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BornTom Petty_header_cell_0_1_0 Thomas Earl Petty

(1950-10-20)October 20, 1950 Gainesville, Florida, U.S.Tom Petty_cell_0_1_1

DiedTom Petty_header_cell_0_2_0 October 2, 2017(2017-10-02) (aged 66)

Santa Monica, California, U.S.Tom Petty_cell_0_2_1

Cause of deathTom Petty_header_cell_0_3_0 Accidental drug overdoseTom Petty_cell_0_3_1
Other namesTom Petty_header_cell_0_4_0 Tom Petty_cell_0_4_1
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Years activeTom Petty_header_cell_0_6_0 1968–2017Tom Petty_cell_0_6_1
Spouse(s)Tom Petty_header_cell_0_7_0 Jane Benyo

​ ​(m. 1974; div. 1996)​

Dana York ​(m. 2001)​Tom Petty_cell_0_7_1

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Thomas Earl Petty (October 20, 1950 – October 2, 2017) was an American singer, songwriter, musician, record producer, and actor. Tom Petty_sentence_0

He was the lead vocalist and guitarist of Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers, formed in 1976. Tom Petty_sentence_1

He previously led the band Mudcrutch, and was also a member of the late 1980s supergroup the Traveling Wilburys. Tom Petty_sentence_2

Petty recorded a number of hit singles with the Heartbreakers and as a solo artist. Tom Petty_sentence_3

His hit singles with the Heartbreakers include "Don't Do Me Like That" (1979), "Refugee" (1980), "The Waiting" (1981), "Don't Come Around Here No More" (1985) and "Learning to Fly" (1991). Tom Petty_sentence_4

Petty's hit singles as a solo act include "I Won't Back Down" (1989), "Free Fallin'" (1989), and "You Don't Know How It Feels" (1994). Tom Petty_sentence_5

In his career, he sold more than 80 million records worldwide, making him one of the best-selling music artists of all time. Tom Petty_sentence_6

Petty and the Heartbreakers were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2002. Tom Petty_sentence_7

Petty died of an accidental drug overdose on October 2, 2017, one week after the end of the Heartbreakers' 40th Anniversary Tour. Tom Petty_sentence_8

Early life Tom Petty_section_0

Petty was born October 20, 1950, in Gainesville, Florida, the first of two sons of Kitty (Katherine) Petty, a local tax office worker, and Earl Petty, who was a traveling salesman. Tom Petty_sentence_9

He had a brother, Bruce, who was seven years younger. Tom Petty_sentence_10

His interest in rock and roll music began at age ten when he met Elvis Presley. Tom Petty_sentence_11

In the summer of 1961, his uncle was working on the set of Presley's film Follow That Dream, in nearby Ocala, and invited Petty to watch the shoot. Tom Petty_sentence_12

He instantly became a Presley fan, and when he returned that Saturday, he was greeted by his friend Keith Harben, and soon traded his Wham-O slingshot for a collection of Elvis 45's. Tom Petty_sentence_13

Of that meeting with Presley, Petty said, "Elvis glowed." Tom Petty_sentence_14

In a 2006 interview, Petty said he knew he wanted to be in a band the moment he saw the Beatles on The Ed Sullivan Show. Tom Petty_sentence_15

"The minute I saw the Beatles on the Ed Sullivan Show—and it's true of thousands of guys—there was the way out. Tom Petty_sentence_16

There was the way to do it. Tom Petty_sentence_17

You get your friends and you're a self-contained unit. Tom Petty_sentence_18

And you make the music. Tom Petty_sentence_19

And it looked like so much fun. Tom Petty_sentence_20

It was something I identified with. Tom Petty_sentence_21

I had never been hugely into sports. Tom Petty_sentence_22

... Tom Petty_sentence_23

I had been a big fan of Elvis. Tom Petty_sentence_24

But I really saw in the Beatles that here's something I could do. Tom Petty_sentence_25

I knew I could do it. Tom Petty_sentence_26

It wasn't long before there were groups springing up in garages all over the place." Tom Petty_sentence_27

He dropped out of high school at age 17 to play bass with his newly formed band. Tom Petty_sentence_28

In an interview with the CBC in 2014, Petty stated that the Rolling Stones were "my punk music". Tom Petty_sentence_29

He credited the group with inspiring him by demonstrating that he and musicians like him could make it in rock and roll. Tom Petty_sentence_30

