1983 Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers – Change of Heart
Tom Petty and members of the defunk band Mudcrunch joined together with a few other musicians and formed Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers in 1976. Their first single failed to chart, but when Breakdown got reissued in 1977 it reached #40 on the Hot 100.
The band reached the top ten on the Hot 100 in 1979 and had their first single top the US Mainstream Rock Chart in 1981. Long After Dark became their fifth studio album in 1982. The first single from the album, You Got Lucky, again took them to the top of the US Mainstream Rock chart while stopping at #20 on the Hot 100.
The band’s next single failed to chart at all. They made only one public appearance in January 1983 before releasing another single from the album. Tom wrote Change Of Heart and he and Jimmy Iovine produced the single.
After one more appearance in March, the band appears to have taken some time off from touring or recording.
Work began on a complex album. Southern Accents was intended to be a concept album, but somehow, that plan got abandoned. Tom removed several songs from the track list and added three more co-written with Dave Stewart of the Eurythmics. The album came out in 1985 and Don’t Come Around Here No More got promoted with a distinctive video. The single reached #13 on the Hot 100 and #2 on the US Mainstream Rock Chart.
While most of Tom’s releases continue to get airplay on radio stations with Rock or Classic Rock formats, oldies stations don’t seem to pay their music much attention (except for Free Fallin’ and Don’t Do Me Like That).
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