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Thomas Earl Petty (born 20 October 1950 in Gainesville, Florida) is an American musician, singer, composer and songwriter.
After working with his early bands The Sundowners, The Epics, and Mudcrutch (which also included future Heartbreakers members Mike Campbell and Benmont Tench) he began his recording career with Tom Petty and The Heartbreakers when the band broke onto the national music scene with their 1976 self-titled debut album. Still, it took America a full year to catch up to the album. “Breakdown” was re-released to radio and became a Top 40 hit in 1977 after word filtered back the band was creating a firestorm in England.

He was also a member of The Traveling Wilburys, along with George Harrison, Jeff Lynne, Bob Dylan and Roy Orbison. Petty and the Heartbreakers also toured as a backing band for Bob Dylan.

Petty is a vocal critic of the modern recording industry, including the disintegration of independent radio stations.

Petty has been supported by his band, The Heartbreakers, for the majority of his career. He has occasionally released solo work, as is the case with his 2006 effort, Highway Companion, on which he performed most of the backing instrumentation himself. Examples of other solo albums include Full Moon Fever and Wildflowers

His latest release is a reunion of Mudcrutch.


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  • SSBN623

    so i went to see john cash brought him over and we played a couple of tunes . . . he was a nasty man in my opinion . . . i wrote one tune with him and we played it JMS

    11 Apr 3:30pm Reply
  • SSBN623

    tom, jim here . . . your only virtues are lies , layin , and expected everyone else to comp you a fun life , that bein' said other than that you is a model citizen please tell some folks i'm headin' that direction thanx JMS

    11 Apr 3:14pm Reply
  • SSBN623

    i told petty -annie you got more shit on your cheap cowboys than be comin' out your mouth i don't he liked me . . . for the life of me i can't understand why

    13 Feb 8:24pm Reply
  • Notwhereman

    Feliz Navidad de parte de un católico. La única Iglesia fundada por Cristo me enseñó a perdonar. Soy un humilde pecador ¿Ud lo es y perdona?

    1 Jan 2:35am Reply
  • kaitlinandstuff

    first love

    11 Oct 2014 Reply
  • owlies

    gainesville artists represent

    16 Sep 2014 Reply
  • sateviss

    Cool ! Chris Weidman music's by UFC 174

    11 Jul 2014 Reply
  • hotheelshank

    One of his best tracks from an excellent album. Good one Tom.

    9 Jun 2014 Reply
  • Leon4rdo_B

    Tom Petty, esse cara manja :3

    27 Feb 2014 Reply
  • avanhole


    10 Feb 2014 Reply
  • IamFlood

    Tom really needs to grow an afro and join a Western swing band.

    21 Aug 2013 Reply
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    14 Aug 2013 Reply
  • RikerDonegal

    Been a fan all my life. Love this guy's music.

    26 May 2013 Reply
  • jazzthieve

    Spotify playlist: Classic Rock

    4 Apr 2013 Reply
  • Steambull

    That hat and glasses style of his is absolutely terrible. Vote something less painful as the main pic.

    23 Feb 2013 Reply
  • BBraveCMR

    Gainesville native :) glad he plays a part in Sound City. VERY cool rock doc.

    18 Feb 2013 Reply
  • MaidenSlayer

    Tom Pretty

    14 Feb 2013 Reply
  • pachxz

    american girl

    30 Nov 2012 Reply
  • homework


    23 Nov 2012 Reply
  • gloriavillalon

    Herzlichen Glückwunsch (Happy Birthday) Tom Petty!!

    20 Oct 2012 Reply
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