)
Tom Petty Awards
Grammy: Best Rock Vocal Performance by a Duo or Group with the Traveling Wilburys for Traveling Wilburys Vol. 1 (1990)
Grammy: Best Rock Vocal Performance - Male for “You Don’t Know How It Feels” (1996)
Grammy: Best Music Video, Long Form with The Heartbreakers for “Runnin’ Down A Dream” (2009)
Tom Petty Greatest Hits
1. “Runnin’ Down A Dream”
4. “American Girl”
5. “Free Fallin’”
6. “Don’t Do Me Like That”
7. “The Waiting”
8. “You Got Lucky”
9. “I Won’t Back Down”
10. “Mary Jane’s Last Dance”