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It’s been simply over a 12 months since Tom Petty’s premature dying. To pay tribute to the legendary rocker, Jon Scott, his long-time pal and former file label radio promo man, has revealed a brand new guide, Tom Petty and Me: My Rock ‘n’ Roll Adventures with Tom Petty.
With a foreword by John Mellencamp, Scott’s guide traces his historical past with Petty, starting when Scott, as a radio promo man, was one the primary forces in serving to to get Petty’s music heard on radio stations across the nation.
Petty, himself, acknowledged this from the stage the Hollywood Bowl on September 25, 2017, at what would turn out to be his final live performance ever: “There’s one explicit pal I need to dedicate this subsequent music to. This is for Jon Scott. And six weeks earlier than we have been going to be dropped from ABC Records, he went to the radio stations…and acquired that sucker performed and, on the charts, and we’re ceaselessly grateful to him.”
Although Petty is one the best entrance males within the historical past American rock ‘n’ roll, Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers may by no means have achieved the celebrity they did with out the fervour and dedication a couple of individuals within the music enterprise, like Jon Scott, who labored tirelessly behind the scenes. In the guide, Scott shares the collection coincidences and serendipity that introduced him and Petty collectively, altering each their careers. This is the story an unimaginable expertise realizing a seemingly once-impossible dream by the fervour and dedication one man who created a motion on Petty’s behalf. In the method, the course rock ‘n’ roll historical past was ceaselessly modified.
The story put forth on this guide is true, and it particulars the trials and tribulations being a promo man and the exhilarating feeling being an element rock ’n’ roll historical past.
Scott was raised in Memphis, Tennessee, and like many younger Memphis children rising up within the ’50s, he was uncovered to all kinds music, together with gospel, blues, and rock ’n’ roll. He had music working by his veins and so dropped out school to pursue the radio profession that he longed for. To pay his tuition, he labored at a neighborhood movie show, the place he had the great fortune one evening to get to fulfill Elvis Presley – coincidentally Petty, too, set his sights on turning into a rock ‘n’ roll star when, as a baby, he met Elvis on a movie set.
Scott started his profession working a WMC FM 100, a progressive rock station a station, the place he developed an enormous nighttime viewers. In 1973, when he went to work for MCA Records, first as a neighborhood promo man within the mid-South, then as a regional promo man in Atlanta, and at last as head nationwide album promotion in Los Angeles. Soon after, he was fered his dream job at MCA as head nationwide album promotion.
He moved on to ABC Records, once more as nationwide head album promotion, in 1977. This was when many serendipitous, cosmic coincidences would happen, particularly with a then-relatively unknown band, Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers. Fate stepped in when Scott’s perception within the band and its music resulted in elevated airplay and worldwide touring. The relaxation, as they are saying, is historical past. He went on to work with Petty and the band for greater than forty years.