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Mike Campbell

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Michael (Mike) Wayne Campbell (born February 1st, 1950 in Panama City, FL in the U.S.) is a guitarist and record producer, best known for his work with Tom Petty and The Heartbreakers. He has co-written an array of songs, including “The Boys of Summer” with Don Henley.

Campbell graduated from Ribault High School in Jacksonville, Florida in 1968 and quickly moved to pursue a career in music. At 16, he bought his first guitar, a cheap Harmony model, from a pawnshop. His first electric guitar was a $60 Goya.

He formed a band named Dead or Alive which quickly disbanded. He first met Tom Petty through Mudcrutch drummer Randall Marsh when they were auditioning him and he suggested his friend Mike to play rhythm guitar.

Mudcrutch moved to L.A. and signed a record deal with Shelter Records, recording an album in 1974 that ended up being shelved. Campbell then joined Petty to found the original Tom Petty and The Heartbreakers in 1975 along with Benmont Tench (keyboards), Ron Blair (bass guitar) and Stan Lynch (drums).

Outside of Tom Petty and The Heartbreakers, Campbell has co-written an array of songs, including “The Boys of Summer” and “Heart of the Matter” (both with Don Henley). Other songwriting credits include songs for The Blue Stingrays, Johnny Cash, Fleetwood Mac, Lone Justice, Roger McGuinn, Stevie Nicks, John Prine, Restless Sleeper, Patti Scialfa, Brian Setzer, J.D. Souther, The Williams Brothers and Robin Zander. He also produced four songs on Roy Orbison’s Mystery Girl album and played guitar on The Wallflowers’ “Sixth Avenue Heartache”.

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