Tom Petty is best known as the frontman of the band Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers. He pursued a solo career in 1989, recording such hit songs as "Free Fallin'" and "Runnin' Down a Dream."
American rock musician Tom Petty was born in Florida in 1950 and by his teens was playing with local favorites Mudcrutch. In 1975 he and other members of the group moved to Los Angeles, where they formed Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers. The following year, the release of their self-titled debut marked the beginning of what would be a decades-long and extremely successful run, during which they would consistently find themselves at the top of the charts with now-classic songs such as “American Girl,” “Refugee,” “Don’t Come Around Here No More” and “Learning to Fly,” among many others.