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We're dedicated to preserving the history of Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers.

Our goal is to compile information so fans can learn more about one of America's most iconic rock bands.

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Did You Know...

...that on the 4th of July, 1976, the air conditioning broke down during the recording of "American Girl"?

...that Tom Petty credits Peter Wolf of the J. Geils Band as being a big influence on the Heartbreakers' live show?

...that Hard Promises had a working title of Benmont's Revenge?

Random Quote

"Okay, howzabout 'Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers' is purely and simply the best mainstream rock debut by any American band this year and anyone who doesn't rush out and buy the booger immediately don't know nuthin!' And yes, I really do believe the first half of the statement to be perfectly true."

- Giovanni DadamoSounds magazine