Tom Petty

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Tom Petty

American musician, singer, songwriter, and multi-instrumentalist add

Category: Music

Born in 1950.

Countries: United States (67%), United Kingdom (16%), (8%)

Education: undef.

Main connections: Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers, Bob Dylan, Jeff Lynne

Linked to: Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers, Grateful Dead, American Broadcasting Company, Fender Musical Instruments Corporation




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Tom Petty was born in 1950 add something


Other electrics currently used on tour include a Gretsch Tennessean, two 1960s Fender Telecasters and a Gibson Firebird add something


Mr. Tambourine Man - Since the 1960s, The Byrds' jangly, folk rock sound has continued to influence popular music up to the present day, with authors Chris Smith, Johnny Rogan, Mark Deming and Stephen Thomas Erlewine all noting the band's influence on such acts as Big Star, Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers, R.E.M., The Long Ryders, The Smiths, The Bangles, The Stone Roses, Teenage Fanclub, and The La's


In the summer of 1961, his uncle was working on the set of Presley's film "Follow That Dream" in nearby Ocala, Florida, and invited Petty to come down and watch the shoot add something


Don Felder - In the 1966 Gainesville, Florida High School Yearbook the Maundy Quintet is pictured next to another Gainesville, Florida High student and his band; Tom Petty and his early band the Epics


Finn Taylor - The film is recognizable for its soundtrack of pop music from the 1970s and 1980s, including Modern English, Soft Cell, The Turtles, and Tom Petty


Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers - Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers were one of the bands on the forefront of the heartland rock movement, alongside bands such as Bruce Springsteen and Bob Seger, which arose in the late 1970s and 1980s


His first marriage, to Jane Benyo, lasted 22 years from March 31, 1974 to September 9, 1996 add something


From 1976-1982, his main instrument was a sunburst 1964 Fender Stratocaster add something


Petty has been managed by Tony Dimitriades since 1976 add something


Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers - They were formed in 1976 by Tom Petty, the band's primary vocalist and guitar player, and consisted of Mike Campbell as the lead guitarist, Ron Blair on bass, Stan Lynch on drums, and Benmont Tench on keyboards


Emory Gordy, Jr. - Remaining with Harris until 1977, Gordy continued to get calls from L.A. studios, where he played bass on projects by the Bellamy Brothers, Billy Joel, and Tom Petty


Petty's first appearance in film took place in 1978, when he had a cameo in "FM" add something


In 1979, he was dragged into a legal dispute when ABC Records was sold to MCA Records add something


In May 1979, he filed for bankruptcy and was signed to the new MCA subsidiary Backstreet Records add something


In September 1979, Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers performed at a Musicians United for Safe Energy concert at Madison Square Garden in New York add something


Freddy Moore - The Kats signed a recording contract with Infinity Records in 1979, and recorded an album with Tom Petty's production team


He is the frontman of Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers and was a founding member of the late 1980s supergroup Traveling Wilburys and Mudcrutch add something


MTV - Subsequently, grunge and alternative rock had a rise in mainstream tastes, while 1980s-style hair bands and traditional rockers were phased out, with some exceptions such as Aerosmith and Tom Petty


Stevie Nicks - During 1981, Nicks toured with Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers and New Zealand band Split Enz as a guest


Bass player Ron Blair quit the group, and was replaced on the fifth album by Howie Epstein; the resulting line-up would last until 1994 add something


Gene Clark - "Firebyrd's" eventual release in 1984 coincided with the emergence of jangle rockers like R.E.M. and Tom Petty who had sparked a new interest in the Byrds


In 1985, the band participated in Live Aid, playing four songs at Philadelphia's John F. Kennedy Stadium add something


"Southern Accents" was released in 1985 add something


Bob Dylan - In 1986 and 1987, Dylan toured extensively with Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers, sharing vocals with Petty on several songs each night


Also in 1987, the group released "Let Me Up " which includes "Jammin' Me" which Petty wrote with Dylan add something


For acoustic guitars, Petty has had a signature C.F. Martin HD-40, and has written virtually all of his songs on a Gibson Dove acoustic saved from his 1987 house fire add something


He later had a small part in 1987's "Made in Heaven" and appeared in several episodes of "It's Garry Shandling's Show" between 1987 and 1990, playing himself as one of Garry Shandling's neighbors add something


On May 17, 1987, an arsonist set fire to Petty's house in Encino, California add something


Roger McGuinn - In 1987 Roger McGuinn was the opening act for Dylan and Tom Petty


In 1988, Petty became a founding member of the Traveling Wilburys, along with Bob Dylan, George Harrison, Roy Orbison, and Jeff Lynne add something


