1. In 2008, Tom Petty reunited them for an album and a tour —which especially shocked his early bandmates.
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9. Tom Petty worked more extensively as a voice actor in 28 episodes of King of the Hill.
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13. Tom Petty was found unconscious at his home, not breathing and in full cardiac arrest, early in the morning of Monday, October 2, 2017.
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15. Tom Petty instantly became a Presley fan, and when he returned that Saturday, he was greeted by his friend Keith Harben, and soon traded his Wham-O slingshot for a collection of Elvis 45s.
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17. Tom Petty was born October 20, 1950, in Gainesville, Florida, the first of two sons of Kitty Petty, a local tax office worker, and Earl Petty, who worked in a grocery store.
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23. Tom Petty was going through a rough time when he made his album "Echo", and he revealed to Rolling Stone that in the end he wasn't a fan of the album.
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30. Tom Petty dropped out of school and formed his first band called Mudcrutch, whose only single "Depot Street" remains popular, even today.
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43. Towards the end of the show's run, Tom Petty was more or less a regular part of King Of The Hill's cast, even though he was still credited as a guest star.
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45. Tom Petty has often referred to his decades-long friendship with Stevie Nicks as fiery and intense.
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49. Tom Petty was featured on an episode of The Simpsons in 2002.
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56. In an interview with Rolling Stone, Tom Petty talked about his plans after he wrapped with The Heartbreakers.
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58. Tom Petty has had several small film roles, most notably a post-apocalyptic mayor in Kevin Costner's 1997 flop The Postman.
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64. In 2006, Tom Petty went solo once more, working with Jeff Lynne to produce the No 4-charting album Highway Companion, before reuniting with the Heartbreakers for a 30th anniversary tour.
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65. Tom Petty was born in Gainesville, Florida, on October 20, 1950, the first son of Earl and Kitty Petty.
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70. Tom Petty received the Billboard Century Award, the organization's highest honor for creative achievement, at a ceremony on December 6, 2005, during the Billboard Music Awards at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas.
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77. Tom Petty told Rolling Stone Magazine, "I seriously doubt that there is any negative intent there.
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79. Tom Petty had a recurring role as the voice of Elroy "Lucky" Kleinschmidt in the animated comedy series King of the Hill from 2004 to 2009.
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80. Tom Petty appeared in the 1997 film The Postman, directed by and starring Kevin Costner, as the Bridge City Mayor.
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81. In the episode, Tom Petty gets bumped from the show and nearly comes to blows with Greg Kinnear.
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82. Tom Petty was featured in Shandling's other show, The Larry Sanders Show, as one of the Story within a story final guests.
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83. In July 2006, Tom Petty released a solo album titled Highway Companion, which included the hit "Saving Grace".
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88. In an interview with the CBC in 2014, Tom Petty stated that the Rolling Stones were "my punk music".
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