Tom Petty, and His Rise from Zero to Hero
Tom Petty’s rise from zero to hero started with him dropping out of highschool at age 17 to join a band called Mudcrutch. With his passion for music inspired by an abusive relationship with his father, he quickly gained people’s attention. He saw the power in channeling emotion, and using his own unique story to help him rise from zero to hero.
The Early Days
Tom Petty’s rise from zero to hero started with his birth in Gainesville, Florida, on October 20th, 1950. His passion for music started at a young age. Petty didn’t have a great relationship with his father, so Tom sought comfort in tunes. Petty was most inspired by Elvis Presley and the Beatles. This is where his rise from zero to hero started, learning to play the guitar to find an escape from his abusive father.
By highschool, Petty’s passion for music consumed him. The first group he played with was local band called the Epics. This didn’t really work out, but that didn’t stop his rise from zero to hero. Tom Petty soon after, at age 17, dropped out of school to join the band Mudcrutch. It wasn’t long before Petty became their primary songwriter and frontman, and brought in a devoted following.
A few years went on and their success didn’t seem to be climbing. Petty had a daughter, Kimberly, and married Jane Benyo in 1974. This was before moving to L.A. with hopes of climbing higher on the ladder of success with Mudcrutch. Petty realized his rise from zero to hero wasn’t going to happen where he was. Upon moving there, Tom had another daughter, Adria. Mudcrutch got signed to Shelter Records. Still not gaining any attention, the band decided to break up, but this didn’t stop Petty’s rise from zero to hero.
Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers
After the breakup of Mudcrutch, Shelter Records offered Petty a solo contract. Years following, some past members of Mudcrutch, aswell as some others, came together to try to start a new band. This is where Tom’s rise from zero to hero really started. Petty and his buddies struck a deal with Shelter Records, releasing a self-titled album as Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers. It took a little while for things to take off. Tom Petty’s rise from zero to hero was slow, but he finally reached rock superstar status in 1979 with his third album Damn the Torpedoes.
Throughout most of his career with Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers, there were constant legal battles and fights with the record company. Petty and his bandmates also had a lot of tension between each other. Tom’s rise from zero to hero took time and effort. There was always a battle that needed to be won in order to achieve. None the less, Petty persevered, reaching solo stardom. Petty never really gave up on his bandmates though, and shows us all that the bonds we make with others can be worth more than meets the eye. In 2002, Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers were put in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. A few years later reformed Mudcrutch to re-release their original self-titled album.
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