Don Felder, a fellow Gainesville resident, who later joined the Eagles, claimed in his autobiography that he was one of his first guitar teachers although Petty said that Felder taught him to play piano instead. Tom Petty_sentence_31

As a young man, Petty worked briefly on the grounds crew of the University of Florida, but never attended as a student. Tom Petty_sentence_32

An Ogeechee lime tree that he purportedly planted while employed at the university is now called the Tom Petty tree (Petty stated that he did not recall planting any trees). Tom Petty_sentence_33

He also worked briefly as a gravedigger. Tom Petty_sentence_34

Petty also overcame a difficult relationship with his father. Tom Petty_sentence_35

According to Petty, his father found it difficult to accept that Petty was "a mild-mannered kid who was interested in the arts" and subjected him to verbal and physical abuse on a regular basis. Tom Petty_sentence_36

Petty has described his father as a "wild, gambling drinker guy". Tom Petty_sentence_37

Petty was close to his mother and remained close to his brother, Bruce. Tom Petty_sentence_38

Career Tom Petty_section_1

1976–1987: Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers Tom Petty_section_2

Main article: Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers Tom Petty_sentence_39

Shortly after embracing his musical aspirations, Petty started a band known as the Epics, later to evolve into Mudcrutch. Tom Petty_sentence_40

The band included future Heartbreakers Mike Campbell and Benmont Tench and was popular in Gainesville, but their recordings went unnoticed by a mainstream audience. Tom Petty_sentence_41

Their only single, "Depot Street", released in 1975 by Shelter Records, failed to chart. Tom Petty_sentence_42

After Mudcrutch split up, Petty reluctantly agreed to pursue a solo career. Tom Petty_sentence_43

Tench decided to form his own group, whose sound Petty appreciated. Tom Petty_sentence_44

Eventually, Petty and Campbell collaborated with Tench, Ron Blair and Stan Lynch, forming the first lineup of the Heartbreakers. Tom Petty_sentence_45

Their eponymous debut album gained minute popularity amongst American audiences, achieving greater success in Britain. Tom Petty_sentence_46

The singles "American Girl" and "Breakdown" (re-released in 1977) peaked at No. Tom Petty_sentence_47

40 after the band toured in the United Kingdom in support of Nils Lofgren. Tom Petty_sentence_48

The debut album was released by Shelter Records, which at that time was distributed by ABC Records. Tom Petty_sentence_49

Their second album, You're Gonna Get It! Tom Petty_sentence_50 , was the band's first Top 40 album, featuring the singles "I Need to Know" and "Listen to Her Heart". Tom Petty_sentence_51

Their third album, Damn the Torpedoes, quickly went platinum, selling nearly two million copies; it includes their breakthrough singles "Don't Do Me Like That", "Here Comes My Girl", "Even the Losers" and "Refugee". Tom Petty_sentence_52

In September 1979, Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers performed at a Musicians United for Safe Energy concert at Madison Square Garden in New York. Tom Petty_sentence_53

Their rendition of "Cry to Me" was featured on the resulting album, No Nukes. Tom Petty_sentence_54

The 4th album Hard Promises, released in 1981, became a top-ten hit, going platinum and spawning the hit single "The Waiting". Tom Petty_sentence_55

The album also featured Petty's first duet, "Insider" with Stevie Nicks. Tom Petty_sentence_56

Bass player Ron Blair quit the group and was replaced on the fifth album, Long After Dark (1982), by Howie Epstein; the resulting lineup lasted until 1994. Tom Petty_sentence_57

The album contained the hit "You Got Lucky". Tom Petty_sentence_58

In 1985, the band participated in Live Aid, playing four songs at John F. Kennedy Stadium, in Philadelphia. Tom Petty_sentence_59

Southern Accents was also released in 1985. Tom Petty_sentence_60

This album included the hit single "Don't Come Around Here No More", which was produced by Dave Stewart. Tom Petty_sentence_61

The song's video featured Petty dressed as the Mad Hatter, mocking and chasing Alice from the book Alice's Adventures in Wonderland, then cutting and eating her as if she were a cake. Tom Petty_sentence_62

The ensuing tour led to the live album Pack Up the Plantation: Live! Tom Petty_sentence_63

and an invitation from Bob Dylan—Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers joined him on his True Confessions Tour. Tom Petty_sentence_64

