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The Rock N’ Roll Artists That Transcends Time

The music industry can be a tricky one. One moment you have the world in the palm of your hand, the next, nobody even knows who you are. While the entertainment world, as a whole, can be kind to one artist, it can be cruel to someone who is just starting out and does not have much connection. Time and again, we have seen one-hit wonders grace the stages only to fade out after a few months. For example, generations of today might no longer be aware who Vanilla Ice is, or who Jordan Knight is. Fortunately for Tom Petty, the music goddesses and gods are pretty intrigued with what he has to offer.

Tom Petty was born Thomas Earl Petty, and is best known as the lead vocalist of the band, “The Heartbreakers”. He is also known as the founder of the 1980s group the Travelling Wilburys. Having sold more than 80 million records, he is considered by many as one of the best-selling artists of all time. This title is something that he aptly deserves having transcended number of generations.

Long before Tom Petty started learning how to strum guitars, he got pretty inspired by The King, Elvis Presley. This love for music was further strengthened when he saw The Beatles perform at The Ed Sullivan Show. This started in him the desire to start his own band, or at least be a member of one. By the time he had learned how to play the guitar, he was already on his way to put up his first band ever, The Epics. The band later evolved to become “Mudcrutch”. One of the songs released by the group, “Depot Street”, remains a pretty popular track among fans although the group had already broken up.

Although the breakup of the Mudcrutch could pretty much give Tom Petty a sign to start his own solo career, he opted to start the band, The Heartbreakers, along with Mike Campbell, Benmont Tench, Ron Blair, and Stan Lynch. They were able to release such tracks as “Breakdown”, “I need to Know”, “Listen To Her Heart”, “Cry to Me’, and the “Waiting”, among other titles.

During the latter part of the 80’s and the early part of the 90s, Petty got involved with another group as a founding member. That group happened to be the Traveling Wilburys which included Bob Dylan and George Harrison in the lineup. They were able to release such tracks as “Handle With Care”, “Free Fallin”, “I Won’t Back Down”, and “Mary Jane’s Last Dance” among others. The bands last album was a certified diamond record having reached more than ten million in sold copies.

It can be said, however, that one of the secrets to Tom Petty’s ability to transcend generations is the fact that he is also able to transcend various media. For one, he was able to seamlessly transition from being a voice to actually acting out in the silver screen. He had a role in the movie, “The Postman” alongside Kevin Costner, appeared at one of the episodes in The Simpsons, and voiced the character Elroy "Lucky" Kleinschmidt in The King of The Hill.

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