Tom Petty Biography (1950-)

Born October 20, 1950 (one source says 1953), in Gainesville, FL; son of EarlPetty (an insurance salesman); married Jane, c. 1973 (separated, September 9, 1996); children: Adria, Anna Kim. Career: Guitarist, singer, composer, song producer, band leader, and actor. Rock guitarist, 1969--; songwriterand musician for Leon Russell, 1974; played in various Gainsville, FL, bands,including The Epics and Mudcrutch; guitarist and vocalist with the Heartbreakers, 1975--; performed at Live-Aid concert, 1985; toured the world with BobDylan, 1986; recorded and performed with The Traveling Wilburys, 1986-90; toured America with the Rock 'n' Roll Caravan Tour (with The Georgia Satellitesand Del Fuegos), 1987; solo recording artist, 1989--. Awards, Honors:Grammy Award nomination, best rock performance--duo or group with vocal, 1981, for "Stop Dragging My Heart Around" (with Stevie Nicks and The Heartbreakers); Grammy Award, 1989, for Traveling Wilburys, Vol. One; Grammy Award nomination, best rock duo or group performance, 1994, for "My Back Pages" (with Bob Dylan, Roger McGuinn, Neil Young, Eric Clapton, and George Harrison); MTV Award, best male video, for "Mary Jane's Last Dance" (with The Heartbreakers); MTV Video Vanguard Award. Addresses: Contact: Warner Bros. Records, 3300 Warner Blvd., Burbank, CA 91505.

Guitarist, singer, composer, actor
Birth Details
October 20, 1950
Gainesville, Florida, United States

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