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Tom Petty
Wont Back Down
Tom Petty was born and raised in Gainesville, Florida, and attended Gainesville High School. His
interest in rock and roll music began at age 10 when he met Elvis Presley.[6] In the summer of 1961,
his uncle was working on the set of Presley's film Follow That Dream in nearby Ocala, Florida and
invited Petty to come down and watch the shoot.[7] He instantly became an Elvis Presley fan and soon
traded his Wham-O slingshot for a box of Elvis 45s.[4] In a 2006 interview on the National Public Radio
program Fresh Air, Petty said that he knew he wanted to be in a band the moment he saw The Beatles
on The Ed Sullivan Show.[8] One of his first guitar teachers was Don Felder, a fellow Gainesville
resident, who would later join The Eagles.[9] As a young man, Petty worked briefly on the grounds crew
for the University of Florida, but never attended as a student. An Ogeechee lime tree that he planted
while employed at the University is now called the Tom Petty tree.[10][11]
Thomas Earl "Tom" Petty (born October 20, 1950) is an American singer-songwriter and
multi-instrumentalist. He is the frontman of Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers and was a
founding member of the late 1980s supergroup Traveling Wilburys and Mudcrutch. He has
also performed under the pseudonyms of Charlie T. Wilbury, Jr. and Muddy Wilbury