They also played some dates with the Grateful Dead in 1986 and 1987. Tom Petty_sentence_65

Also in 1987, the group released Let Me Up (I've Had Enough) which includes "Jammin' Me" which Petty wrote with Dylan. Tom Petty_sentence_66

1988–1991: Traveling Wilburys and solo career Tom Petty_section_3

Main articles: Traveling Wilburys and Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers Tom Petty_sentence_67

In 1988, Petty joined George Harrison's group, the Traveling Wilburys, which also included Bob Dylan, Roy Orbison, and Jeff Lynne. Tom Petty_sentence_68

The band's first song, "Handle with Care", was intended as a B-side of one of Harrison's singles, but was judged too good for that purpose and the group decided to record a full album, Traveling Wilburys Vol. 1. Tom Petty_sentence_69

A second Wilburys album, mischievously titled Traveling Wilburys Vol. 3 and recorded without the recently deceased Orbison, followed in 1990. Tom Petty_sentence_70

The album was named Vol. 3 as a response to a series of bootlegged studio sessions being sold as Travelling Wilburys Vol. 2. Tom Petty_sentence_71

Petty incorporated Traveling Wilburys songs into his live shows, consistently playing "Handle with Care" in shows from 2003 to 2006, and for his 2008 tour adding "surprises" such as "End of the Line" to the set list. Tom Petty_sentence_72

In 1989, Petty released Full Moon Fever, which featured hits "I Won't Back Down", "Free Fallin'" and "Runnin' Down a Dream". Tom Petty_sentence_73

It was nominally his first solo album, although several Heartbreakers and other well-known musicians participated: Mike Campbell co-produced the album with Petty and Jeff Lynne of Electric Light Orchestra, and backing musicians included Campbell, Lynne, and fellow Wilburys Roy Orbison and George Harrison (Ringo Starr appears on drums in the video for "I Won't Back Down", but they were actually performed by Phil Jones). Tom Petty_sentence_74

Petty and the Heartbreakers reformed in 1991 and released Into the Great Wide Open, which was co-produced by Lynne and included the hit singles "Learning To Fly" and "Into the Great Wide Open", the latter featuring Johnny Depp and Faye Dunaway in the music video. Tom Petty_sentence_75

Before leaving MCA Records, Petty and the Heartbreakers got together to record, live in the studio, two new songs for a Greatest Hits package: "Mary Jane's Last Dance" and Thunderclap Newman's "Something in the Air". Tom Petty_sentence_76

This was Stan Lynch's last recorded performance with the Heartbreakers. Tom Petty_sentence_77

Petty commented "He left right after the session without really saying goodbye." Tom Petty_sentence_78

The package went on to sell over ten million copies, therefore receiving diamond certification by the RIAA. Tom Petty_sentence_79

1991–2017: Move to Warner Bros. Records Tom Petty_section_4

In 1989, while still under contract to MCA, Petty secretly signed a lucrative deal with Warner Bros. Records, to which the Traveling Wilburys had been signed. Tom Petty_sentence_80

His first album on his new label, 1994's Wildflowers (Petty's second of three solo albums), included the highly beloved title track, as well as the singles "You Don't Know How It Feels", "You Wreck Me", "It's Good to Be King", and "A Higher Place". Tom Petty_sentence_81

The album, produced by Rick Rubin, sold over three million copies in the United States. Tom Petty_sentence_82

In 1996, Petty, with the Heartbreakers, released a soundtrack to the movie She's the One, starring Cameron Diaz and Jennifer Aniston (see Songs and Music from "She's the One"). Tom Petty_sentence_83

The album's singles were "Walls (Circus)" (featuring Lindsey Buckingham), "Climb that Hill", and a song written by Lucinda Williams, "Change the Locks". Tom Petty_sentence_84

The album also included a cover of "Asshole", a song by Beck. Tom Petty_sentence_85

The same year, the band accompanied Johnny Cash on Unchained (provisionally entitled "Petty Cash"), for which Cash would win a Grammy for Best Country Album (Cash would later cover Petty's "I Won't Back Down" on American III: Solitary Man). Tom Petty_sentence_86

In 1999, Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers released their last album with Rubin at the helm, Echo. Tom Petty_sentence_87

Two songs were released as singles in the U.S., "Room at the Top" and "Free Girl Now". Tom Petty_sentence_88

