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Thomas Earl "Tom" Petty (October 20, 1950 – October 2, 2017) was an American musician, singer, songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, and record producer. He was best known as the lead vocalist of Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers, but was also known as a member and co-founder of the late 1980s supergroup the Traveling Wilburys (under the pseudonyms of Charlie T. Wilbury, Jr. and Muddy Wilbury) and Mudcrutch.

He has recorded a number of hit singles with the Heartbreakers and as a solo artist, many of which remain heavily played on adult contemporary and classic rock radio. His music has been classified as rock and roll, heartland rock and even stoner rock. His music, and notably his hits, have become popular among younger generations as he continues to host sold-out shows. Throughout his career, Petty has sold more than 80 million records worldwide, making him one of the best-selling artists of all time. In 2002, he was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

Petty suffered cardiac arrest early in the morning of October 2, 2017, and died later that night at a hospital in Santa Monica, California.


Music Videos & Live Performance Videos

Top Rated Albums

Pack up the Plantation: Live!
Live Album - 1985


Studio Album - 1994


The Complete Works 1976-1991
Other (Import) - 1991


Live 2013
Live Album - 2014


Damn the Torpedoes
Studio Album - 1979


Into the Great Wide Open
Studio Album - 1991


In The Coliseum
Live Album (Import) - 2014


Hard Promises
Studio Album - 1981


Anthology: Through the Years
Compilation - 2000


The Broadcast Rarities
Live Album (Import) - 2005


Greatest Hits
Compilation - 1993


Live in Chicago
Video / Film (Import) - 2009




Birth Name

Thomas Earl Petty


Vocals, guitar, bass, keyboards, harmonica, drums


United States

Years active



Date Born

Friday, October 20, 1950

City Born

Gainesville, Florida, US

Date Died

Monday, October 2, 2017

City Died

Santa Monica, California, US


66 (at time of death)

Born 70 years ago.

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