As you can see from the photos above, Tom Petty has worn many hats, and lots of different pairs of sunglasses, over the years. We’ve collected dozens of great pictures from throughout his incredible career, which now spans over four decades.
Formed with two members (Mike Campbell and Benmont Tench) from his previous band Mudcrutch, in the mid-’70s Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers found success first in England and then in the United States on the strength of their great live performances and singles such as “Breakdown” and “I Need to Know.”
Petty broke through to the superstar with the group’s third album, Damn the Torpedoes and then exploded into the mainstream 10 years later with his first solo album, Full Moon Fever, which featured the career defining hits “Free Fallin’,” “I Won’t Back Down” and “Runnin’ Down a Dream.”
All told, he’s amassed 15 top 40 hits and placed 18 straight albums in the Top 20 – including 11 records with the Heartbreakers, three solo efforts, two as a member of the Traveling Wilburys (alongside Bob Dylan, George Harrison, Roy Orbison and Jeff Lynne) and two more as leader of a reformed Mudcrutch.
You’ll find live photos, promotional shots and scenes from Petty’s most famous and influential music videos in the gallery above, alongside some of his most iconic album covers.