“RUNNIN” DOWN A DREAM”*
The Martyn Jones tribute to Tom Petty
As the leader of Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers, and also as a member of The Traveling Wilburys, singer, songwriter and actor Tom Petty was an icon. During his career, he sold more than 80 million records, was inducted into the Rock'n'Roll Hall of Fame, was awarded the prestigious Billboard Century Award and earned a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
Tom Petty was born in 1950 in Gainesville, Florida. Meeting Elvis Presley on a nearby movie set changed his life. He knew that somehow his future would be in show business. Then he saw The Beatles on the Ed Sullivan show and things became clear. He was going lead a rock'n'roll band.
With the help of future Eagle Don Felder, Tom quickly mastered the guitar. After a series of unsuccessful “garage bands”, he formed The Heartbreakers, developed a unique sound and eventually landed a recording contract. Their third album, “Damn The Torpedoes”, which included hits “Don't Do Me Like That” and “Refugee”, made them a household name. Their success on records and concert tours continued until Tom's sudden death in 2017.
Martyn Jones is a Canadian singer, musician, producer and popular sideman who has performed on five continents and some 80 albums. His appearance, vocal and musical talents mirror those of Tom Petty with striking accuracy. . Songs in his Tom Petty “Runnin' Down A Dream” show include “Refugee”, “Free Fallin”, “I Won't Back Down”, “Don't Do Me Like That”, of course “Runnin' Down A Dream” and many more.