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Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers (alternately Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers) were an American rock band from Gainesville, Florida. Formed in 1976, the band originally comprised Tom Petty (lead singer, guitar), Mike Campbell (lead guitarist), Ron Blair (bass guitar), Stan Lynch (drums), and Benmont Tench (keyboards). The band largely maintained this lineup, with a few exceptions. In 1981, Blair, weary of the touring lifestyle, departed the band. His replacement, Howie Epstein, stayed with the band for the next two decades. In 1991, Scott Thurston joined the band as a multi-instrumentalist—mostly on rhythm guitar and second keyboards. Blair returned to the Heartbreakers in 2002, the year before Epstein's death. In 1994, Steve Ferrone replaced Lynch on drums. The band is best known for the hit singles "American Girl", "Breakdown", "The Waiting", "Learning to Fly", "Refugee" and "Mary Jane's Last Dance".

The band was part of Southern rock, but also at the forefront of the heartland rock movement, alongside artists such as Bruce Springsteen, Bob Seger, and John Mellencamp who arose in the late 1970s and 1980s. The genre eschews the synthesizer-based music and fashion elements popular in synthpop and New Romanticism in favor of a straightforward classic rock sound, and lyrics based on relatable, blue collar issues. While the heartland rock movement waned in the 1990s, the band remained active and popular, touring regularly until Petty's death in 2017, after which the Heartbreakers disbanded. Their final studio album, Hypnotic Eye, was released in 2014.

Although most of their material was produced and performed under the name "The Heartbreakers", Petty released three solo albums, the most successful of which was Full Moon Fever (1989). In these releases, members of the band contributed as collaborators, producing and performing as studio musicians.

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Discography

Album

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1981 Bella Donna Stevie Nicks 5 9
1983 The Wild Heart Stevie Nicks 11
1996 Go Cat Go! Carl Perkins 3 2
2007 Goin’ Home: A Tribute to Fats Domino Various Artists 2

