Tom Petty had a timeless vintage sound. More importantly, he was an inspiration for what rock and roll and integrity look like.
Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers were initially signed to shelter records. Although the band did not have success in the United States With there Self Titled debut album. The Record featured the singles " American Girl" and Breakdown," which would become two of Tom Petty and Heartbreaker's most famous songs.
Their second album, You're Gonna Get It!, was released in 1978. The band's first gold record featured the singles "I Need to Know" and "Listen To Her Heart."
In 1979, the band was dragged into a legal dispute when ABC Records, Shelter's distributor, was sold to MCA. Petty refused to be transferred to another record label and held fast to his principles, which led to him filing for bankruptcy as a tactic against MCA.
In 1979 the band put out the record "Damn The Torpedoes," which quickly went platinum featuring the singles " Don't Do Me Like That" and " Refugee," which were also major staples of his live show. "Don't Do Me Like That" went to number 10 on the U.S charts, and Refugee went to number 15. On the U.S charts
"Damn the Torpedoes" made the band superstars, and the record label wanted to capitalize on their success. Hence, they decided to raise the price of their next record, " Hard Promises," from $8.98 to $9.98. Petty, Being a man of integrity, voiced his disdain to the press, which became a significant issue with his fans, who appreciated his loyalty to them.
Tom and the record label were again at odds, and he threatened to release the record. Instead of Calling it " Hard Promises," he would name it 8.98. Eventually, the label caved in and released the record at $ 8.98.
The record was a top ten hit record featuring the single " The Waiting," which reached number 19 on the U.S billboard charts and featured a duet with Stevie Knicks called " The Insider.
Very few Rock Stars go against the grain and fight record companies out of fear of losing their success. Tom Petty was not afraid to go against the grain to do what he felt was right.
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