Tom Petty’s Early Years
Born on Oct. 20, 1950, and raised in Gainesville, Florida, Tom Petty dropped out of high school to pursue music along with his band Mudcrutch, which included future Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers members Mike Campbell (second from left) and Benmont Tench, in addition to Randall Marsh (second from proper) and Tom Leadon (proper).
Tom Petty’s First Massive Hits
Mudcrutch ultimately cut up up, and Petty thought-about going solo. However after listening to a few of Tench’s new work, Campbell and Petty re-joined forces with him, including Ron Blair and Stan Lynch to the combination. The group’s early success truly got here in England, although singles “Breakdown” and “American Woman” grew to become ’70s radio hits. Rattling the Torpedoes was their breakthrough in 1979, with “Do not Do Me Like That” and “Refugee” each Prime 40 hits (Torpedoes peaked at No. 2 on the Billboard 200 albums chart). Two years later, Exhausting Guarantees offered one other hit with “The Ready.”
Tom Petty’s Household Troubles
Although having fun with his success, Petty was hiding numerous demons, which got here out in 2015’s Petty: The Biography. The singer recalled bodily abuse by the hands of his father; dropping his mom in 1980 on the peak of his fame; and heroin abuse within the Nineties. “It is an unsightly f—ing factor. Actually ugly,” he told writer Warren Zanes. “I worry that if I speak about it, individuals will assume, ‘Effectively, I might do it and get off.’ However you may’t. Only a few individuals do.”
Tom Petty in Motion pictures and TV
Petty discovered added fame on screens, too, with a cameo in 1978’s FM, a bit half in 1987’s Made in Heaven (proper, with Timothy Hutton) and components in It is Garry Shandling’s Present, The Simpsons and King of the Hill.
Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers
Petty and the Heartbreakers spent 1986 touring with Bob Dylan (proper), who, although at the moment lengthy out of his interval of country-tinged, jangly folk-rock that was his clearest hyperlink to Petty’s sound, was a transparent affect on Petty. The 2 males grew to become pals, joining forces in the supergroup the Touring Wilburys, which additionally featured George Harrison, Roy Orbison and Jeff Lynne.
Tom Petty and Jane Benyo
Petty tied the knot with Jane Benyo (proper) in 1974; the 2 had been married till September of 1996 and collectively had two daughters, Adria and AnnaKim Violette.
Tom Petty and Stevie Nicks
Within the ’80s, Petty dueted with Stevie Nicks on a track he penned, “Cease Draggin’ My Coronary heart Round.” It started a sequence of collaborations for the 2. “She’s an excellent buddy,” Petty told the Toronto Sun years later. “I’ve recognized her since 1978 and she or he’s insisted on being in my life. A few of my finest musical recollections of her are sitting on the sofa and simply taking part in the guitar whereas she sings.”
Tom Petty’s Star on the Stroll of Fame
The group was honored with a star on the Hollywood Stroll of Fame in April 1999. “We used to stroll up and down this road and have a look at the celebs and by no means dreamed we’d have one,” Petty told the crowd.
Tom Petty and Dana York
In 2001, at age 50, Petty tied the knot again, with longtime girlfriend and fan Dana York (right here with him at a 2014 occasion). The 2 wed in Las Vegas in early June, earlier than saying “I do” in entrance of family and friends at their Malibu residence a number of weeks later. Little Richard officiated.
Tom Petty on the Rock & Roll Corridor of Fame
In 2002, Tom Petty and The Heartbreakers had been inducted into the Rock & Roll Corridor of Fame. “I’m actually humbled,” Petty said in his portion of the band’s acceptance speech. “The music overcame me at a really early age and has consumed my life. I like every little thing about it — all of the individuals I’ve met, the nice occasions they’ve had. I thank this rock ‘n’ roll for the liberty it is given me, and I thank the followers for such a beautiful life. And I thank God for all of it.”
Tom Petty Performs the Tremendous Bowl
In 2008, a brand new technology of followers met Petty and his bandmates when the group carried out throughout the Tremendous Bowl XLII halftime present. The set checklist included favorites like “American Woman,” “I Will not Again Down,” “Free Fallin'” and “Runnin’ Down a Dream.” (Watch the full video here.)
Tom Petty’s Household
Petty’s daughter Adria (pictured right here with Dad on the 2012 MTV VMAs) is a movie director who’s labored with a number of A-list celebs. His youthful daughter, AnnaKim Violette, is an L.A.-based artist. He additionally has a stepson, Dylan, from his second marriage.
Tom Petty’s Closing Years
In 2017, Petty and The Heartbreakers kicked off a fortieth anniversary tour. However for a bunch who’d spent years within the studio and on the street, it was wanting like this may very well be a last hurrah. “I am pondering it might be the final journey across the nation,” Petty told Rolling Stone. “It’s totally probably we’ll preserve taking part in, however will we tackle 50 reveals in a single tour? I do not assume so. I might be mendacity if I did not say I used to be pondering this could be the final massive one. We’re all on the bottom of our sixties. I’ve a granddaughter now I might wish to see as a lot as I can. I do not wish to spend my life on the street. This tour will take me away for 4 months. With a little bit child, that is numerous time.”
On Oct. 2, 2017, the rocker was taken to a hospital after struggling cardiac arrest at residence, but died that night. The reason for loss of life was later discovered to be an accidental drug overdose. Petty was 66 years previous.