You can stand me up at the gates of hell but I won't back down.
Thomas Earl "Tom" Petty (born October 20, 1950 in Gainesville, Florida) is an American singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist. He is the frontman of Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers and a member of Mudcrutch. He was also a member of the supergroup The Traveling Wilburys
under the pseudonym of Charlie T. Wilbury Jr. He has recorded a number of hit singles, many of which remain heavily played on adult contemporary and classic rock radio. Likewise, his music, most notably his hits, have become increasingly popular among younger fans as he continues to host sold-out shows in his recent tour dates.
Petty is also a vocal critic of the modern recording industry and the disappearance of independent radio stations.
Petty has been supported by his band, The Heartbreakers, for the majority of his career. He has occasionally released solo work, as is the case with 2006's Highway Companion
, on which he performed most of the backing instrumentation himself. However, members of The Heartbreakers have played on each of his solo albums and the band has always backed him when touring in support of those albums. He has also toured with Mudcrutch in order to promote their debut album. Petty has been managed by Tony Dimitriades since 1976. On February 3, 2008, Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers performed at the Super Bowl XLII Halftime show.
He had a minor but credited acting role as a mayor in Kevin Costner's post-apocalyptic (and box office
) disaster film The Postman
and was the voice of Lucky (Luanne Platter's redneck boyfriend-turned-husband) on the later seasons of the FOX sitcom King of the Hill
(though the first time Lucky appeared on a King of the Hill
episode was "The Redneck of Rainey Street," which focused on Kahn and Minh becoming trailer trash after Kahn, Jr. gets rejected from a college-prep summer school program).
Notable Tom Petty songs:
"I'm runnin' down the tropes":