Born In The USA

Released on June 4, 1984, some call it one of the greatest albums ever.

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Hard Promises

The waiting is the hardest part
Every day you get one more yard
You take it on faith, you take it to the heart
The waiting is the hardest part …

The Waiting, Tom Petty and The Heartbreakers

Tom Petty and The Heartbreakers release Hard Promises on May 5, 1981.

This is the album that TP got into it with his record label. MCA wanted to list the album under their “superstar pricing” which was $1 more than normal. TP said “no .. that’s not fair to our fans.”

The delay went on for months, the label threatened to sue, the music public rallied behind Petty and MCA finally relented. The fact that the album cover features TP in a record store was not lost on anyone, most of which, fans of The Heartbreakers.

The stuff of legends.

Source: The waiting is the hardest part … – You Can’t Make This Stuff Up

Full Moon Fever 

You can stand me up at the gates of hell
but I won’t back down …

I Won’t Back Down, Tom Petty

The debut solo album from Tom Petty is released on April 24, 1989.

Between some battles with his record label and a bit of hard feelings within The Heartbreakers (Mike Campbell and Benmont Tench did work on the album,) the album had a rocky road to its release. It ends up a multi-platinum album with a gaggle of classic TP hits.