Tom Petty is a soft rock musician with his own band called the Heartbreaks not to be confused with the Blackhearts, which is Joan Jett’s group that I also covered earlier this week and is also from the 1980s. Tom Petty is one of my favorite vocalists and one of my favorite soft rock groups along with the Beatles and Fleetwood Mac. However, not only is Tom Petty an accomplished vocalist and song writer, he was also apparently an actor.
His first media appearance was when he had a cameo appearance in FM. He was later in a movie called Made In Heaven and appeared in several episodes of a TV show called It’s Garry Shandling’s Show. He also appeared in the Larry Sander’s Show. He supposedly plays a future version of himself in The Postman.
Tom Petty made a cameo appearance along with some other rock stars such as Mick Jagger and Keith Richards in an episode of the Simpsons when Homer goes to summer camp and learns how to make music. He also made a recurring appearance in King of the Hill.
He was in a Comedy Central show finale episode for Little Bush. He also made a cameo appearance in a five second musical comedy video called Great Day.
Tom Petty has frequently stuck up for his own artistic control. When ABC Records was sold to MCA Records he refused to go to MCA Records without his consent. He instead ended up at Backstreet Records, which was a subsidiary for MCA Records.
Tom Petty opposed the price for one of his albums being raised by one dollar, which also inspired other music groups to ask for lower album prices. He also sued a tire company for using a song in a commercial that was very similar to one of his own called Mary’s New Car. The company had asked to use one of Tom Petty’s songs, but they were refused. They were forced to drop the commercial from TV. Some music groups have used Tom Petty’s songs as the inspiration for their own songs, though, and Tom Petty has been O.K. with it. While usually being an easy going person, Tom Petty will definitely fight for what he believes in artistically.