There's a common thread running through Tom Petty 's catalog, and it's the Heartbreakers. Even albums ostensibly released as solo records or side projects like Mudcrutch inevitably included members of his core band. The lineup of the group remained remarkably stable over the years too. They only lost two members, co-founding drummer Stan Lynch who left in and the late bassist Howie Epstein, a member from Original Heartbreakers guitarist Mike Campbell played a key role in all three albums. Petty was similarly loyal with outside collaborators. Ryan Ulyate co-produced the final two Heartbreakers albums and both studio projects from Mudcrutch, a pre-Heartbreakers group featuring Campbell and Tench that regrouped in the '00s.
‘Don’t Do Me Like That’ (1979)
It covers his year span of studio albums with his beloved Heartbreakers, the best of his solo work and of course his time as a member of perhaps the most impromptu supergroup of them all, the Traveling Wilburys. With the group on hiatus, Petty assumed the guise of Charlie T. In , the Wilburys returned with the playfully-titled second album Vol. His voice may have been stilled, but his musical legacy will live long.
Tom Petty , who died on Monday, was one of the quintessential American rock stars of the late 20th century. The remarkable streak of hit singles he wrote and recorded between and — mostly with his band, the Heartbreakers, but at times on his own or in collaboration with other artists — guaranteed that anyone who listened to the radio or turned on a television in those years knows at least a few of his songs by heart. But the accessibility of Mr. Here are 14 tracks that give a sense of the breadth of his catalog. The music is pure bar-band boogie, reflecting his journeyman years in Gainesville, Fla. Petty was doing much the same thing from well within the mainstream. In one of his most devilishly effective lead vocal performances, he made a needling sense of resentment sound like the most liberating thing in the world. The betrayal in Mr.
Ask your average wannabe rock star whose career they'd most want to trade with, and they'll say Tom Petty. If they're smart, anyway. Rather, his was a career you could take home to Mom: Relatively void of dizzying highs or petrifying lows, but dependable and rock-solid, liked and respected by nearly all and vilified by precious few. Petty died on Monday Oct. Petty released 10 albums between and and all of them were at least certified gold; his most recent, 's Hypnotic Eye , was the first Billboard topper of his career. He came up on '70s FM but still thrived in the '80s and '90s on MTV; he sold out arena shows until the day he died. OK, until 11 days before the day he died.