Tom Petty

Born Oct 20, 1950

Tomos Earl "Tom" Petty is an American singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist. He is the frontman of Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers and was a founding member of the late 1980s supergroup Traveling Wilburys and Mudcrutch. He has also performed under the pseudonyms of Charlie T. Wilbury, Jr. and Muddy Wilbury.… Read More

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1950 Birth Born on October 20, 1950.
1961 10 Years Old Thomas Earl Petty was born and raised in Gainesville, Florida, and attended Gainesville High School. His interest in rock and roll music began at age ten when he met Elvis Presley. In the summer of 1961, his uncle was working on the set of Presley's film Follow That Dream in nearby Ocala, Florida, and invited Petty to come down and watch the shoot. … Read More


1974 23 Years Old His first marriage, to Jane Benyo, lasted 22 years from March 31, 1974 to September 9, 1996. … Read More
1979 28 Years Old In September 1979, Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers performed at a Musicians United for Safe Energy concert at Madison Square Garden in New York. … Read More


1987 36 Years Old Also in 1987, the group released Let Me Up (I've Had Enough) which includes "Jammin' Me" which Petty wrote with Dylan.
1988 37 Years Old In 1988, Petty joined George Harrison's group, the Traveling Wilburys, which also included Bob Dylan, Roy Orbison, and Jeff Lynne. … Read More
1989 38 Years Old 1 More Event
In 1989, Petty released Full Moon Fever, which featured hits "I Won't Back Down", "Free Fallin'" and "Runnin' Down a Dream". … Read More


1991 - 1994 2 More Events
1996 45 Years Old In 1996, Petty, with the Heartbreakers, released a soundtrack to the movie She's the One, starring Cameron Diaz and Jennifer Aniston (see Songs and Music from "She's the One"). … Read More
1997 46 Years Old Petty appeared in the 1997 movie The Postman, directed by and starring Kevin Costner, as The Bridge City Mayor (from the dialogue it is implied that he is playing a future version of himself). … Read More
1999 48 Years Old In 1999, Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers released their last album with Rubin at the helm, Echo. … Read More


2001 50 Years Old 1 More Event
He married Dana York Epperson on June 3, 2001. … Read More
2002 - 2005 2 More Events
In February 2006, Tom Petty and The Heartbreakers agreed to be the headline act at the fifth annual Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival. … Read More
2007 56 Years Old During the summer of 2007, Petty reunited with his old bandmates Tom Leadon and Randall Marsh along with Heartbreakers Benmont Tench and Mike Campbell to reform his pre-Heartbreakers band Mudcrutch. … Read More
2008 57 Years Old 1 More Event
On February 3, 2008, Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers performed during the halftime-show of Super Bowl XLII at the University of Phoenix Stadium. … Read More
2009 58 Years Old In November 2009, Petty told Rolling Stone that he is working on a new album with the Heartbreakers, saying, "It's blues-based. … Read More
2010 59 Years Old In February 2010, Petty announced a new Heartbreakers album, Mojo released on June 15, 2010. … Read More


2013 62 Years Old In early 2013, Petty and the Heartbreakers announced that they would be playing at several North American festivals in the late spring and summer, and in February, the band announced a North American tour and an upcoming album to be released in 2014.
2014 63 Years Old On July 29, 2014, Reprise Records released Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers' thirteenth studio album, Hypnotic Eye. … Read More
2015 64 Years Old 1 More Event
In January 2015, it was revealed that Petty and Jeff Lynne would receive royalties from Sam Smith's song "Stay with Me" after its writers acknowledged similarities between it and "I Won't Back Down". … Read More
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