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Petty (Thomas Earl Petty, 20 October 1950, Gainesville, Florida, USA; guitar) and his formidible band the Heartbreakers were one of the most exciting bands to emerge from America out of the mid-70s, and marked a return to the virtues of classic rock n roll on a rock scene dominated by heavy metal and progressive bands. They continued to enjoy commercial success in the 80s, thanks in no small part to a series of stunning videos that found popularity on the emerging MTV music channel.
The Heartbreakers were formed from the ashes of Pettys first professional band, Mudcrutch, in 1975. Petty was joined by Mike Campbell (b. Michael Wayne Campbell, 1 February 1950, Panama City, Florida, USA; guitar), Benmont Tench (b. Benjamin Montmorency Tench III, 7 September 1953, Gainesville, Florida, USA; keyboards), Stan Lynch (b. Stanley Lynch, 21 May 1955, Cincinnati, Ohio, USA; drums) and Ron Blair (b. Ronald Edward Blair, 16 September...