Tom Petty

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Tom Petty
Background information
Birth nameThomas Earl Petty
Also known asCharlie T. Wilbury Jr., Muddy Wilbury
Born(1950-10-20)October 20, 1950
Gainesville, Florida, U.S.
DiedOctober 2, 2017(2017-10-02) (aged 66)
Santa Monica, California, U.S.
GenresRock, rock and roll, roots rock, heartland rock, blues rock, southern rock, country rock
Occupation(s)Musician, singer, songwriter, record producer, actor
Years active1970–2017
LabelsShelter, Backstreet, MCA, Warner Bros., American, Reprise

Thomas Earl Petty (October 20, 1950 – October 2, 2017) was an American musician, singer-songwriter, voice actor and record producer. He is best known as the lead singer of Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers, but is also known as a member and co-founder of the late 1980s supergroup the Traveling Wilburys (under the pseudonyms of Charlie T. Wilbury, Jr. and Muddy Wilbury), and his early band Mudcrutch.

Some of his popular songs include: "Wildflowers", "Running Kind", "Stop Draggin' My Heart Around", "You Don't Know How It Feels" and "You Wreck Me".

Petty was also known for his voice role as Lucky in the television series King of the Hill.[1]

In his career, Petty sold more than 80 million records worldwide, making him one of the best-selling music artists of all time.[2] In 2002, Petty was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

Petty died on October 2, 2017 after he was found in his home in Santa Monica, California suffering from cardiac arrest after accidentally overdosing on prescription pain medication and fentanyl patches at the age of 66.[3]

References[change | change source]

  1. "Tom Petty". Retrieved 2010-01-27.
  2. Reporter, Belper News (2013-01-30). "Top talent at The Flowerpot". Belper News. Archived from the original on 2013-05-04. Retrieved 2013-04-05.
  3. "Tom Petty, legendary rocker, is dead at 66". CBS News. Retrieved 2017-10-02.