"If you're not getting older, you're dead." 

  • Born Thomas Earl Petty Oct. 20, 1950, in Gainesville, Florida.
  • Tom Petty and his band the Heartbreakers broke things open with his third album, Damn The Torpedoes, which became a multiplatinum seller and featured the signature hits "Refugee," "Here Comes My Girl" and "Don't Do Me Like That." The 1989 album Full Moon Fever, released as a Petty solo work, contained the hits "Free Fallin'," "I Won't Back Down" and "Runnin' Down A Dream."
  • Petty earned his first career GRAMMY win for 1989 as a member of the Traveling Wilburys with Bob Dylan, George Harrison, Jeff Lynne, and Roy Orbison for Best Rock Performance By A Duo Or Group With Vocal for Traveling Wilburys Volume One. He earned his first solo GRAMMY for 1995 for Best Male Rock Performance for "You Don't Know How It Feels."
  • An 11-year-old Petty got to meet Elvis Presley when Petty's uncle was employed one summer working on the set of a Presley film.
  • Petty was honored as the 2017 MusiCares Person of the Year. The annual Person of the Year gala raises funds for MusiCares, which provides services and resources that cover a wide range of financial, medical and personal emergencies for music people.
  • Petty and his wife Dana have been strong advocates for the homeless and in 2011 received the Golden Heart Award from the Los Angeles charitable organization Midnight Mission for their charity work. 

Tom Petty

"If you're not getting older, you're dead." 

  • Born Thomas Earl Petty Oct. 20, 1950, in Gainesville, Florida.
  • Tom Petty and his band the Heartbreakers broke things open with his third album, Damn The Torpedoes, which became a multiplatinum seller and featured the signature hits "Refugee," "Here Comes My Girl" and "Don't Do Me Like That." The 1989 album Full Moon Fever, released as a Petty solo work, contained the hits "Free Fallin'," "I Won't Back Down" and "Runnin' Down A Dream."
  • Petty earned his first career GRAMMY win for 1989 as a member of the Traveling Wilburys with Bob Dylan, George Harrison, Jeff Lynne, and Roy Orbison for Best Rock Performance By A Duo Or Group With Vocal for Traveling Wilburys Volume One. He earned his first solo GRAMMY for 1995 for Best Male Rock Performance for "You Don't Know How It Feels."
  • An 11-year-old Petty got to meet Elvis Presley when Petty's uncle was employed one summer working on the set of a Presley film.
  • Petty was honored as the 2017 MusiCares Person of the Year. The annual Person of the Year gala raises funds for MusiCares, which provides services and resources that cover a wide range of financial, medical and personal emergencies for music people.
  • Petty and his wife Dana have been strong advocates for the homeless and in 2011 received the Golden Heart Award from the Los Angeles charitable organization Midnight Mission for their charity work. 

GRAMMY Award Results for Tom Petty

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Nominations
Best Rock Album
Hypnotic Eye
 
Nominations
Best Rock Album
Mojo
 
Wins
Best Long Form Music Video
Runnin' Down A Dream
 
Nominations
Best Solo Rock Vocal Performance
Saving Grace
Best Rock Album
Highway Companion
 
Nominations
Best Song Written For Motion Picture, Television Or Other Visual Media
Square One (From Elizabethtown)
 
Nominations
Best Rock Song
Room At The Top (Track)
Best Rock Album
Echo (Album)
 
Wins
Best Male Rock Vocal Performance
You Don't Know How It Feels
Nominations
Best Rock Album
Wildflowers (Album)
 
Nominations
Best Rock Performance By A Duo Or Group With Vocal
My Back Pages (Track)
 
Nominations
Best Rock Performance By A Duo Or Group With Vocal
Into The Great Wide Open (Album)
Best Rock Song
Learning To Fly (Single)
 
Wins
Best Rock Performance By A Duo Or Group With Vocal
Traveling Wilburys Volume One
Nominations
Album Of The Year
Full Moon Fever (Album)
Album Of The Year
Traveling Wilburys Volume One (Album)
Best Rock Vocal Performance, Male
Free Fallin' (Track)
 
Nominations
Best Rock Performance By A Duo Or Group With Vocal
Stop Draggin' My Heart Around (Single)