Florida has got a diverse cultural superlative to claim that they are the best. Be it the Magic Kingdom or patches of Sunshine sand, being the best beach in America or the Madeira Beach, the world’s most giant chicken wing or Ochopee, the smallest post office in the world, or the first Burger King in the world, Jacksonville, or the most famous rock band of all time, “Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers”!
So, let us look at every minute detail about the combo between “Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers”!
Let us talk about the band!
Before straightly getting into the combination of Petty and the band, let us collectively talk about the band. The heartbreakers band is quite similar to the Revolution or E Street band. Mike Campbell is a co-writer on most of the hits by Petty and others, and Benmont Tench is the person behind the best guitar notes that we get to listen to in their albums and songs!
In the beginning, Bassist Ron Blair was along with the band but left for two decades and then returned in 2002; while Scott Thurston, multi-instrumentalist, and Steve Ferrone, drummer, have been with Tom Petty since the early 90s.
Now, it is time to talk about Petty, the man behind the band!
Petty was a skinny kid with stringy and shiny hair while he sang a little like Dylan!
He almost sang about everything. Be it about the American girls raised on the promises or the girls who loved Elvis, or girls who grew up tall and right, or girls who loved horses and their boyfriends or about rebels, losers, and refugees who sometimes got lucky, he sang it all! These were the kind of characterisations that populate every American’s dream.
Other country singers about Petty!
Eric Paslay says that Petty’s singing is just like talking to someone, whenever he sings; while Matt Shultz says that the starting place of Petty is the craftsmanship of his songs. He adds to this by saying Petty has his own voice and sound, which is entirely unique and the crazy thing about him is that he transcended that period and was able to pen down incredible songs throughout his life!
Sam Smith’s Grammy shared with Petty?!
Sam Smith, the English pop singer, agreed to share the credits for his song “Stay with me” with Petty’s song, “I won’t go back down.” Responding to this moment, Petty shrugged at that time while he said these things happen!
Well, again, one of the statements from Shutz goes like he actually considers Petty as on the level of a Bob Dylan, or someone like that, while Rinehart claims Petty is possibly an underrated singer, and he still is an underrated singer.