Happy Birthday today (Feb. 1) to Mike Campbell (Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers, Fleetwood Mac) who turns 69. In remembrance, singer Jani Lane of Warrant would have been 55.
Mike Campbell joined Tom Petty in 1975 to form the original Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers along with bassist Ron Blair and drummer Stan Lynch. The band experienced great success throughout the 1970’s and 1980’s with songs like “American Girl”, “Breakdown”, “The Waiting”, “Learning to Fly”, “Refugee”, and “Mary Jane’s Last Dance”. Tom Petty’s most successful release was his first solo album, 1989’s Full Moon Fever. Although a solo album, it features contributions form members of the Heartbreakers including Mike Campbell. S ingles include “I Won’t Back Down”, “Free Fallin'”, and “Running Down a Dream ( a song co-written with Campbell). The album went five times platinum in the U.S. and Rolling Stone magazine named it one of the top 100 best albums of the 1980’s. Campbell is a incredible guitarist and I've had had the opportunity to see him perform in concert on several occasions with Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers. On April 9, 2018 it was announced that Mike Campbell would be joining Fleetwood Mac as a replacement for lead guitarist Lindsey Buckingham. Cheers to Mike Campbell on his birthday today!
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