(born October 20, 1950 in Gainesville, died October 2, 2017 in Santa Monica) – American southern rock musician, guitarist, singer, composer and songwriter. One of the most popular rock musicians of the 1980s. In his work, he bridges the gap between Native American folk rock (especially Grateful Dead, Bob Dylan and The Byrds) and the new wave style entering the stage.
Petty has performed with Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers, Traveling Wilburys supergroup and solo.
In the years 1969–1975 and 2008–2017 he joined the Mudcrutch formation. With time, the artist made a name for himself, signed a record contract with a record company and became involved with the musicians making up the group The Heartbreakers . The group called Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers took over the soloist contract and released their first album in 1976. Although the music she played was created through a team effort, many consider it almost a solo endeavor of its leader, and Tom Petty himself, despite having only released two of his own albums, as a solo artist.
In 1986 and 1987, Tom Petty’s group toured with Bob Dylan. Both artists established a friendship which resulted in a musical venture, which was the Traveling Wilburys folk rock supergroup . Tom Petty’s music lost popularity in the 1990s, and the artist himself remained inactive. The album The Last DJ, recorded with The Heartbreakers, was interesting for its message and was met with mixed reception. In 2002, Tom Petty was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame with his group the Hearthbreakers.
In 2006, Petty’s third solo album, Highway Companion, was released. The album was recorded in collaboration with Heartbreakers guitarist Mike Campbell and Jeff Lynne of the Electric Light Orchestra. Petty has collaborated with him on Traveling Wilburys as well as on the albums Full Moon Fever and Into the Great Wide Open. One of the tracks from the Highway Companion entitled “Square One” was previously featured on the soundtrack to the movie “Elisabethtown”.