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Tom Petty
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Background information
Birth name Thomas Earl Petty
Also known as Charlie T. Wilbury Jr., Muddy Wilbury
Born (1950-10-20)October 20, 1950
Gainesville, Florida, U.S.
Died October 2, 2017(2017-10-02) (aged 66)
Santa Monica, California, U.S.
Genres Rock, rock and roll, roots rock, heartland rock, blues rock, southern rock, country rock
Occupation(s) Musician, singer, songwriter, record producer, actor
Years active 1970–2017
Labels Shelter, Backstreet, MCA, Warner Bros., American, Reprise
Associated acts Eric Clapton, Epics, Mudcrutch, Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers, Traveling Wilburys, Stevie Nicks, Bob Dylan, Jeff Lynne, George Harrison, Grateful Dead, Roy Orbison, Bonnie Raitt, Dwight Twilley, Prince, Phil Seymour, Johnny Cash, the Shelters

Thomas Earl Petty (October 20, 1950 – October 2, 2017) was an American musician, singer-songwriter, voice actor and record producer. He is best known as the lead singer of Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers, but is also known as a member and co-founder of the late 1980s supergroup the Traveling Wilburys (under the pseudonyms of Charlie T. Wilbury, Jr. and Muddy Wilbury), and his early band Mudcrutch.

Petty was also known for his voice role as Lucky in the television series King of the Hill.

In his career, Petty sold more than 80 million records worldwide, making him one of the best-selling music artists of all time. In 2002, Petty was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

Petty died on October 2, 2017 after he was found in his home in Santa Monica, California suffering from cardiac arrest at the age of 66.

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