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Tom Petty

Tom Petty is one of rock music's most popular, successful and well respected songwriters, musicians and performers. A native of Gainsville, Florida, Petty was raised on the rock 'n' roll music of the 1050s and '60s. He formed his group, The Heartbreakers, in the mid-'70s and released his first album, Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers, in 1976. This gold-selling record featured one of Petty's signature songs, Breakdown.

Tom Petty's career highlights to date include the release of 15 multimillion-selling albums, including Damn the Torpedoes, Full Moon Fever and Wildflowers. Two of these albums were recorded without the Heartbreakers, and two were recorded with the supergroup the Traveling Wilburys; featuring fellow musicians Bob Dylan, George Harrison, Roy Orbison and Jeff Lynne. Hit Petty singles include American Girl, Refugee, The Waiting, Free Fallin', I Won't Back Down and You Don't Know How It Feels. He is known as an artist whose songs are direct honest and powerful.

Tom Petty has been nominated for nine Grammy awards, winning one in 1989 with the Traveling Wilburys and another in 1995 for his song You Don't Know How It Feels. He also won the MTV Video Vanguard Award for his array of creative and critically acclaimed music videos.

Note: This profile was written in or before 2002.

Tom Petty Facts

BirthdayOctober 20, 1950 (73)
BirthplaceGainesville, Florida, USA

Selected Filmography

Tom Petty And The Heartbreakers: Runnin' Down A Dream
Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers
Tom Petty and The Heartbreakers: Live
Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers
Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers: Damn the Torpedoes
I Hate Tom Petty
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