This Day In Rock. Tom Petty TOP 5 Songs
Born and raised in Gainsville, northern Florida, US on Oct. 20 1950, Tom Petty began playing music while he was still in high school. At the age of 17, he dropped out of school to join Mudcrutch, which also featured guitarist Mike Campbell and keyboardist Benmont Tench. By 1970, Mudcrutch had moved to Los Angeles with hopes of finding a record contract. The fledgling Shelter Records, founded by Leon Russell and Denny Cordell, offered the group a contract. However, Mudcrutch splintered apart shortly after relocating to L.A. Cordell was willing to record Petty as a solo act, but the singer's reception to the idea was tentative. Over the next few years, Petty drifted through bands, eventually hooking back up with Campbell and Tench in 1975. At the time, the duo were working with bassist Ron Blair and drummer Stan Lynch; soon, Petty became involved with the band, which was then named the Heartbreakers. Petty was still under contract to Shelter, and the group assumed his deal, releasing Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers in 1976.
Throughout his career, Petty has sold more than 80 million records worldwide, making him one of the best-selling music artists of all time. In 2002, he was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.
With apologies to all of the great tracks we missed, here is our list of the Top 5 Tom Petty Songs.
Don’t Do Me Like That (from ‘Damn the Torpedoes’ 1979)
I Wont Back Down (from ‘Full Moon Fever’ 1989)
The Waiting (from ‘Hard Promises’ 1981)
Refugee (from ‘Damn the Torpedoes’ 1979)
You Got Lucky (from ‘Long After Dark’ 1982)