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 good friend and former report label radio promo man, has printed a brand new e-book, Tom Petty and Me: My Rock ‘n’ Roll Adventures with Tom Petty.
With a foreword by John Mellencamp, Scott’s e-book traces his historical past with Petty, starting when Scott, as a radio promo man, was one of many foremost forces in serving to to get Petty’s music heard on radio stations across the nation.
Petty, himself, acknowledged this from the stage of the Hollywood Bowl on September 25, 2017, at what would turn into his final live performance ever: “There’s one specific good friend I wish to dedicate this subsequent tune 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 bought that sucker performed and, on the charts, and we’re perpetually grateful to him.”
Although Petty is among the best entrance males within the historical past of American rock ‘n’ roll, Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers would possibly by no means have achieved the celebrity they did with out the fervour and dedication of some folks within the music enterprise, like Jon Scott, who labored tirelessly behind the scenes. In the e-book, Scott shares the collection of coincidences and serendipity that introduced him and Petty collectively, altering each of their careers. This is the story of an unimaginable expertise realizing a seemingly once-impossible dream via the fervour and dedication of 1 man who created a motion on Petty’s behalf. In the method, the course of rock ‘n’ roll historical past was perpetually modified.
The story put forth on this e-book is true, and it particulars the trials and tribulations of being a promo man and the exhilarating feeling of being part of rock ’n’ roll historical past.
Scott was raised in Memphis, Tennessee, and like many younger Memphis youngsters rising up within the ’50s, he was uncovered to all forms of music, together with gospel, blues, and rock ’n’ roll. He had music operating via his veins and so dropped out of school to pursue the radio profession that he longed for. To pay his tuition, he labored at an area movie show, the place he had the great fortune one night time to get to satisfy Elvis Presley – coincidentally Petty, too, set his sights on changing into a rock ‘n’ roll star when, as a toddler, 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 an area promo man within the mid-South, then as a regional promo man in Atlanta, and at last as head of nationwide album promotion in Los Angeles. Soon after, he was provided his dream job at MCA as head of nationwide album promotion.
He moved on to ABC Records, once more as nationwide head of 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.