The album reached number 10 in the U.S. album charts. Tom Petty_sentence_89

Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers played "I Won't Back Down" at the America: A Tribute to Heroes benefit concert for victims of the September 11, 2001 attacks. Tom Petty_sentence_90

The following year, they played "Taxman", "I Need You" and "Handle with Care" (joined for the last by Jeff Lynne, Dhani Harrison, and Jim Keltner) at the Concert for George in honor of Petty's friend and former bandmate George Harrison. Tom Petty_sentence_91

Petty's 2002 release, The Last DJ, was an album-length critique of the practices within the music industry. Tom Petty_sentence_92

The title track, inspired by Los Angeles radio personality Jim Ladd, bemoaned the end of the freedom that radio DJs once had to personally select songs for their station's playlists. Tom Petty_sentence_93

The album peaked at number nine on the Billboard 200 album chart in the United States. Tom Petty_sentence_94

In 2005, Petty began hosting his own show "Buried Treasure" on XM Satellite Radio, on which he shared selections from his personal record collection. Tom Petty_sentence_95

In 2006, Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers headlined the fifth annual Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival as part of their "30th Anniversary Tour". Tom Petty_sentence_96

Special guests included Stevie Nicks, Pearl Jam, the Allman Brothers Band, Trey Anastasio, the Derek Trucks Band, and the Black Crowes. Tom Petty_sentence_97

Nicks joined Petty and the Heartbreakers on stage for "a selection of songs" including "Stop Draggin' My Heart Around". Tom Petty_sentence_98

In July 2006, Petty released a solo album titled Highway Companion, which included the hit "Saving Grace". Tom Petty_sentence_99

It debuted at number four on the Billboard 200, which was Petty's highest chart position since the introduction of the Nielsen SoundScan system for tracking album sales in 1991. Tom Petty_sentence_100

Highway Companion was briefly promoted on the tour with the Heartbreakers in 2006, with performances of "Saving Grace", "Square One", "Down South" and "Flirting with Time". Tom Petty_sentence_101

During the summer of 2007, Petty reunited with his old bandmates Tom Leadon and Randall Marsh along with Heartbreakers Benmont Tench and Mike Campbell to reform his pre-Heartbreakers band Mudcrutch. Tom Petty_sentence_102

The quintet recorded an album of 14 songs that was released on April 29, 2008 (on iTunes, an additional song "Special Place" was available if the album was pre-ordered). Tom Petty_sentence_103

The band supported the album with a brief tour of California in the spring of 2008. Tom Petty_sentence_104

In 2007, Petty and the Heartbreakers’ contributed a cover of "I'm Walkin'" to the album Goin' Home: A Tribute to Fats Domino. Tom Petty_sentence_105

The album's sales helped buy instruments for students in New Orleans public schools and they contributed to the building of a community center in the city's Hurricane Katrina-damaged Ninth Ward. Tom Petty_sentence_106

On February 3, 2008, Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers performed during the halftime-show of Super Bowl XLII at the University of Phoenix Stadium. Tom Petty_sentence_107

They played "American Girl", "I Won't Back Down", "Free Fallin'" and "Runnin' Down a Dream". Tom Petty_sentence_108

That summer, the band toured North America with Steve Winwood as the opening act. Tom Petty_sentence_109

Winwood joined Petty and the Heartbreakers on stage at select shows and performed his Spencer Davis Group hit "Gimme Some Lovin'", and occasionally he performed his Blind Faith hit "Can't Find My Way Home". Tom Petty_sentence_110

In November 2009 the boxed set The Live Anthology, a compilation of live recordings from 1978 to 2006, was released. Tom Petty_sentence_111

The band's twelfth album Mojo was released on June 15, 2010, and reached number two on the Billboard 200 album chart. Tom Petty_sentence_112

Petty described the album as "Blues-based. Tom Petty_sentence_113

Some of the tunes are longer, more jam-y kind of music. Tom Petty_sentence_114

A couple of tracks really sound like the Allman Brothers—not the songs but the atmosphere of the band." Tom Petty_sentence_115

To promote the record, the band appeared as the musical guests on Saturday Night Live on May 15, 2010. Tom Petty_sentence_116

The release of Mojo was followed by a North American summer tour. Tom Petty_sentence_117

Prior to the tour, five of the band's guitars, including two owned by Petty, were stolen from their practice space in Culver City, California in April 2010. Tom Petty_sentence_118