Bob Dylan - Dylan co-founded the band with George Harrison, Jeff Lynne, Roy Orbison, and Tom Petty, and in the fall of 1988 their multi-platinum "Traveling Wilburys Vol. 1" reached number three on the US album chart, featuring songs that were described as Dylan's most accessible compositions in years


George Harrison - Following the band's break-up, enjoyed a successful solo career, and in 1988 he co-founded the supergroup the Traveling Wilburys, with Tom Petty, Bob_Dylan, Jeff Lynne and Roy Orbison


George Harrison - In 1988, Harrison played an instrumental role in forming the Traveling Wilburys with Jeff Lynne, Roy Orbison, Bob Dylan, and Tom Petty when they gathered in Dylan's garage to quickly record an additional track for a projected Harrison European single release


Roy Orbison - In 1988, he joined the supergroup Traveling Wilburys with George Harrison, Bob Dylan, Tom Petty, and Jeff Lynne and released a new solo album


In 1989, Petty released "Full Moon Fever", which featured hits "I Won't Back Down", "Free Fallin'" and "Runnin' Down a Dream" add something


Gene Clark - A period of abstinence and recovery followed until Tom Petty's cover of "I'll Feel a Whole Lot Better" on his 1989 album "Full Moon Fever" yielded a huge amount of royalty money to Clark who quickly reverted to drug and alcohol abuse


George Harrison - Early in 1989, Harrison, Lynne and Starr all appeared in the music video for Tom Petty's song "I Won't Back Down", although Starr did not actually play on the track; Harrison played acoustic guitar


Jeff Lynne - In 1989, Lynne co-produced "Full Moon Fever" by Tom Petty, which included the hit singles "Free Fallin'", "I Won't Back Down", and "Runnin' Down a Dream", all co-written by Lynne


Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers - Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers' 1989 tour featured college rock band The Replacements opening every show


A second Wilburys album, mischievously titled "Traveling Wilburys Vol. 3" and recorded without the recently deceased Orbison, followed in 1990 add something


It debuted at number 4 on the "Billboard 200", becoming Petty's highest chart position since the introduction of the Nielsen SoundScan system for tracking album sales in 1991 add something


Petty & the Heartbreakers reformed in 1991 and released "Into the Great Wide Open", which was co-produced by Lynne and included the hit singles "Learning To Fly" and "Into The Great Wide Open", the latter featuring Johnny Depp, Gabrielle Anwar, Faye Dunaway, and Matt LeBlanc in the video add something


Jeff Lynne - In 1991, Lynne returned to the studio with Petty, co-writing and producing the album "Into the Great Wide Open" for Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers, which featured the singles "Learning to Fly" and "Into the Great Wide Open"


Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers - In 1991, the band released "Into the Great Wide Open", produced by Jeff Lynne who had worked with Petty in Traveling Wilburys


Arizona Dream - Music video for the 1991 Tom Petty song, "Into the Great Wide Open", was shot during the filming of the movie


Mr. Tambourine Man - At the October 1992 Bob Dylan 30th anniversary tribute concert at Madison Square Garden, McGuinn performed the song, backed by Tom Petty, Mike Campbell, and Benmont Tench, among others


Steve Cropper - In 1992, Booker T. & the M.G.'s were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, and Cropper appeared with a new line-up of the group for the Bob Dylan 30th Anniversary concert, on October 1992 at Madison Square Garden, performing songs by and backing Dylan, Eric Clapton, George Harrison, Tom Petty, Johnny_Cash, Chrissie Hynde, Sinéad O'Connor, Stevie Wonder and Neil Young


Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers - In 1993, Petty released "Greatest Hits" which included hit single "Mary Jane's Last Dance"


River Phoenix - Tom Petty dedicated "Ballad of Easy Rider" to Phoenix when he played in his and Phoenix's hometown of Gainesville, Florida in November 1993


His first album on his new label, 1994's "Wildflowers" , included the singles "You Don't Know How It Feels", "You Wreck Me," "It's Good to Be King" and "A Higher Place" add something


In 1994, "You Got Lucky", a Tom Petty tribute album featuring such bands as Everclear and Silkworm was released add something


Stevie Nicks - In 1995, Nicks was reunited with Lindsey Buckingham and contributed the duet "Twisted" to the "Twister" movie soundtrack, while in 1996 the Sheryl Crow penned "Somebody Stand By Me" featured on the "Boys on the Side" soundtrack, and Nicks remade Tom Petty's "Free Fallin'" for Fox's TV hit "Party of Five"


Rod Stewart - In 1995, Stewart released "A Spanner in the Works" containing a single written by Tom Petty "Leave Virginia Alone", which reached the Top 10 of the adult contemporary charts


