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Tom Petty Through the Years

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When Tom Petty first hit the airwaves in 1976 with his debut single "Breakdown" he didn't seem destined to become a superstar – more like the kind of guy who would release a handful of moderately successful singles and never get beyond a cult following. But Petty  just kept getting bigger and bigger as he scored hit after hit. Along the way, he's worked with an incredible bunch of collaborators, including Stevie Nicks, Johnny Cash, Bob Dylan, George Harrison and many others. Here's a slideshow of photos from Petty's amazing career. 

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George Harrison, Roger McGuinn, Bob Dylan, Donald 'Duck' Dunn and Tom Petty perform at the Bob Dylan Columbia Records 30th Anniversay Tribute finale in New York on October 16th, 1992.

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Stephen Stills

Tom Petty performs with Stephen Stills at the 10th Annual Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony in New York in 1995.

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George Harrison and Brian Setzer

George Harrison, Tom Petty and Brian Setzer during the 2000 Billboard Music Awards in Las Vegas, Nevada on December 5th, 2000

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Tom Petty performs with the Heartbreakers during the 17th Annual Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony in New York on March 18th, 2002.

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Tom Petty performs during the 2003 Radio Music Awards Show at The Aladdin Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas, Nevada on October 27th, 2003.

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Prince

Tom Petty performs with new inductee, Prince, at the 19th Annual Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony in New York on March 15th, 2004.

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Keith Richards

Tom Petty performs with Keith Richards at the 19th Annual Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony in New York on March 15th, 2004.

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Mike Campbell and Tom Petty perform with the Heartbreakers during the Heartbreakers Summer Tour at the Greek Theater in Berkeley, California on August 26th, 2005.

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Eddie Vedder

Eddie Vedder performs with Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers at the Marcus Amphitheater in Milwaukee, Wisconsin on June 29th, 2006.

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Dave Grohl

Dave Grohl of the Foo Fighters performs with Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers in New York on August 19th, 2006.

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Super Bowl XLII

Tom Petty and The Heartbereakers perform during the Bridgestone Halftime Show at Super Bowl XLII between the New York Giants and the New England Patriots at University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale, Arizona on February 3rd, 2008.

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Mudcrutch 2.0

Tom Petty performs with Mudcrutch in support of the band's album release at the Troubadour in  West Hollywood on May 1st, 2008.

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Steve Winwood

Steve Winwood performs with Tom Petty and the Heartbrakers at the 2008 Outside Lands Music and Arts Festival in Golden Gate Park, San Francisco on August 23rd, 2008.

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Allman Brothers Band

Warren Haynes, Mike Campbell, Derek Trucks and Tom Petty perform during the Allman Brothers Band concert at the Greek Theater in Berkeley, California on May 19th, 2009.

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October 29th, 2011

Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers perform a fundraiser for public-supported radio station KCSN 88.5 in the 500-seat Plaza del Sol Performance Hall on the campus of California State University, Northridge on October 29th, 2011.

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October 29th, 2011

Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers perform a fundraiser for public-supported radio station KCSN 88.5 in the 500-seat Plaza del Sol Performance Hall on the campus of California State University, Northridge on October 29th, 2011.

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Jeff Kravitz

October 29th, 2011

Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers perform a fundraiser for public-supported radio station KCSN 88.5 in the 500-seat Plaza del Sol Performance Hall on the campus of California State University, Northridge on October 29th, 2011.

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Jeff Kravitz

October 29th, 2011

Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers perform a fundraiser for public-supported radio station KCSN 88.5 in the 500-seat Plaza del Sol Performance Hall on the campus of California State University, Northridge on October 29th, 2011.

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Jeff Kravitz

October 29th, 2011

Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers perform a fundraiser for public-supported radio station KCSN 88.5 in the 500-seat Plaza del Sol Performance Hall on the campus of California State University, Northridge on October 29th, 2011.

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Jeff Kravitz

October 29th, 2011

Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers perform a fundraiser for public-supported radio station KCSN 88.5 in the 500-seat Plaza del Sol Performance Hall on the campus of California State University, Northridge on October 29th, 2011.

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