The items were recovered by Los Angeles police the next week. Tom Petty_sentence_119

In 2012, the band went on a world tour that included their first European dates in 20 years and their first ever concerts in the Canadian provinces of Nova Scotia and Newfoundland and Labrador. Tom Petty_sentence_120

On July 28, 2014, Reprise Records released Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers' thirteenth studio album, Hypnotic Eye. Tom Petty_sentence_121

The album debuted at number one on the Billboard 200, becoming the first Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers album to ever top the chart. Tom Petty_sentence_122

On November 20, 2015, the Tom Petty Radio channel debuted on SiriusXM. Tom Petty_sentence_123

In 2017, the Heartbreakers embarked on a 40th Anniversary Tour of the United States. Tom Petty_sentence_124

The tour began on April 20 in Oklahoma City and ended on September 25 with a performance at the Hollywood Bowl in Hollywood, California. Tom Petty_sentence_125

The Hollywood Bowl concert, which would ultimately be the Heartbreakers' final show, ended with a performance of "American Girl". Tom Petty_sentence_126

On September 28, 2018, Reprise Records released An American Treasure, a 60-track career-spanning box set featuring dozens of previously unreleased recordings, alternate versions of classic songs, rarities, historic live performances and deep tracks. Tom Petty_sentence_127

The box set was preceded by the first single, "Keep A Little Soul", in July 2018. Tom Petty_sentence_128

The song is an unreleased outtake originally recorded in 1982 during the Long After Dark sessions. Tom Petty_sentence_129

Acting Tom Petty_section_5

Petty's first appearance in film took place in 1978, when he had a cameo in FM. Tom Petty_sentence_130

He later had a small part in 1987's Made in Heaven and appeared in several episodes of It's Garry Shandling's Show between 1987 and 1990, playing himself as one of Garry Shandling's neighbors. Tom Petty_sentence_131

Petty was also featured in Shandling's other show, The Larry Sanders Show, as one of the Story within a story final guests. Tom Petty_sentence_132

In the episode, Petty gets bumped from the show and nearly comes to blows with Greg Kinnear. Tom Petty_sentence_133

Petty appeared in the 1997 film The Postman, directed by and starring Kevin Costner, as the Bridge City Mayor (from the dialogue it is implied that he is playing a future history version of himself). Tom Petty_sentence_134

In 2002, he appeared on The Simpsons in the episode "How I Spent My Strummer Vacation", along with Mick Jagger, Keith Richards, Lenny Kravitz, Elvis Costello, and Brian Setzer. Tom Petty_sentence_135

In it, Petty spoofed himself as a tutor to Homer Simpson on the art of lyric writing, composing a brief song about a drunk girl driving down the road while concerned with the state of public schools. Tom Petty_sentence_136

Later in the episode, he loses a toe during a riot. Tom Petty_sentence_137

Petty had a recurring role as the voice of Elroy "Lucky" Kleinschmidt in the animated comedy series King of the Hill from 2004 to 2009. Tom Petty_sentence_138

In 2010, Petty made a five-second cameo appearance with comedian Andy Samberg in a musical video titled "Great Day" featured on the bonus DVD as part of The Lonely Island's new album Turtleneck & Chain. Tom Petty_sentence_139

Views on artistic control Tom Petty_section_6

Petty was known as a staunch guardian of his artistic control and artistic freedom. Tom Petty_sentence_140

In 1979, he was involved in a legal dispute when ABC Records was sold to MCA Records. Tom Petty_sentence_141

He refused to be transferred to another record label without his consent. Tom Petty_sentence_142

In May 1979, he filed for bankruptcy and was signed to the new MCA subsidiary Backstreet Records. Tom Petty_sentence_143

In early 1981, the upcoming Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers album, which would become Hard Promises, was slated to be the next MCA release with the new list price of $9.98, following Steely Dan's Gaucho and the Olivia Newton-John/Electric Light Orchestra Xanadu soundtrack. Tom Petty_sentence_144

This so-called "superstar pricing" was $1.00 more than the usual list price of $8.98. Tom Petty_sentence_145

Petty voiced his objections to the price hike in the press and the issue became a popular cause among music fans. Tom Petty_sentence_146

Non-delivery of the album and naming it Eight Ninety-Eight were considered, but eventually MCA decided against the price increase. Tom Petty_sentence_147

