Tom Petty was one of the “not making too much of a fuss” high quality cool dudes of my teenage years. Everything about him was right, from his style and looks, to his music and the videos to accompany it. If I would compare him with a director, it would be Tim Burton. Amazing story teller, fantasy infused and a little dark and spooky.
Tom Petty was born October 20, 1950 in Florida and had a tough childhood with an alcoholic father who didn’t get his son’s mild artistic way and abused him. At the age of 10 his uncle was working at the set of Follow That Dream and took him to meet Elvis. That encounter had a big impact on little Tom, although what he cites to have been a turning point in his life was the he saw the Beatles on The Ed Sullivan Show.
It was not long after that Tom Petty formed his first band the Epics that later turned into Mudcrutch. After Mudcrutch split up, Tom followed a solo career to eventually join again forces with Mike Campbell and Benmont Tench (both of who were members of Mudcrutch) and Blair and Stan Lynch and form the Heartbreakers.
In 1988 Tom Petty became a part of the Traveling Wilburys, George Harrison’s mega band, which also included Roy Orbison, Bob Dylan and Jeff Lynne.
Tom Petty released 20 studio albums in one of the above formations, contributed a great deal to what rock music is today and influenced many artists from the Foo Fighters, to The Strokes, Kings of Leon and even the cult film Spinal Tap.
I have been a huge fan of this man since I remember myself, but I tried my best to pick some of my favorite videos. Rest in Peace Tom Petty.
Into The Great Wide Open with Johnny Depp & Faye Dunaway starring in the video
You Don’t Know How It Feels
Mary Jane’s Last Dance with Kim Basigner playing the corpse
Learning to Fly
Running Down a Dream
Yer So Bad
Don’t Come Around Here No More
And Handle With Care from the superband Traveling Wilburys