Album + Compilation

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1985 Out Now! Various Artists 1
1989 Rock of America Various Artists 2
1991 Absolute Music 12 Various Artists 2 1
1991 Formel Eins: Direct Hits! Various Artists 2
1991 Internationale Hits 91 Various Artists 1
1991 LA Freeway Various Artists 1
1991 Legends of Guitar: Rock: The '70s, Volume One Various Artists 1
1991 Rock Guitar Legends Vol2 Various Artists 1
1991 The Best of the Old Grey Whistle Test Various Artists 1
1992 Play MCA (1992-03) Various Artists 1
1992 Pop Giganten: Hits der 70er, Vol. 2 Various Artists 2
1992 A Very Special Christmas 2 Various Artists 3
1992 1992‐10‐16: The Bob Dylan Tribute 1962–1992: Madison Square Gardens, New York City, NY, USA Bob Dylan backed by Booker T. & The MG’s feat. G. E. Smith & Jim Keltner 1
1992 Goldene Europa ’92 Various Artists 1
1992 Midnight Rock Various Artists 2
1992 Neunzehnhundert'92 Various Artists 1
1992 Radio Xanadu Classic Rock Various Artists 1
1992 Rock ’n’ Roll Fantasy: Rock Classics of the ’70s & ’80s Various Artists 3
1992 Rock Affairs Various Artists 1
1992 Rock Busters, Volume 2 Various Artists 1
1993 The Rolling Stone Collection: 25 Years of Essential Rock Various Artists 2
1993 Pop Giganten: Hits der 80er, Volume I Various Artists 5 1
1993 Braun MTV Eurochart: December 1993 Various Artists 1
1993 Celebrate the Seasons Various Artists 1
1993 Show No Mercy Various Artists 1
1994 Play MCA (1994-03) Various Artists 1
1995 The Sound of Fashion, Volume 3 Various Artists 1
1995 Live in America Various Artists 1
1995 Sounds of the Eighties: The Rolling Stone Collection 1980–1981 Various Artists 1
1995 Sounds of the Eighties: The Rolling Stone Collection 1983–1985 Various Artists 1
1995 Wild Rock 2 Various Artists 1
1996 Kuschelrock 10 Various Artists 3
1997 KFOG: Live From The Archives 4 Various Artists 1
1997 Most Wanted Rock 3 Various Artists 1
1997 The Ultimate Rock Collection: Gold and Platinum Various Artists 1
1998 Atlantic Records 50 Years: The Gold Anniversary Collection Various Artists 1
2000 Oxford American: Southern Sampler 2000 Various Artists 1
2001 A Very Special Christmas 5 Various Artists 1
2001 Good Rockin' Tonight: The Legacy of Sun Records Various Artists 1
2004 Legends: Ultimate Rock Collection: We Will Rock You Various Artists 1
2004 Soundtrack for Revolution Various Artists 1
2005 While My Guitar Gently Weeps III Various Artists 1
2007 The Ultimate Love Songs Collection Various Artists 1
2007 The Ultimate Love Songs Collection, Volume 2 Various Artists 1
2008 Four Christmases Various Artists 1
2009 Guitar Hero 5 Various Artists 1
2012 The Old Grey Whistle Test: Live Various Artists 1
2012 A Very Special Christmas: 25 Years Bringing Joy to the World Various Artists 4
2013 40 ans, les nocturnes Georges Lang Various Artists 1
2013 The Old Grey Whistle Test: The Anthems Various Artists 1
2013 ICON Edition: A Very Special Christmas Various Artists 1
2013 ICON: A Very Special Christmas Various Artists 1
2015 Paste Sampler 212 Various Artists 1
A List Various Artists 1
Rock ’n’ Romance Various Artists 1
Santa’s Mixed Bag (disc 1) Various Artists 1
That’s Live, Vol. 2 Various Artists 1
The Golden Collection 1 & 2 Various Artists 1
The Secret Behind Santa Various Artists 1
TM Century: GoldDisc 182 Various Artists 1
TM Century: GoldDisc 263 Various Artists 1
Wheel of Knowledge Sampler Various Artists 1
Who’s Been Messin’: Classic Rock Sounds of 1978 Various Artists 1

Album + Compilation + Live

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
2004 Live Aid Various Artists 1
2011 The Best of Rock and Roll Hall of Fame + Museum Live Various Artists 2
2011 Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame Volume 7: 2002-2003 Various Artists 1

Album + Compilation + Soundtrack

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1978 FM: The Original Movie Soundtrack Various Artists 2
2018 The Searcher - The Original Soundtrack Elvis Presley 3

Album + Live

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1979 No Nukes Various Artists 3
1990 Live USA Bob Dylan Featuring Tom Petty 3
1990 Precious Memories Bob Dylan 2
1993 Bob Dylan: The 30th Anniversary Concert Celebration Various Artists 5
1993 Biggest Hits Live USA Vol. 1 Various Artists 1
1995 Superstars, Vol. 3: Rock Various Artists 1
1995 Superstars, Vol. 4: Rock Various Artists 1
2001 America: A Tribute to Heroes Various Artists 2
2003 Concert for George Various Artists 5 7
2003 ONXRT: Live From the Archives, Volume 6 Various Artists 1
2005 The Broadcast Rarities: Live Tom Petty 3
2016 This Land Is Your Land Bob Dylan & Tom Petty 2
Dylan Forever Bob Dylan backed by Booker T. & The MG’s feat. G. E. Smith & Jim Keltner 1

Album + Soundtrack

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1993 Home Alone Christmas Various Artists 1
2004 Ladder 49 Various Artists 1
2004 Scrubs: Season 3 Various Artists 1
2005 Elizabethtown Various Artists 1
2008 YTMND Soundtrack, Volume 17 Various Artists 1

Single

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1989 Free Fallin' Tom Petty 4 7

Other

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1991 Little White Wonder The Pooh Sticks 1

Unspecified type

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1993 Classic Rock Vol. II Various Artists 1
2008 Best of Soundstage Various Artists 1

Compilation

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1993 Chartbusters December 1993 Various Artists 1

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