In 1987, Petty sued tire company B.F. Tom Petty_sentence_148 Goodrich for $1 million for using a song very similar to his song "Mary's New Car" in a TV commercial. Tom Petty_sentence_149

The ad agency that produced the commercial had previously sought permission to use Petty's song but was refused. Tom Petty_sentence_150

A judge issued a temporary restraining order prohibiting further use of the ad and the suit was later settled out of court. Tom Petty_sentence_151

Some have claimed that the Red Hot Chili Peppers single "Dani California", released in May 2006, is very similar to Petty's "Mary Jane's Last Dance". Tom Petty_sentence_152

Petty told Rolling Stone Magazine, "I seriously doubt that there is any negative intent there. Tom Petty_sentence_153

And a lot of rock 'n' roll songs sound alike. Tom Petty_sentence_154

Ask Chuck Berry. Tom Petty_sentence_155

The Strokes took 'American Girl' for their song 'Last Nite', and I saw an interview with them where they actually admitted it. Tom Petty_sentence_156

That made me laugh out loud. Tom Petty_sentence_157

I was like, 'OK, good for you' ... Tom Petty_sentence_158

If someone took my song note for note and stole it maliciously, then maybe [I'd sue]. Tom Petty_sentence_159

But I don't believe in lawsuits much. Tom Petty_sentence_160

I think there are enough frivolous lawsuits in this country without people fighting over pop songs." Tom Petty_sentence_161

In January 2015, it was revealed that Petty and Jeff Lynne would receive royalties from Sam Smith's song "Stay with Me" after its writers acknowledged similarities between it and "I Won't Back Down". Tom Petty_sentence_162

Petty and co-composer Lynne were each awarded 12.5% of the royalties from "Stay with Me", and their names were added to the ASCAP song credit. Tom Petty_sentence_163

Petty clarified that he did not believe Smith plagiarized him, saying, "All my years of songwriting have shown me these things can happen. Tom Petty_sentence_164

Most times you catch it before it gets out the studio door but in this case it got by. Tom Petty_sentence_165

Sam's people were very understanding of our predicament and we easily came to an agreement". Tom Petty_sentence_166

Personal life Tom Petty_section_7

Petty married Jane Benyo in 1974, and they divorced in 1996. Tom Petty_sentence_167

Benyo once told mutual friend Stevie Nicks that she had met Petty at "the age of seventeen". Tom Petty_sentence_168

Nicks misheard Benyo's North Florida accent, inspiring the title of her song "Edge of Seventeen". Tom Petty_sentence_169

Petty and Benyo had two daughters: Adria, a director, and Annakim, an artist. Tom Petty_sentence_170

On June 3, 2001, Petty married Dana York, who had a son, Dylan, from an earlier marriage. Tom Petty_sentence_171

In May 1987, an arsonist set fire to Petty's house in Encino, California. Tom Petty_sentence_172

Firefighters were able to salvage the basement recording studio and the original tapes stored there, as well as his Gibson Dove acoustic guitar. Tom Petty_sentence_173

His signature gray top hat, however, was destroyed. Tom Petty_sentence_174

Petty struggled with heroin addiction from roughly 1996 through 1999. Tom Petty_sentence_175

He credited the emotional pain from the dissolution of his marriage to Benyo as a major contributing cause. Tom Petty_sentence_176

He later said that "using heroin went against my grain. Tom Petty_sentence_177

I didn't want to be enslaved to anything." Tom Petty_sentence_178

He eventually went to a treatment center, and was able to successfully treat his addiction before the tour for Echo in mid-1999. Tom Petty_sentence_179

Petty spoke in 2014 of the benefits from his practice of Transcendental Meditation. Tom Petty_sentence_180

Death Tom Petty_section_8

Petty was found unconscious at his home, not breathing and in cardiac arrest, in the early morning of October 2, 2017. Tom Petty_sentence_181

He was resuscitated and taken to the UCLA Medical Center in Santa Monica, California, where he died at 8:40 pm PDT after premature reports of his death throughout the day. Tom Petty_sentence_182

A memorial service was held at the Self-Realization Fellowship Lake Shrine in Pacific Palisades, Los Angeles on October 16, 2017. Tom Petty_sentence_183

On January 19, 2018, the Los Angeles County Medical Examiner announced that Petty had died accidentally from mixed drug toxicity, a combination of fentanyl, oxycodone, acetylfentanyl and despropionyl fentanyl (all opioids); temazepam and alprazolam (both sedatives); and citalopram (an antidepressant). Tom Petty_sentence_184

