Thomas Earl Petty grew up in Florida, and his interest in
Rock and Roll came at the age of 10 after shaking hands with Elvis
Presley. In his early days, Tom Petty was the member of bands like
Epic and Mudcrutch. Mudcrutch was especially popular in the
Gainesville, FL club scene, but nothing materialized for the band
outside of Florida. Tom Petty decided to pursue a solo career, and
Tom Petty's Heartbreaker's were formed.
Tom Petty and the Heartbreaker's released their
1976. This initial release did not fair extremely well in
the USA, but was popular in the UK. The song "Breakdown" from this
release did make it into the top 40. Subsequent albums picked up
for the band. Tom Petty's 2nd release, You're Gonna Get It,
was released in 1978 and featured the hit songs "I Need to Know" and
"Listen To Her Heart". Damn the Torpedoes was released in
1979 and featured the hit songs "Refugee", "Don't Do Me Like That", and
"Here Comes My Girl".
As the 80's rolled in, Tom Petty and the Heartbreaker's
continued releasing hit songs. You may remember the songs "The
Waiting" (Hard Promises, 1981), "Don't Come Around Here No More"
(Southern Accents, 1985), and "Jammin' Me" (Let Me Up I've had
Enough, 1987). The band's 1989 release, Full Moon Fever,
featured the hit songs "I Won't Back Down", "Free Fallin", and "Running
Down a Dream". Some of you may also remember that in the
late 1980's, Tom Petty hooked up with Roy Orbison, George Harrison, Bob
Dylan, and Jeff Lynne to form the super group the Traveling Wilburys.
In 1991, Tom Petty released the album Into the Great Wide Open, which
featured the hit title track in addition to the song "Learning to Fly".
"Mary Jane's Last Dance" was a hit song specifically written for the
bands first greatest hits release in 1992.
Since the band's heyday of the 1980's and early 1990's,
Tom Petty has continued to perform on stage and in studio (and their has
been some more top 40 hits). Many people are probably also aware
that Tom Petty shows up from time to time as an actor, on both the
silver screen and on television (even as a cartoon characters on shows
like The Simpsons and King of the Hill). At the time of this
writing, the Tom Petty and the Heartbreaker's Discography was as
follows:1976: Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers
1977: Official Live 'Leg
1978: Your'e Gonna Get It!
1979: Damn the Torpedoes
1981: Hard Promises
1982: Long After Dark
1985: Southern Accents
1985: Pack Up the Plantation: Live!
1987: Let Me Up (I've Had Enough)
1989: Full Moon Fever
1991: Into the Great Wide Open
1993: Greatest Hits
1996: Songs and Music from She's the One
2000: Anthology: Through the Years
2002: The Last DJ
2006: Highway Companion
2009: The Live Anthology
2010: Mojo Tour 2010
2011: Kiss My Amps (Live)