by Robert Wilkinson
Today's the birthday of Charlie T. (Muddy) Wilbury, a.k.a Tom Petty. Get ready for some great videos!
Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers came roaring out of Gainesville, Florida in the mid-70s with such tunes as "American Girl," "Refugee," and "Breakdown," and never looked back. Between then and now, they've sold over 60,000,000 albums and cds. For your enjoyment, Tom Petty!
First, all 56 minutes of Tom’s 1978 New Years’ Eve Show in Santa Monica!
Live in 1979 on tv, Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers doing "Refugee"
From 1980 in France, Tom and the Heartbreakers doing “Don’t Do Me Like That”
From 1985 at the Wiltern Theater in LA, I found a few great ones! First,
From Farm Aid 1985, Tom live doing the Animals’ hit “Don’t Bring Me Down”
Live from Pack Up the Plantation in 1985, “The Waiting”
Some great rare rehearsal footage of Tom with a few greats!! For your enjoyment, 15 minutes of George Harrison, Tom Petty, Eric Clapton, Neil Young, and Roger McGuinn practicing “My Back Pages” for the 1992 30th Anniversary tribute to Lucky Wilbury, aka, Bob Dylan.
From 1999, a live performance of "Mary Jane's Last Dance"
From "Live at the Fillmore" in San Francisco, March 15 And 16, 1999, I found two great live performances! First, Tom and the legendary Bo Diddley doing “Mona”
Also from the Fillmore show, "Free Fallin'"
A live tv performance of "Into The Great Wide Open."
From 2004's Concert for George, here's Tom Petty, Jeff Lynne, Steve Winwood, Dhani Harrison, Prince, and others doing "While My Guitar Gently Weeps."
Live from Gatorville in 2006, Tom and Stevie Nicks doing
A rare find! Tom and Stevie doing a live duet of the great Searchers' hit from 1964, "Needles and Pins" set to still photos.
In another venue, also live in 2006, Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers doing "I Won't Back Down."
From the same show, "Learning To Fly."
Tom in the studio doing a live performance of a song that should be a national anthem! Here's Chip Taylor's "Wild Thing." (It's not Jimi's version, but what can we expect?)
Here’s Tom and the Heartbreakers doing a rave up version of Buddy Holly's immortal “Not Fade Away."
From 2010, “You Don’t Know How It Feels”
Also from 2010, “Good Enough”
From October 2011, a great performance of “Runnin’ Down A Dream”
From Germany in 2012, a great live performance of "Here Comes My Girl"
Here’s 34 minutes of Tom and the Heartbreakers from just a few weeks ago!
We'll close this section from that show with Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers doing the Wilburys' "Handle With Care."
As a final offering in today's birthday celebtation, if you still just can't get enough, I found this complete concert! It's 2 hours and 11 minutes of everything you could want to hear!
For today's encore, a fitting tune is found with Tom Petty in Dallas August 2008 doing the Wilburys' last hit, "End of the Line."
Thanks for all the great tunes, Charlie T! Sorry Lefty and Nelson (Spike) have split the building, but what ya'll did is for the ages! From another who was raised in central Florida in the 50s and 60s, along with the global visitors to this Cosmic Cantina, a big Happy, and may you have many, many more!
© Copyright 2012 Robert Wilkinson