In a statement on his official website, Petty's wife and daughter said he had multiple medical problems, including emphysema, knee difficulties "and most significantly a fractured hip". Tom Petty_sentence_185

He was prescribed pain medication for these problems and informed on the day of his death that his hip injury had worsened. Tom Petty_sentence_186

The statement read, "[it] is our feeling that the pain was simply unbearable and was the cause for his overuse of medication.[..] Tom Petty_sentence_187

We feel confident that this was, as the coroner found, an unfortunate accident." Tom Petty_sentence_188

On September 28, 2018, Petty's wife Dana gave an interview to Billboard saying that Petty put off hip surgery his doctors had recommended for some time. Tom Petty_sentence_189

"He'd had it in mind it was his last tour and he owed it to his long-time crew, from decades some of them, and his fans." Tom Petty_sentence_190

Dana said that Petty was in a good mood the day before his death: "He had those three shows in L.A. Never had he been so proud of himself, so happy, so looking forward to the future – and then he's gone." Tom Petty_sentence_191

Equipment Tom Petty_section_9

Petty owned and used a number of guitars over the years. Tom Petty_sentence_192

From 1976 to 1982, his main instrument was a sunburst 1964 Fender Stratocaster. Tom Petty_sentence_193

He also used a number of Rickenbacker guitars from 1979 onward. Tom Petty_sentence_194

The Rickenbacker 660/12TP was designed by Petty (specifically the neck) and featured his signature from 1991 to 1997. Tom Petty_sentence_195

He also extensively played several Fender Telecasters. Tom Petty_sentence_196

As a bassist, Petty played a Fender Jazz Bass, Rickenbacker 4003, Höfner Club Bass and Danelectro Longhorn among others. Tom Petty_sentence_197

For acoustic guitars, Petty had a signature C.F. Tom Petty_sentence_198 Martin HD-40, and wrote virtually all of his songs on a Gibson Dove acoustic saved from his 1987 house fire. Tom Petty_sentence_199

He also used a Gibson J-200 in a natural finish and a late 1970s Guild D25 12-string acoustic. Tom Petty_sentence_200

Petty's later amplifier setup featured two Fender Vibro-King 60-watt combos. Tom Petty_sentence_201

Awards and honors Tom Petty_section_10

Main article: List of awards and nominations received by Tom Petty Tom Petty_sentence_202

In 1994, You Got Lucky, a Petty tribute album featuring such bands as Everclear and Silkworm was released. Tom Petty_sentence_203

In April 1996, Petty received UCLA's George Gershwin and Ira Gershwin Award for Lifetime Musical Achievement. Tom Petty_sentence_204

The next month, Petty won the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers' Golden Note Award. Tom Petty_sentence_205

Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in 1999, for their contribution to the recording industry. Tom Petty_sentence_206

In December 2001, Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, which further honored Petty with an exhibit of his items from July 2006 until 2007. Tom Petty_sentence_207

Petty received the Billboard Century Award, the organization's highest honor for creative achievement on December 6, 2005. Tom Petty_sentence_208

In September 2006, Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers received the keys to the city of Gainesville, Florida, where he and his bandmates either lived or grew up. Tom Petty_sentence_209

Peter Bogdanovich's documentary film on Petty's career titled Runnin' Down a Dream premiered at the New York Film Festival in October 2007. Tom Petty_sentence_210

Petty was honored as MusiCares Person of the Year in February 2017 for his contributions to music and for his philanthropy. Tom Petty_sentence_211

A week after his death in 2017, a tribute to Petty was painted on Gainesville's Southwest 34th Street Wall. Tom Petty_sentence_212

It reads “Love you always, Gainesville No. Tom Petty_sentence_213

1 Son, Thanks, Tommy”. Tom Petty_sentence_214

In October 2018, on what would have been the singer's 68th birthday, the city of Gainesville renamed the former Northeast Park, a park where a young Petty had often visited, as Tom Petty Park. Tom Petty_sentence_215

Discography Tom Petty_section_11

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Solo Tom Petty_section_12

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with the Heartbreakers Tom Petty_section_13

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Posthumously Tom Petty_section_14

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with the Traveling Wilburys Tom Petty_section_15

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with Mudcrutch Tom Petty_section_16

