John Lennon, Bon Jovi, Tom Petty Songs Raising Funds Special Olympics
... (Gibson) A new collection that features a collection of classic rockers, including Christmas-themed songs by John Lennon, Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers
, Jon Bon Jovi and Rod Stewart. Proceeds from the release will go to the Special Olympics. Icon: A Very Special Christmas , available now via Universal Music Enterprises, includes Lennon and wife Yoko Ono's tune "Happy Xmas (War Is Over)," Tom Petty
's "Christmas All Over," Bon Jovi's "Please Come Home for Christmas" and Stewart's "Let It Snow! Let It Snow! Let It Snow!" Other artists appearing on the collection include Aretha Franklin, Sheryl Crow, Sting and Elvis Presley. Check out the track listing for the set below. The A Very Special Christmas series has proven very successful, raising over 116 million dollars for the Special Olympics programs since 1987. Check out the tracklisting of the new collection here. Gibson.com is an official news provider for antiMusic.com. Copyright Gibson.com - Excerpted here with permission. John Lennon, Bon Jovi, Tom Petty
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Eric Church Addresses Tom Petty's Criticism of Country Music
... but the ACM Album of the Year winner is optimistic about the state of country music -- even if Petty doesn't agree. "I think it's a cooler format than it's been in a long time," he says. "It's taken over a lot of where rock and roll left off...so for me, I'm excited about where we go from here." It sounds like Church doesn't believe country music is free fallin' anytime soon -- and we don't, either. Leave it to him to set the record straight. He's certainly a country music 'homeboy' through and through.Next: The Biggest Feuds in Country History Eric Church Addresses Tom Petty
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Jake Owen Says Tom Petty's Comments About Country Music Were 'Ridiculous, Uneducated'
... dad always said there's an a- for every seat so if you don't like it, get out," Owen continues. The country singer says he's still a fan of Petty, but it's clear the rocker upset him. Earlier, Chris Stapleton responded to Petty's comments by asking him to "put your money where your mouth is" and join him in a collaboration. The open letter to Tom Petty
came across as tongue-in-cheek, although if Petty agrees to record with him, Stapleton seems likely to accept.Next: See the Biggest Feuds in Country Music History Jake Owen Says Tom Petty
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Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers (1975-)
Tom Petty (vocals, guitar)
Mike Campbell (guitar)
Benmont Tench (keyboards)
Ron Blair (bass) 1975-1982
Stan Lynch (drums) 1975-1994
Howie Epstein (bass) 1982-2002
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The band formed in Gainesville, Florida, home of the University of Florida (The Gators). The first version of the band was called Mudcrutch, and included Petty and Campbell. They became popular in Florida, and occasionally played shows with another Florida band, Lynyrd Skynyrd. The only Mudcrutch song released was a single called "Depot Street."
They signed their record deal with Shelter Records, but in 1979, Shelter was acquired by MCA, and Petty had a lot of problems working with the label. When it appeared Petty was in debt to MCA, he filed bankruptcy. MCA sued him, and they agreed to let Petty record under a label they set up specifically for him called Backstreet Records.
When they made their album Hard Promises, MCA wanted to sell it for $9.98, which was $1 more than what most albums cost. Petty protested and threatened to name the album "$8.98. The label backed off and released it at the lower price. Petty's vehemence in releasing the album at the $8.98 price is reflected on the Hard Promises album cover. In the lower right-hand corner, there are albums in record bin. The album at the front of the right side of the bin reflects the $8.98 price. (thanks, Karen - Sacramento, CA)
The band appeared in the 1978 movie FM, which was the inspiration for the TV show WKRP In Cincinnati. Petty has also been in the movies Made In Heaven and The Postman.
In 1988, Petty joined Jeff Lynne, Bob Dylan, Roy Orbison and George Harrison in The Traveling Wilburys. Harrison and Orbison played on Petty's 1989 album Full Moon Fever, which was produced by Lynne. The band toured with Dylan in 1986. In an interview with Esquire magazine, Petty said: "The great thing about the Wilburys was that none of us had to take the heat by ourselves. I was just a member of the band. Nobody felt like he was above anybody else. We had such a good time."
Petty was on the last episode of The Larry Sanders Show, a comedy about a late night talk show starring Gary Shandling.
In 1987, Petty's house was destroyed by fire. Arson was suspected.
The albums Full Moon Fever and Wildflowers were credited as Tom Petty solo albums, but most of The Heartbreakers played on them.
Their videos have won several MTV Video Music Awards. In 1994, they received a Video Vanguard award for lifetime achievement.
Epstein died in 2003. Personal problems and drug addiction caused him to leave the band a year earlier, and it is likely that drugs played a role in his death.
The original Mudcrutch guitarist was Tom Leadon, brother of Eagles guitarist Bernie Leadon. Tom Leadon left the band, but before his departure, Petty played bass.
For about 2 years starting in 1986, they toured with Bob Dylan as his backing band.
Petty appeared in The Simpsons episode "How I Spent My Strummer Vacation." He shows Homer how to write lyrics, and they come up with a song about a sexy girl walking down the street who is concerned with budget problems in public schools.
In 1999, the band received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
A seminal moment in Petty's life came when he was 11 years old and met Elvis Presley on the set of the movie Follow That Dream in Ocala, Florida. This is when Petty started playing guitar. (thanks, Stevie Lee - WSFR, Louisville, KY, for above 3)
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