In 1996, Petty, with the Heartbreakers, released a soundtrack to the movie "She's the One", starring Cameron Diaz and Jennifer Aniston add something


In April 1996, Petty received the UCLA's George Gershwin and Ira Gershwin award for Lifetime Musical Achievement add something


Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers - In 1996, Petty "reunited" with the Heartbreakers and released a soundtrack to the movie "She's the One" starring Cameron Diaz and Jennifer Aniston


Petty appeared in the 1997 movie "The Postman", directed by and starring Kevin Costner, as The Bridge City Mayor add something


In 1999 Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame for their contribution to the recording industry add something


Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers - In 1999, Petty and the Heartbreakers released the album "Echo" with producer Rick Rubin at the helm


A detailed gear diagram of Tom Petty's 2000 guitar rig is well-documented add something


Since June 3, 2001, he has been married to Dana York, whom he first met in 1993 when she visited one of his concerts add something


In 2002, Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame add something


In 2002, he appeared on "The Simpsons" in the episode "How I Spent My Strummer Vacation", along with Mick Jagger, Keith Richards, Lenny Kravitz, Elvis Costello, and Brian Setzer add something


In 2002, he was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame add something


Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers - In 2002, Petty and the Heartbreakers released "The Last DJ"


The same year, "Conversations with Tom Petty", an oral history/biography composed of interviews conducted in 2004 and 2005 with Petty by music journalist Paul Zollo was published add something


In 2005, Petty began hosting his own show "Buried Treasure" on XM Radio, on which he shares selections from his personal record collection add something


On December 6, 2005, Petty received the Billboard Century award for his lifetime achievements add something


In 2006, the American Broadcasting Company hired Petty to do the music for its National Basketball Association playoffs coverage add something


In a 2006 interview on the National Public Radio program "Fresh Air", Petty said that he knew he wanted to be in a band the moment he saw The Beatles on "The Ed Sullivan Show" add something


"Highway Companion" was briefly promoted on the "30th Anniversary Tour" with the Heartbreakers in 2006 with performances of "Saving Grace", "Square One", "Down South," and "Flirting with Time" add something


In February 2006, Tom Petty and The Heartbreakers agreed to be the headline act at the fifth annual Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival add something


Some have claimed that the Red Hot Chili Peppers single "Dani California", released in May 2006, is very similar to Petty's "Mary Jane's Last Dance" add something


From July 2006 until 2007 the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in Cleveland, Ohio featured an exhibit of Tom Petty items add something


In July 2006, Petty released a new solo album titled "Highway Companion", which included the hit "Saving Grace" add something


Stevie Nicks - In 2006, Nicks performed with Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers for the first leg of their tour in the summer, and later in the year returned as a guest performer for a number of songs on the tour celebrating Petty's 30th anniversary since his debut album


Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers - In 2006, the ABC U.S. television network hired Petty to do the music for its NBA Playoffs coverage


Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers - In addition to Bonnaroo, Petty was on tour throughout the summer of 2006


Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers - From July 2006 until 2007, the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in Cleveland, Ohio featured an exhibit of Tom Petty items


Eddie Vedder - In the months of June and July 2006, Vedder made live performances jamming with Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers, singing on many tracks, including lead vocals on "The Waiting" and backing vocals on "American Girl"


During the summer of 2007, Petty reunited with his old bandmates Tom Leadon and Randall Marsh along with Heartbreakers Benmont Tench & Mike Campbell to reform his pre-Heartbreakers band Mudcrutch add something


Peter Bogdanovich's documentary film on Petty's career entitled "Runnin' Down A Dream" premiered at the New York Film Festival on October 14, 2007 add something


Eddie Vedder - He appears in the 2007 Tom Petty documentary, "Runnin' Down a Dream", the 2008 political documentary, "Slacker Uprising", and the 2009 Howard Zinn documentary, "The People Speak"


Stevie Nicks - Tom Petty's Homecoming Concert in Gainesville, FL, which contained performances with Stevie Nicks, was filmed for PBS "Soundstage" as well as DVD release for March 2007


In 2008, Petty made a guest appearance as himself in the season 2 finale of the Comedy Central show" Lil Bush" add something


The band supported the album with a brief tour of California in the spring of 2008 add something


In January 2008, it was announced that the band would be embarking on a North American Tour which was set to start on May 30 following the appearance at Super Bowl XLII add something


On February 3, 2008, Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers performed during the halftime-show of Super Bowl XLII at the University of Phoenix Stadium add something


The quintet recorded this self-titled new album of fourteen songs that was released on April 29, 2008 add something


Steve Winwood served as the opening act, who joined Petty and the Heartbreakers on stage at select shows, starting on June 6, 2008 in Philadelphia, PA. Winwood's Spencer Davis Group hit "Gimme Some Loving" was performed and occasionally his Blind Faith hit "Can't Find My Way Home" was performed before it add something


