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Tom Petty

Tom Petty


Famous as :

Rock musician

Birth Name :

Thomas Earl Petty

Birth Date :

October 20, 1950

Birth Place :

Gainesville, Florida, USA

Spouse :

Jane Benyo (26-Mar-74 - 9-Sep-96), Dana York (since 3-Jun-01)

Claim to fame :

Album "Damn the Torpedoes" (1979)


Admirably made a glittering return to music scene with numerous critics' praise directed to his third solo album, “Highway Companion”, Tom Petty seemingly has not only poured down all of his musical talents and skills to turn the year into another great period to pass through, but also his whole energy as well for dates of his 2006 U.S tour alongside the Heartbreakers keeps being added to satisfy his fans across the country for sure. Already carried out the first leg rather velvety from June 9 to July 3, this veteran rock artist next sets to continue his journey in the second leg of the tour, first going to Portland, Oregon on July 29 before making stops to other cities like Seattle, Houston, Detroit, Hartford, and Camden until August 18. After a less-than-one-month break, the third leg will begin on September 14 in Chicago then spreading to Austin, Gainesville, Los Angeles, San Diego, Berkeley plus Glendale where it will be wrapped up on October 4 with John Mayer as the opening act.

Born Thomas Earl Petty on October 20, 1950 in Gainesville, Florida, Tom initially began developing his flair in music during his teens through frequent self-trainings either at home or fall-out shelter located in the backyard of his family's residence yet the thought of becoming a musician originally had never passed into his mind at that time though. All then started to change when Elvis Presley suddenly made a stop at a neighboring city of Ocala to film his 1962 vehicle of “Follow That Dream” and upon watching the megastar performing, the boy was so struck by his charisma that an inspiration to follow the singer's trail subsequently took roots within him. First drawing from the ranks of his friends at Gainesville High School to form The Sundowners which later led into the establishment of Mudcrutch, he, alongside the personnel, at last managed to secure a record deal with fledgling label Shelter Records to afterwards delightfully see the band's single, “Depot Street”, hit the market in 1974.

Latest News

Tom Petty Calls Sam Smith Songwriting Dispute 'a Musical Accident'

January 29, 2015 22:05:27 GMT

is pleased with the way handled their songwriting dispute. Now that matter is resolved, the classic rock star describes the similarities between his song "I Won't Back Down" and Smith's "Stay With Me" as "a musical accident no more no less."

Sam Smith Should Pay Tom Petty Songwriting Royalties Over 'Stay With Me'

January 27, 2015 02:03:50 GMT

has been given a co-writing credit on 's hit "Stay With Me". According to The Sun, the veteran singer noticed that the song, which was one of 2014's bests, sounded very similar to his 1989 classic "I Won't Back Down". His lawyers then contacted Smith's team and the case was eventually settled out of court back in October.

Tom Petty Scores First No. 1 Album on Billboard 200 With 'Hypnotic Eye'

August 07, 2014 02:01:31 GMT

Nearly four decades after being formed, Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers finally has their first No. 1 album on Billboard 200. The band has their latest album "" landed atop the chart with 131,000 copies sold in its first week, according to Nielsen SoundScan.

Tom Petty Refunds Tickets to L.A. Show Cut Short by Fire Marshall

June 13, 2013 02:36:05 GMT

Following up on his promise to fully reimburse those who attended their show on Saturday night at the Fonda Theatre in Los Angeles, has started to refund tickets to the June 8 Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers gig. The show was cut short after a fire marshal shut it down due to the crowd size.

Tom Petty's Los Angeles Concert Cut Short by Fire Marshall

June 10, 2013 15:44:38 GMT

and The Heartbreakers' concert at Los Angeles' Fonda Theatre didn't go as planned. Fans attending the Saturday night, June 8 gig were left disappointed when the band ended their performance around 90 minutes into their set.

Tom Petty Invites Fans to Radio Broadcast and Recalls His Hard-up Days

April 18, 2011 18:12:00 GMT

The singer/songwriter, returned to EastWest Studios, where he and his band Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers recorded "" in 2002, for the special broadcast of his Sirius XM show, "Tom Petty's Buried Treasure."

Tom Petty Dedicates New Song to Late Band Mate

June 24, 2010 06:10:09 GMT

Rocker wrote new song "Running Man's Bible" during a flood of emotions about former bandmate Howie Epstein's death. The Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers leader has often struggled with Epstein's 2003 drug-related death, admitting the bass player's narcotics use had turned him into an unpredictable band mate - but he was still devastated after hearing of his passing.

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