Remembering Tom Petty Through The Years In Photos

Carly Ledbetter

Tom Petty, lead singer of “Tom Petty and The Heartbreakers,”died on Monday, according to a statement from Petty’s longtime manager. 

Tributes poured infor the rock ’n roll icon as bandmates, musicians and celebrities memorialized the “American Girl” singer. Pettybegan his careerwith The Heartbreakers in 1976 and earned success with hits like “Free Fallin,” “I Won’t Back Down” and “You Don’t Know How It Feels.” 

Along with his hit songs, Petty was instantly recognizable with his long, blond hair, funky shirts and blazers, neck scarves and rotating pairs of sunglasses. 

Remember his life, music and rock n’ roll style in the photos below: 

1976

Posing in New York in 1976. 

1976

Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers pose for a portrait on July 15, 1976 in Los Angeles, CA. 

1977

A portrait in New York, 1977. 

1977

In his hotel room in New York City, New York, Oct. 7, 1977.

1978

Performing live at The Winterland Ballroom in 1978 in San Francisco, CA. 

1978

Performing at the Riviera Theatre in Chicago Sept. 28, 1978.

1979

Performing with The Heartbreakers on "Saturday Night Live" on Nov. 10, 1979.

1980

Chatting with Los Angeles Times pop critic, Robert Hilburn, backstage at a 1980 Santa Cruz, CA. 

1980

Prancing onstage during a Santa Cruz, CA, concert at the Civic Auditorium in 1980. 

1981

Relaxing on his tour bus between 1981 concert performances in Chicago, IL. 

1981

Posing backstage for pictures following a 1981 concert in Chicago, IL. Petty and his band, The Heartbreakers, were in the middle of a 28-city tour of the U.S.

1982

Performing at Wembley Arena in London on Dec. 7, 1982. 

1983

With The Heartbreakers on June 9, 1983.

1984

Jerry Lee Lewis greets guests, including Tom Petty, in his trailer on Jan. 17, 1984 after his concert at the Palomino in Los Angeles, CA. 

1985

Performing at the Live Aid Concert on July 13, 1985 at JFK Stadium in Philadelphia, PA. 

1986

Bob Dylan and Tom Petty pose for a portrait at Westwood One studios where they are promoting their "True Confessions" tour. 

1986

Bob Dylan and Tom Petty in concert on July 22, 1986 in Chicago, IL. 

1987

Performing with The Heartbreakers in Brussels, Belgium on Oct. 8, 1987.

1987

With Dolly Parton on "Dolly" in 1987. 

1989

With wife Jane Petty at the "Performance of Ringo and the All-Stars" on Sept. 4, 1989 in Los Angeles, CA. 

1989

With The Heartbreakers on "Saturday Night Live" on May 20, 1989. 

1990

Performing at the Oakland Coliseum on March 6, 1990. 

1990

Performing on Feb. 1, 1990 on "Late Night With David Letterman." 

1991

Performing on The Great Wide Open Tour in Bloomington, MN on Sept. 4, 1991. 

1991

With wife Jane Petty at the ASCAP Music Awards on May 15, 1991 in Beverly Hills, CA. 

1992

Performing with The Heartbreakers in Brussels, Belgium in April 1992.

1993

Attending the re-naming party for Def American-American Records on Aug. 27, 1993 in Los Angeles, CA. 

1994

Holding an MTV Video Music Award for Best Male Video (for the song "Mary Jane's Last Dance") on Sept. 8, 1994.

1994

At the MTV Video Music Awards in New York City, NY in 1994. 

1995

At the 12th Annual MTV Video Music Awards on Sept. 7, 1995 in New York City, NY.

1995

With The Heartbreakers in Minneapolis, MN on Sept. 10, 1995.

1996

During an interview on "The Tonight Show with Jay Leno" on Aug. 5, 1996. 

1997

Attending the world premiere of "The Postman" on Dec. 12, 1997 in Burbank, CA. 

1998

Accepting an award at the Bammies on March 7, 1998 in San Francisco, CA. 

1999

Receiving a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame on April 28, 1999 in Hollywood, CA. 

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