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Out Of The Vault - Tom Petty, November 16th, 2013

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Thomas Earl "Tom" Petty (born October 20, 1950) is an American singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist. He is the frontman of Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers and was a founding member of the late 1980s supergroup Traveling Wilburys and his early band Mudcrutch. He has also performed under the pseudonyms of Charlie T. Wilbury, Jr. and Muddy Wilbury.  He has recorded a number of hit singles with the Heartbreakers and as a solo artist, many of which remain heavily played on adult contemporary and classic rock radio. His music, and notably his hits, have become popular among younger generations as he continues to host sold-out shows. Throughout his career, Petty and his collaborators have sold 60 million albums. In 2002, he was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Petty was born and raised in Gainesville, Florida, and attended Gainesville High School. One of his first guitar teachers was Don Felder, a fellow Gainesville resident, who would later join the Eagles.  Bernie Leadon (another Eagle)’s brother was a one-time member of Mudcrutch. Shortly after forming his musical aspirations, Petty started a band known as the Epics, later to evolve into Mudcrutch. Although the band, which featured future Heartbreakers Mike Campbell and Benmont Tench, were popular in Gainesville, their recordings went unnoticed by a mainstream audience. However, their only single, "Depot Street", remains popular amongst fans. The original Mudcrutch included guitarist Danny Roberts who was later replaced by bass guitarist Charlie Souza.  After Mudcrutch split up, Petty reluctantly agreed to pursue a solo career. Tench decided to form his own group, whose sound Petty appreciated. Eventually, Petty and Campbell collaborated with Tench and fellow members Ron Blair and Stan Lynch, resulting in the first line-up of the Heartbreakers. Their eponymous debut album gained minute popularity amongst American audiences, achieving greater success in Britain. The single "Breakdown" was re-released in 1977 and peaked at #40 in early 1978 after the band toured in the United Kingdom in support of Nils Lofgren. The debut album was released by Shelter Records, which at that time was distributed by ABC Records.

Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers- GREEN ONIONS (THEME) – First recorded by Booker T. & the M.G.'s, as a single in 1962.  Taken from “The Live Anthology” 4 CD set, 2009.  Recorded 1997, The Fillmore, San Francisco, California.

Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers-- FRIEND OF THE DEVIL -   "Friend of the Devil" is a song recorded by the Grateful Dead. The music was written by Jerry Garcia and John Dawson -- and the lyrics are by Robert Hunter. It is the second track of the Dead's 1970 album American Beauty.  Taken from “The Live Anthology” 4 CD set, 2009.  Recorded 1997, The Fillmore, San Francisco, California.

Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers– SOMETHING IN THE AIR – "Something in the Air" is a song recorded by Thunderclap Newman, written by Speedy Keen who also sang the song. It was a UK #1 single for three weeks in July 1969. Taken from “The Live Anthology” 4 CD set, 2009.  Reocrded 1993, Gainesville, Florida.

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Tom Petty w/Stevie Nicks – NEEDLES AND PINS – "Needles and Pins" is a song written by Jack Nitzsche and Sonny Bono. In his autobiography, Bono states that he sang along with Nitzsche's guitar-playing, thus creating both the tune and the lyrics, being guided by the chord progressions.  The song was originally recorded by Jackie DeShannon. Other hit versions of the song were recorded by The Searchers, Cher, Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers with Stevie Nicks, Willie DeVille, Gary Lewis & the Playboys, Smokie, the Turtles and by the Ramones.   From the CD, “Pack Up The Plantation”, 1985.  Reocrded at The Forum, Los Angeles, California, June 1981.

Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers – OH WELL– "Oh Well" is a song recorded by Fleetwood Mac in 1969, and composed by vocalist and lead guitarist Peter Green. It first appeared as a Fleetwood Mac single in various countries in 1969.  Taken from “The Live Anthology” 4 CD set, 2009.  Recorded at the Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival, Manchester, Tennessee, 2006.

Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers – SOMETHIN’ ELSE - "Somethin' Else" is a song by the rockabilly musician Eddie Cochran, co-written by his girlfriend, Sharon Sheeley, and his older brother, Bob Cochran, released in 1959. This live version from one of their earlier tours, is unreleased.  Recorded in 1980, at the Hammersmith Odeon, London, England.

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Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers - I’M A MAN - "I'm a Man" is a rock and roll song written and recorded by Bo Diddley in 1955.  A moderately slow blues with a stop-time figure, it was inspired by an earlier blues song and became a number one U.S. R&B chart hit. "I'm a Man" has been recorded by a variety of artists, including The Yardbirds who had a number seventeen pop hit in the U.S. in 1965.  Taken from “The Live Anthology” 4 CD set, 2009.  Recorded 2006, Gainesville, Florida.

Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers – I’M A KING BEE – "I'm a King Bee" is a swamp blues song written and first recorded by Slim Harpo, released in 1957 as the B-side to his debut single, "I Got Love if You Want It", but went on to become better known than the A-side. It features a spare arrangement and instrumentation common to J. D. Miller's production approach for Baton Rouge, Louisiana-based Excello Records. The Rolling Stones recorded "I'm a King Bee" for their 1964 debut album (The Rolling Stones (UK), England's Newest Hit Makers (US)). Despite not being released as a single, the song has been called an early "important hit" for the Rolling Stones. The band's arrangement generally follows Slim Harpo's, but includes a slide-guitar break by Brian Jones.  This live version from one of their earlier tours, is unreleased.  Reocrded 1979, Los Angeles, California.

Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers – I JUST WANT TO MAKE LOVE TO YOU - "I Just Want to Make Love to You" is a 1954 blues song written by Willie Dixon and first recorded by Muddy Waters. The song was a major hit, reaching number four on Billboard magazine's Black Singles chart.  In 1961, Etta James recorded the song for her debut album At Last!.  Blues-rock group Foghat released a version of "I Just Want to Make Love to You" on their self-titled debut album in 1972.  Taken from “The Live Anthology” 4 CD set, 2009. Recorded 1995, Toronto, Canada.

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Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers - SO YOU WANT TO BE A ROCK AND ROLL STAR  - "So You Want to Be a Rock 'n' Roll Star" is a song by the American rock band The Byrds, written by Jim McGuinn and Chris Hillman and included on their 1967 album, Younger Than Yesterday.  The song was released as a single on January 9, 1967 (see 1967 in music) and reached #29 on the Billboard Hot 100.  The song was inspired by the hype surrounding the creation of The Monkees, whose television series had recently debuted in America and had launched the pre-fabricated band to international fame. The manufactured nature of the group caused Hillman and McGuinn to look upon the current state of the pop world with more than a little cynicism.  From the CD, “Pack Up The Plantation”, 1985.  Recorded at the Wiltern Theatre, Los Angeles, California, August 7, 1985.

Tom Petty w/Roger McGuinn – MR. TAMBOURINE MAN – "Mr. Tambourine Man" is a song written, composed, and performed by Bob Dylan, who released his original version of it on his 1965 album Bringing It All Back Home. The Byrds also recorded a version of the song that they released in the same year as their first single on Columbia Records, reaching number 1 on both the Billboard Hot 100 chart and the UK Singles Chart, as well as being the title track of their first album, Mr. Tambourine Man. The Byrds' recording of the song was influential in initiating the musical subgenre of folk rock, leading many contemporary bands to mimic its fusion of jangly guitars and intellectual lyrics in the wake of the single's success.  This song has been covered by many artists, including Judy Collins, Odetta, Melanie, and William Shatner. The song's popularity led to Dylan recording it live many times, and it has been included in multiple Dylan and Byrds compilation albums. It has been translated into other languages, and has been used or referenced in television shows, films and books.  Unreleased live version.  Location and year unknown.

Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers – RAINY DAY WOMEN #12 & 35 - "Rainy Day Women #12 & 35" is a song by Bob Dylan and the opening track of his 1966 album, Blonde on Blonde.  The song is notable for its unusual brass arrangement and the somewhat controversial "They'll stone ya" in every line of the verses, plus the refrain of "But I would not feel so all alone--everybody must get stoned!". Robert Shelton's 1986 biography of Dylan, No Direction Home, states that the song was banned by some American and British radio stations because it was perceived as a "drug song".  From the 2 CD set “Bob Dylan – The 30th Anniversary Concert Collection, 1993.  Recorded on October 16, 1992 at Madison Square Garden in New York City, New York.

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Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers – DON’T BRING ME DOWN -  "Don't Bring Me Down" is a rock song composed by Gerry Goffin and Carole King and recorded as a 1966 hit single by The Animals.  "Don't Bring Me Down" was the third of The Animals' epic personalisations of Brill Building material, following the 1965 hits "We Gotta Get Out of This Place" and "It's My Life". According to one account, all three came out of one call in 1965 that The Animals' then-producer Mickie Most made for songs.  From “Playback” , a 6 CD set released in 1995.  Recorded 1978, at the Paradise Club, Boston, Massachusettes.