The Evolution Of Tom Petty

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His Life in Photos

Before forming Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers, he was part of a group called Epics which later became Mudcrutch. Because of lack of mainstream success, they eventually split up and Petty pursued a solo career. It wasn’t long before he got together with the rest of the Heartbreakers.

It hasn’t been a year since we lost this legendary musician and yet we can already feel the gaping hole he left behind. He was a prolific songwriter and has one of rock’s most distinctive voices. And throughout his entire four-decade career, he has sold over 80 million records worldwide. That’s an accomplishment most can only dream of.

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Now let’s look over his photos through the years and remember the man behind numerous iconic hits.

1968

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1969

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1970

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1971

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1974

via Jim McCrary/Redferns

1976

via Richard E. Aaron

1977

via Ian Dickson/Redferns

1978

via Ron Pownall

1979

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1980

via George Rose/Getty Images

1981

via Lynn Goldsmith

1982

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1983

via Charlyn Zlotnik

1984

via Nancy Clendaniel

1985

via Ebet Roberts/Redferns

1986

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1987

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1988

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1989

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1990

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1991

via Alan Singer/NBCU Photo Bank/Getty Images

1992

via Ian Dickson/REX

1993

via Henry Diltz/Corbis/Getty Images

1994

via Robert Sebree

1995

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1996

via Ellen Jaskol/Los Angeles Times

1997

via Liz Hafalia

1998

via Pat Johnson

1999

via Yesterdays Today/YouTube

2000

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2001

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2002

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2003

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2004

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2005

via Tim Mosenfelder/Getty Images

2006

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2007

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2008

via Tony Kurdzuk/The Star-Ledger

2009

via Roman Cho

2010

via Walter Tychnowicz/Edmonton Journal

2011

via Jeff Kravitz

2012

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2013

via Associated Press

2014

via Jerod Harris/Getty Images

2015

via Rich Fury/Invision/AP

2016

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2017

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