Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers are an American rock band from Gainesville, Florida. They were formed in
1976 by Tom Petty, the band's primary vocalist and guitar player.
Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers have sold more than 80 million records worldwide,
making them one of the worlds best-selling bands of all time.
Gainesville, Florida, United States
Rock, heartland rock, blues rock
Shelter, Backstreet, MCA, Warner Bros.
Mudcrutch, Traveling Wilburys, Jeff Lynne, Stevie Nicks
Tom Petty -
lead vocals, rhythm guitar, harmonica
Mike Campbell -
lead guitar, bass, keyboards, mandolin
Benmont Tench -
piano, organ, synthesizers, backing vocals
Ron Blair -
bass, backing vocals
Scott Thurston -
rhythm guitar, harmonica, synthesizer, backing vocals
Steve Ferrone -
Stan Lynch -
drums, backing vocals (1976-1994)
Howie Epstein -
bass, backing vocals, mandolin (1982-2002; died 2003)
Tom Petty Quotes
It's very easy to be cynical about the hall of fame. But on the other hand, it's really a beautiful thing for someone like me. I dedicated my entire life to this music.
You and I will meet again, When we're least expecting it, One day in some far off place, I will recognize your face, I won't say goodbye my friend, For you and I will meet again
You have four years to be irresponsible here. Relax. Work is for people with jobs. You'll never remember class time, but you'll remember time you wasted hanging out with your friends. So, stay out late. Go out on a Tuesday with your friends when you have a paper due Wednesday. Spend money you don't have. Drink 'til sunrise. The work never ends, but college does..."
I'm frustrated by what I hear. Maybe it's not meant for me. Personally, I'm way too bright for a lot of the hip-hop lyrics to affect. I'm much too smart to think that jewelry or how cool I am is really going to change much about my personality. If you're dumb enough that it entertains you, have a great time. But I am seeking more than that.
Most things I worry about never happen anyway.
Even the losers get lucky sometimes. Even the losers keep a little bit of pride. They get lucky sometimes.
We said 'You're going to have to quit this. It's gonna get you. You just don't win with heroin. You die or you go to jail. There's no middle ground. There's no other options,'
We enjoy playing with each other, which I think is a pretty important part of this. If we didn't, we'd have given it up a long time ago. The idea when we started was to take five people and keep 'em together no matter what and see what we could get out of it, and we've pretty much stuck to that plan.
Tom Petty Awards
MTV Video Music Award for Best Special Effects (Tony Mitchell, Kathy Dougherty & Peter Cohen)
MTV Video Music Award for Best Male Video ("Mary Jane's Last Dance").
MTV Video Music Award for Best Male Video ("You Don't Know How It Feels").
Grammy Award for Best Rock Vocal Performance - Male ("You Don't Know How It Feels")
Inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.
Grammy Award for Long Form Music Video: Runnin' Down a Dream - Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers