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Petty toured all summer across the
Singer-songwriter-guitarist Petty arrived on the national scene during the period between the original classic rock era and the arrival of punk. His taut, thoughtful and heartfelt songs – which elaborated on the work of such precursors as the Byrds – resonated with an audience looking for a new hero.
With their breakthrough third album, 1979’s triple-platinum “Damn the Torpedoes,” the Heartbreakers established themselves as a top contender among American acts of the era. The unit ultimately released eight top-10 albums and nine top-20 singles. The group’s 1993 “Greatest Hits” collection sold more than 10 million copies.
Penning economical, affecting, hook-laced songs (frequently in partnership with guitarist
Recalling his first performance with a band as a teenager to biographer
Despite dramatic exits from the Heartbreakers’ original lineup, the expulsion and overdose death of the group’s latter-day bassist and Petty’s intermittent struggles with drugs and depression, the Heartbreakers sustained their massive popularity for more than four decades.
With 1989’s “Full Moon Fever,” Petty established a concurrent solo career that saw the release of three top-10 albums. He also hit the upper reaches of the charts on two albums with the supergroup the Traveling Wilburys, a collaborative effort with
Petty also returned to his Sunshine State roots with two top-10 albums that…