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Tom Petty

Tom Petty, along with his band the Heartbreakers, played heartland rock like few others during an era when guys like Bob Seger and Bruce Springsteen made busted cars, crunchy guitars and lost dreams cool. Inspired as much by the Byrds’ jingle jangle as he was three-chord, garage-rock stomp, Petty wrote music that was more jagged than most of his heartland-rock peers’. He finally found some footing on his classic third album, 1979’s ‘Damn the Torpedoes,’ a masterwork of pop songcraft and sneering rock. With longtime guitarist and collaborator Mike Campbell, Petty has made a series of albums since then that explore everything from psychedelia and hippie idealism to crumbling relationships and late-period priorities. He even formed the Traveling Wilburys supergroup with Bob Dylan, George Harrison, Jeff Lynne and Roy Orbison to pay tribute to rock’s past. His best records are that timeless.

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Warner Bros.

10 Years Ago: Tom Petty Releases ‘Highway Companion’

Tom Petty teamed up with Jeff Lynne for some of the most irresistibly anthemic music of his career in the late '80s and early '90s.

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MCA

25 Years Ago: Tom Petty Attempts to Stay on a Roll With ‘Into the Great Wide Open’

The stirring success of Tom Petty's 'Full Moon Fever' was notable for what it didn't include. 'Into the Great Wide Open' meant to address that.

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Karl Walter, Getty Images

Tom Petty Updates Bob Dylan’s ‘Knockin’ on Heaven’s Door’ After Orlando Tragedy

Listen as Tom Petty changes the lyric to a Bob Dylan classic in the wake of the mass shooting at Orlando.

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Jerod Harris, Getty Images

Tom Petty Hopes to Present Expanded ‘Wildflowers’ on Future Tour

If Tom Petty can finally nail down a long-planned reissue of 'Wildflowers,' he wants to play an expanded version of the 1995 solo project in concert in 2017.

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Frank Micelotta, Getty Images

Tom Petty Wrote ‘Free Fallin” to ‘Amuse’ Jeff Lynne

The chord progression Tom Petty came up with for "Free Fallin'" is simple enough that pretty much anyone can play it.

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MCA

35 Years Ago: Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers Face Another Battle on ‘Hard Promises’

Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers went through a grueling battle recording their third album, Damn the Torpedoes — and they faced yet another fight while working on the follow-up, 1981's Hard Promises.

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Alberto E. Rodriguez / Frank Micelotta, Getty Images

Tom Petty Recalls Prince’s Hall of Fame Guitar Solo: ‘You Could Feel the Electricity’

Tom Petty and others recalled the night Prince torched the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremony.

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The Time Prince Blew Tom Petty, Jeff Lynne and Steve Winwood Off the Stage

George Harrison's posthumous 2004 induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame brought out some expected friends and collaborators – but it was fellow inductee Prince who stole the show.

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Reprise

Listen to a New Mudcrutch Song, ‘Beautiful World’

Tom Petty has released another new song from Mudcrutch, his revived pre-Heartbreakers band.

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Reprise

Mudcrutch Set Release Date for New Album, Drop ‘Trailer’ Single, Announce Tour Dates

Mudcrutch, Tom Petty's pre-Heartbreakers band and current side project, will return with a new album and tour this spring.

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