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Wednesday, October 4, 2017

Remembering Tom Petty 1950 - 2017



Singer Tom Petty, who died Monday at age 66, was best known as the lead singer of Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers, but he was also a member and co-founder of the 1988-90 supergroup, the Traveling Wilburys (with Bob Dylan, George Harrison, ELO's Jeff Lynne and Roy Orbison), and his early band Mudcrutch (1970-75). He won three Grammy Awards for Best Rock Vocal Performance by a Duo or Group (for the The Traveling Wilburys Vol. 1, their 1988 debut album), Best Male Rock Vocal Performance (for his 1994 single, "You Don't Know How It Feels") and Best Long Form Music Video (for Peter Bogdanovich's 2007 documentary film about Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers, Runnin' Down a Dream). In 1999, Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame for their contribution to the recording industry, and they were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2002.

Petty made cameo appearances in two films - FM (1978) and Made in Heaven (1987) - and he played the Bridge City Mayor in Kevin Costner's 1997 film, The Postman. He also played himself as one of Garry Shandling's neighbors in several episodes of the Showtime sitcom, It's Garry Shandling's Show (1987-90), and he had a recurring role as the voice of Elroy "Lucky" Kleinschmidt in the Fox animated sitcom, King of the Hill (2004-09).

Below I've selected some videos to celebrate Tom Petty's life and career.

On June 16, 1977, Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers performed "Anything That's Rock 'n' Roll" (from their self-titled debut album) on Top of the Pops. It was their first UK hit, but it was not released as a single in the United States.



FM (1978) with Michael Brandon and Cassie Yates



"Don't Do Me Like That" was released in November 1979 as the first single from the band's third album, Damn the Torpedoes. It reached #10 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart, becoming the band's first Top 10 hit.



"Refugee" was released in January 1980 as the second single from Damn the Torpedoes. It reached #15 on the Billboard Hot 100.



"Here Comes My Girl" was released in April 1980 as the third single from Damn the Torpedoes. It reached #59 on the Billboard Hot 100.



On June 6, 1980, Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers performed "American Girl" (from their first album) and "Shadow of a Doubt" (from Damn the Torpedoes) on ABC's Fridays.




"The Waiting" was released in April 1981 as the lead single from the band's fourth album, Hard Promises. It reached #19 on the Billboard Hot 100.



In 1981, Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers performed "Kings Road" and "A Woman in Love (It's Not Me)" (from Hard Promises) on NBC's Tomorrow Coast to Coast (with host Tom Snyder).





Co-written by Petty, "Stop Draggin' My Heart Around" was released in July 1981 as the first single from Stevie Nicks' debut solo album, Bella Donna. It reached #3 on the Billboard Hot 100.



"You Got Lucky" was released in October 1982 as the first single from the band's fifth album, Long After Dark. It reached #20 on the Billboard Hot 100.



"Don't Come Around Here No More" was released in February 1985 as the lead single from the band's sixth album, Southern Accents. It reached #13 on the Billboard Hot 100.



Made in Heaven (1987) with Timothy Hutton and Ellen Barkin



"End Of The Line" was released in January 1989 as the second single from The Traveling Wilburys Vol. 1. It reached #63 on the Billboard Hot 100.



"I Won't Back Down" was released in April 1989 as the first single from Petty's debut solo album, Full Moon Fever. It reached #12 on the Billboard Hot 100.



"Runnin' Down a Dream" was released in July 1989 as the second single from Full Moon Fever. It reached #23 on the Billboard Hot 100.



"Free Fallin'" was released in October 1989 as the third single from Full Moon Fever. It reached #7 on the Billboard Hot 100.



"Mary Jane's Last Dance" was released in December 1993 as part of Petty's Greatest Hits album. It reached #14 on the Billboard Hot 100. Actress Kim Basinger appears in the music video, which won the MTV Video Music Award for Best Male Video in 1994.



On September 9, 1994, he performed "You Don't Know How It Feels" (the lead single from his second solo album, Wildflowers) on Late Show with David Letterman. It reached #13 on the Billboard Hot 100, becoming his last Top 40 hit.




On November 21, 1994, he performed "You Wreck Me" (from Wildflowers) on Late Show with David Letterman.




On September 30, 1996, Tom Petty and Heartbreakers performed "Walls (Circus)" on Late Show with David Letterman (begins at 36:51). The song was released in July 1996 as the first single from their ninth studio album, Songs and Music From the Motion Picture "She's the One" (starring Edward Burns, Jennifer Aniston and Cameron Diaz).



The Postman (1997) with Kevin Costner



On April 19, 1999, he promoted the band's 10th studio album, Echo, on Charlie Rose.

2 comments:

dmappin said...

Tom's untimely death has hit me harder than just about any entertainer of late. He has been on the music scene my entire adult life. I cannot think of a bad album or a bad song.

His video "Don't Come Around Here No More" is in my top five favorite music videos harkening back to the "I want my MTV" days. His albums are a tribute to "doing things my way." So many artists sell out as they become more popular. I never once felt Petty had succumbed to fame and his artistry remained intact throughout his 40 year career.

I am still, after two weeks after his passing, having difficulty processing this staggering loss. RiP, Mr. Petty.

Deep Dish said...

It's difficult to accept when a beloved entertainer suddenly leaves us - and Mr. Petty was only 66. He will be missed. And I appreciate you sharing your feelings, Doug.