1950 - Present
Inducted in 2014
Tom Petty’s artistic achievement is indisputable. Petty was a leading figure on the American music scene for almost four decades. Individually and with others, he has sold more than 60 million albums and is one of the most recognized musicians in the nation and world. In 2002 Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers were inducted in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, whose website identifies Petty’s artistic contribution by noting that he and the band “did their part to revitalize rock in the mid-to-late Seventies.” Few American artists have had a greater impact on the course of contemporary music than Florida’s Tom Petty, and he was a featured participant in some of the most significant global musical events of the past several decades.