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  • Mudcrutch (2008)Tom Petty_item_4_21
  • 2 (2016)Tom Petty_item_4_22

Filmography Tom Petty_section_17

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FilmTom Petty_header_cell_1_0_0
YearTom Petty_header_cell_1_1_0 TitleTom Petty_header_cell_1_1_1 RoleTom Petty_header_cell_1_1_2 NotesTom Petty_header_cell_1_1_3
1978Tom Petty_cell_1_2_0 FMTom Petty_cell_1_2_1 HimselfTom Petty_cell_1_2_2 Tom Petty_cell_1_2_3
1987Tom Petty_cell_1_3_0 Made in HeavenTom Petty_cell_1_3_1 StankyTom Petty_cell_1_3_2 Tom Petty_cell_1_3_3
1996Tom Petty_cell_1_4_0 She's the OneTom Petty_cell_1_4_1 N/ATom Petty_cell_1_4_2 SoundtrackTom Petty_cell_1_4_3
1997Tom Petty_cell_1_5_0 The PostmanTom Petty_cell_1_5_1 Bridge City MayorTom Petty_cell_1_5_2 Tom Petty_cell_1_5_3
2013Tom Petty_cell_1_6_0 Sound CityTom Petty_cell_1_6_1 HimselfTom Petty_cell_1_6_2 Music DocumentaryTom Petty_cell_1_6_3
2019Tom Petty_cell_1_7_0 Echo in the CanyonTom Petty_cell_1_7_1 HimselfTom Petty_cell_1_7_2 Music DocumentaryTom Petty_cell_1_7_3
TelevisionTom Petty_header_cell_1_8_0
YearTom Petty_header_cell_1_9_0 TitleTom Petty_header_cell_1_9_1 RoleTom Petty_header_cell_1_9_2 NotesTom Petty_header_cell_1_9_3
1979–2010Tom Petty_cell_1_10_0 Saturday Night Live!Tom Petty_cell_1_10_1 Himself (musical guest)Tom Petty_cell_1_10_2 8 episodes

— "Buck Henry/Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers" (1979) — "Howard Hesseman/Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers" (1983) — "Steve Martin/Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers" (1989) — "Kirstie Alley/Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers" (1992) — "John Turturro/Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers" (1994) — "Tom Hanks/Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers" (1996) — "John Goodman/Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers" (1999) — "Alec Baldwin/Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers" (2010)Tom Petty_cell_1_10_3

1987–89Tom Petty_cell_1_11_0 It's Garry Shandling's Show.Tom Petty_cell_1_11_1 HimselfTom Petty_cell_1_11_2 4 episodes

— "It's Gary Shandling's Christmas Show" (1987) — "No Baby, No Show" (1987) — "Vegas: Part 1" (1989) — "Vegas: Part 2" (1989)Tom Petty_cell_1_11_3

1989Tom Petty_cell_1_12_0 BiographyTom Petty_cell_1_12_1 Himself (interviewee)Tom Petty_cell_1_12_2 Episode: "Johnny Cash: The Man in Black"Tom Petty_cell_1_12_3
1998Tom Petty_cell_1_13_0 The Larry Sanders ShowTom Petty_cell_1_13_1 HimselfTom Petty_cell_1_13_2 Episode: "Flip"Tom Petty_cell_1_13_3
1999Tom Petty_cell_1_14_0 Behind the MusicTom Petty_cell_1_14_1 HimselfTom Petty_cell_1_14_2 Episode: "Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers"Tom Petty_cell_1_14_3
2002Tom Petty_cell_1_15_0 The SimpsonsTom Petty_cell_1_15_1 Himself (voice role)Tom Petty_cell_1_15_2 Episode: "How I Spent My Strummer Vacation"Tom Petty_cell_1_15_3
2004–09Tom Petty_cell_1_16_0 King of the HillTom Petty_cell_1_16_1 Lucky / Mud Dobber (voice role)Tom Petty_cell_1_16_2 recurring role (28 episodes)Tom Petty_cell_1_16_3
2008Tom Petty_cell_1_17_0 Super Bowl XLIITom Petty_cell_1_17_1 HimselfTom Petty_cell_1_17_2 Halftime show

Credited as Tom Petty and the HeartbreakersTom Petty_cell_1_17_3

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Credits to the contents of this page go to the authors of the corresponding Wikipedia page: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tom Petty.