Taryn Manning - In December 2008 Manning recorded a version of Tom Petty's "Christmas All Over Again", which premiered on her official Myspace page


In November 2009, Petty told "Rolling Stone" that he is working on a new album with the Heartbreakers, saying "It's blues-based add something


Marshall Drew - Drew released "A Million Different Shades", his debut independent album, in 2009 to generally positive reviews, receiving comparisons to Springsteen, Dylan and Tom Petty and earning praise for its lyrics and musical hooks


Taylor Swift - Swift released a cover of Tom Petty's "American Girl" through Rhapsody in June 2009 and continues to make her stage entrance to Petty's recording of the song


In 2010, Petty made a five-second cameo appearance with comedian Andy Samberg in a musical video titled "Great Day" featured on the bonus DVD as part of Lonely Island's new album "Turtleneck & Chain" add something


The band appeared as musical guests on the season finale of Saturday Night Live on May 15, 2010 add something


This was followed by a North American Summer Tour beginning on June 1, 2010 add something


In February 2010, Petty announced a new Heartbreakers Album, "Mojo" to be released on June 15, 2010 add something


Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers - On November 26, 2010 Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers released a special edition "://www


In 2012, the band announced a North American and European tour that visited several European countries that the band had not visited it nearly 20 years add something


In early 2013, Petty and the Heartbreakers announced that they would be playing at several North American festivals in the late Spring and Summer and in February, the band announced a North American tour and an upcoming album to be released in 2014 add something


Petty spoke in 2014 of the benefits from his practice of Transcendental Meditation add something


On July 29, 2014, Reprise Records released "Hypnotic Eye" the thirteenth studio album by Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers add something


Eric Clapton - This tribute album, scheduled to be released on 29 July 2014, is named after the 1972 single "Call Me The Breeze" and features 16 Cale songs performed by Clapton, Christine Lakeland, Mark Knopfler, John May er, Willie Nelson, Tom Petty, Derek_Trucks and Don White


In January 2015, it was revealed that Petty and Jeff Lynne would receive royalties from Sam Smith's song "Stay with Me" after its writers acknowledged similarities between it and "Won't Back Down" add something


In mid-November 2015, Sirius/XM launched Tom Petty Radio on Channel 31 add something


On November 20, 2015, a new channel called Tom Petty Radio debuted on SiriusXM add something


Sam Smith (singer) - In 2015, it came to light that singer Tom Petty, noting similarities between "Stay With Me" and his 1989 hit song "I Won't Back Down", had negotiated an out-of-court settlement with Smith in October 2014


Petty suffered cardiac arrest early in the morning of October 2, 2017, and died that night at the UCLA Medical Center in Santa Monica, California add something


Petty was found unconscious at his home, not breathing and in full cardiac arrest, early in the morning of October 2, 2017 add something


Petty's funeral took place at Westwood Village Memorial Park Cemetery on October 16, 2017 add something


Freedom Fry - A French language cover of Mary Jane's Last Dance by Tom Petty was released in March 2017 with an accompanying video


Stevie Nicks - On July 9, 2017, Nicks performed at the British Summer Time festival in Hyde Park in London, supporting Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers


Stevie Nicks - She later performed "Stop Draggin' My Heart Around" with Petty as part of the Heartbreakers' set, in what would turn out to be their final performance of the song together before Tom Petty's death in October 2017


Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers - Early in the morning on October 2, 2017, Petty was found unconscious in his home, not breathing, and in full cardiac arrest


The box set was preceded by the first single, "Keep A Little Soul", in July 2018 add something


On September 28, 2018, Reprise Records will release "An American Treasure", a 60-track career-spanning box set featuring dozens of previously unreleased recordings, alternate versions of classic songs, rarities, historic live performances and deep tracks add something


In October 2018, on what would have been the singer's 68th birthday, the city of Gainesville renamed the former Northeast Park, a park where a young Petty had often visited, as Tom Petty Park add something


Fentanyl - Fentanyl - On January 19, 2018, the medical examiner-coroner for the county of Los Angeles announced that Tom Petty died from an accidental drug overdose as a result of mixing medications that included fentanyl, acetyl fentanyl and despropionyl fentanyl


Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers - In April 2018, Campbell, Tench and Ferrone acted as the backing band for the Light Up the Blues benefit concert in Los Angeles, backing Beck, Patti Smith, and Stephen Stills, with whom they performed Petty's "I Won't Back Down"


Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers - On June 25, 2019, "The New York Times Magazine" listed Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers among hundreds of artists whose material was reportedly destroyed in the 2008 Universal fire