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Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers

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Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers were an American rock band from Gainesville, Florida. Formed in 1976, the band originally comprised lead singer and rhythm guitarist Tom Petty, lead guitarist Mike Campbell, keyboardist Benmont Tench, drummer Stan Lynch and bassist Ron Blair. In 1982, Blair, weary of the touring lifestyle, departed the band. His replacement, Howie Epstein, stayed with the band for the next two decades. In 1991, Scott Thurston joined the band as a multi-instrumentalist—mostly on rhythm guitar and second keyboard. In 1994, Steve Ferrone replaced Lynch on drums. Blair returned to the Heartbreakers in 2002, the year before Epstein's death. The band had a long string of hit singles including "Breakdown", "American Girl", "Refugee", "The Waiting", "Learning to Fly", and "Mary Jane's Last Dance", among many others, that stretched over several decades of work.

The band's music was characterized as both Southern rock and heartland rock, cited alongside artists such as Bruce Springsteen, Bob Seger, and John Mellencamp as progenitors of that genre that arose in the late 1970s and 1980s. While the heartland rock movement waned in the 1990s, the band remained active and popular, touring regularly until Petty's death in 2017, after which the Heartbreakers disbanded. Their final studio album, Hypnotic Eye, was released in 2014.

The band was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2002, their first year of eligibility. Although most of their material was produced and performed under the name "Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers", Petty released three solo albums, the most successful of which was Full Moon Fever (1989). In these releases, some members of the band contributed as collaborators, producing and performing as studio musicians.

Articles

March 21, 2022

Brandi Carlile, Jason Isbell & More to Participate in ‘MusiCares: Music on a Mission’ Virtual Event

The event will also feature a performance clip by Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers, taken from the MusiCares Person of the Year gala in 2017.

www.billboard.com

March 21, 2022

Brandi Carlile, Jason Isbell Tapped for MusiCares Virtual Fundraiser

Pre-Grammys event will also feature Shawn Colvin and the premiere of a previously unreleased Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers performance

www.rollingstone.com

Discs

Angel Dream (Songs and Music From The Motion Picture "She’s The One")

June 12, 2021

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Angel Dream (No. 2)

June 10, 2021

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Keep a Little Soul (Outtake, 1982)

July 11, 2018

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I Need You (Live)

February 9, 2018

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Nobody's Children

December 18, 2015

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Hypnotic Eye

July 29, 2014

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Live 2013

July 22, 2014

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Fault Lines

July 15, 2014

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Forgotten Man

June 24, 2014

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U Get Me High

June 10, 2014

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Red River

June 10, 2014

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American Dream Plan B

June 10, 2014

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Damn The Torpedoes (Deluxe Edition)

November 9, 2010

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Mojo

June 15, 2010

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I Should Have Known It

May 24, 2010

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Bad Girl Boogie

January 1, 2003

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The Last DJ

October 8, 2002

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Echo

April 13, 1999

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She's the One (Songs and Music from the Motion Picture)

August 6, 1996

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Into The Great Wide Open

January 1, 1991

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Let Me Up (I've Had Enough)

April 21, 1987

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Pack Up The Plantation: Live!

November 26, 1985

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Southern Accents

March 26, 1985

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Long After Dark

November 2, 1982

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Hard Promises

May 5, 1981

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Damn The Torpedoes (Remastered)

October 19, 1979

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Damn The Torpedoes

October 19, 1979

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You're Gonna Get It!

May 2, 1978

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Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers

November 9, 1976

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