Tom Petty was born 20th October 1950 in Gainesville, Florida, U.S. He is most famous for performing with his band, the Heartbreakers.
The Heartbreakers have had several band members over the 30 years. The current band consists of: Tom Petty (lead vocals, rhythm guitar, lead guitar, percussion, backing vocals), Mike Campbell (lead guitar, mandolin, Marxophone), Scott Thurston (rhythm guitar, harmonica, lap steel guitar, ukelele, backing vocals, lead vocals), Ron Blair (bass guitar, backing vocals) and Steve Ferrone (drums, percussion).
Tom Petty’s soft country rock sound has brought him success over the years; with the band and also as a solo artist in his own right. Solo efforts include: Full Moon Fever (1989), Wildflowers (1994) and Highway Companion (2006) which all reached the Top 10 in the US Album Chart. Full Moon Fever reached number 8 in the UK Album Chart and certified Gold. It went five times Platinum in the U.S. In his earlier career,
Tom Petty had been in another band - Mudcratch, which, although did not amount to anything; formed the basis for his future band - the Heartbreakers. With the band, they produced You're Gonna Get It! (1978), which was a Top 40 hit and then Hard Promises (1981) reaching number 5 in the US Album Charts and going Platinum.
In 1988, Tom Petty co-founded another band, the Traveling Wilburys. The band was formed of: Bob Dylan, George Harrison, Roy Orbison, and Jeff Lynne. He brought out tunes with the band but went back to re-form with the Heartbreakers in 1991.
Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers finally achieved recognition in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2002 and in 2010 released the album Mojo which reached number 2 in the US Album Chart.