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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. Tom Petty was born and raised in Gainesville, Florida, and attended Gainesville High School. His interest in rock and roll music began at age 10 when he met Elvis Presley. 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. He instantly became an Elvis Presley fan and soon traded his Wham-O slingshot for a box of Elvis 45s. 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. One of his first guitar teachers was Don Felder, a fellow Gainesville resident, who would later join the Eagles. Tom Leadon (another Eagle - Bernie's) brother was a one-time member of Mudcrutch. As a young man, Petty worked briefly on the grounds crew for the University of Florida, but never attended as a student. Petty also overcame a difficult relationship with his father, who found it hard to accept that his son was "a mild-mannered kid who was interested in the arts" and subjected him to verbal and physical abuse on a regular basis. Petty was extremely close to his mother, and remains close to his brother Bruce. 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 - SURRENDER– From the CD collection, Anthology: Through the Years -- a double compilation album featuring the best of Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers. It contains a new song, "Surrender", written by Petty during the You're Gonna Get It! sessions, but recorded in 2000 especially for this release. "Surrender" is also the last studio recording of Howie Epstein before his death.
Mudcrutch - SIX DAYS ON THE ROAD - "Six Days on the Road" is an American song written by Muscle Shoals Sound Studio songwriter Carl Montgomery and Earl Green, made famous originally by country music singer Dave Dudley. First released in 1963, the song became a major hit that year and is often hailed as the definitive celebration of the American truck driver. From their self-titled reunion CD, 2008.
Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers– HONEY BEE – From his 1994 appearance on SNL, with Dave Grohl on drums. Originally recorded on his “Wildflowers” CD, 1994. This version taken from the “Runnin’ Down a Dream” soundtrack, 2007.
Tom Petty – WAYS TO BE WICKED – Demo version of the song later released by Lone Justice on their self-titled, debut album, 1985. Taken from his 6 CD collection, “Playback”, 1995.
Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers– STOP DRAGGIN’ MY HEART AROUND – Demo version of the song later recorded by Stevie Nicks on her debut solo album Bella Donna, 1981. This is the album's only song that was neither written nor co-written by Nicks, it was written by Tom Petty and Mike Campbell as a Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers song, but Jimmy Iovine, who was also working for Stevie Nicks at the time, arranged for her to sing on it. Petty sang with Nicks in the chorus and bridge, whilst his entire band (save Ron Blair, whose bass track was played by Donald "Duck" Dunn instead) played on the song. Taken from his 6 CD collection, “Playback”, 1995.
Tom Petty w/Stevie Nicks – WORRIED GUY (a.k.a. INSOMNIA) – Unreleased. Recorded during the same sessions as “Stop Draggin’ My Heart Around” and “The Insider”, two other Petty/Nicks duets.
Tom Petty - 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. This live version is taken from the 2-CD set “Bob Dylan – the 30th Anniversary Concert Celebration”, 1993.
Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers– CRY TO ME - "Cry to Me" is a song written by Bert Russell a/k/a Bert Berns, first recorded under the production of Bert Berns by Solomon Burke, reaching #5 on the R&B charts in 1962. This live version is from the “No Nukes” Album released in 1980.
Tom Petty w/Roger McGuinn – MR. TAMBOURINE MAN – Unreleased live version. Location unknown.
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. The first-person lyrics describe how Cochran wants a convertible he can't afford and a girl who he fears will not go out with him. But in the end, by saving money, he is able to buy a slightly older car, and works up the confidence to ask the girl out. The song has been covered by numerous bands, such as The Move (as title track to their 1968 live-ep Something Else from The Move), Led Zeppelin (appeared on both their 1997 compilation BBC Sessions, and their 2003 Led Zeppelin DVD), Slade, the New York Dolls, The Flamin' Groovies, Prima Donna, UFO, Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers (appeared on his albums Playback and Damn the Torpedoes), The Beatles, Keith Richards with the X-Pensive Winos, The Georgia Satellites, Speedy Keen, Teenage Head and notably Sid Vicious, who made it his second single as a solo artist. This live version from one of their earlier tours, is unreleased.
Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers - ROUTE 66 - "(Get Your Kicks on) Route 66", often rendered simply as "Route 66", is a popular song and rhythm and blues standard, composed in 1946 by American songwriter Bobby Troup. It was first recorded in the same year by Nat King Cole, and was subsequently covered by many artists including Chuck Berry in 1961, The Rolling Stones in 1964, Depeche Mode in 1987, John Mayer in 2006, and Glenn Frey in 2012. The song's lyrics follow the path of the U.S. Route 66 highway, which used to run a long distance across the U.S., going from Chicago, Illinois, to Los Angeles, California.. This live version from one of their earlier tours, is unreleased.
Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers - JAGUAR AND THUNDERBIRD – Originally written and recorded by Chuck Berry, this live version from one of their earlier tours, is unreleased.
Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers – LOST HIGHWAY - "Lost Highway" is a country music song written and recorded by blind country singer-songwriter Leon Payne in 1948. It was released in October 1948 on Nashville-based Bullet label. In 1949, a very famous version was recorded and released by Hank Williams. The version is so well known that he is often mistakenly credited for writing the song. A version filmed during a rehearsal appears in the Tom Petty documentary Runnin' Down a Dream. This version is from the soundtrack of that film, 2007.