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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.

Tom Petty, U2, Pink Floyd, Metallica, Neil Young Fall on Grammy Night

Jerod Harris / Matthias Nareyek / MJ Kim / Ian Gavan, Getty Images
Jerod Harris / Matthias Nareyek / MJ Kim / Ian Gavan, Getty Images

The Grammy Awards are hailed as "music's biggest night," but it proved to be a big disappointment for classic-rock artists, instead.

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‘Tom Petty’ Makes Startling Plagiarism Discovery in New Video

Funny or Die
Funny or Die

In a hilarious new video, Funny or Die imagines an entirely different response from Tom Petty to the recent plagiarism controversy regarding a hit song by Sam Smith.

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UPDATE – Sam Smith Says Tom Petty Settlement the Result of a ‘Complete Coincidence,’ Petty Agrees

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Jerod Harris, Getty Images

Tom Petty and Sam Smith have reached an amicable settlement regarding the similarities between Smith's 'Stay With Me' and Petty's 'I Won't Back Down.'

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Tom Petty Awarded Cowriting Credit for Sam Smith’s ‘Stay With Me’

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Jerod Harris / Theo Wargo, Getty Images

One of 2014's biggest hit singles just put some extra money in Tom Petty's pocket.

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Kid Rock Name-Checks Tom Petty on New ‘First Kiss’ Single

Warner Bros.
Warner Bros.

Kid Rock says his upcoming album digs deeper into country music.

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Tom Petty Albums, Ranked Worst to First

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Compiling our list of Tom Petty Albums, Ranked Worst to First, wasn't easy.

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5 Years Ago: Tom Petty Goes Deep with the Heartbreakers’ ‘Live Anthology’

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Karl Walter, Getty Images

When Tom Petty decided he wanted to encapsulate what he and the Heartbreakers could do in concert, he went all the way.

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20 Years Ago: Tom Petty Practices Addition by Subtraction With ‘Wildflowers’

Wildflowers
Warner Bros.

Petty's second solo album was released on Nov. 1, 1994.

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35 Years Ago: Tom Petty Finally Hits the Big Time With ‘Damn the Torpedoes’

YouTube
YouTube

The signs were there, signaling that Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers' third album, 'Damn the Torpedoes,' would be their breakthrough.

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Watch Steve Winwood Join Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers Onstage

YouTube
YouTube

Steve Winwood has been opening for Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers on their current tour in support of their new 'Hypnotic Eye' album.

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