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Encyclopedia > Mike Campbell
Mike Campbell
Image:Mikecampbell.jpg
Born February 1, 1950
Genre(s) Rock
Affiliation(s) Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers, The Dirty Knobs
Years active 1974-present


Michael (Mike) Campbell (born February 1, 1950 in Panama City, Florida in the U.S.) is a guitarist and record producer, best known for his work with Tom Petty. Image File history File links Mikecampbell. ... Rock is a form of popular music from the mid 20th century which typically features a vocal melody (often with vocal harmony) that is supported by accompaniment of electric guitars, a bass guitar, and drums, often with a strong back beat. ... Tom Petty Thomas Earl Petty (born October 20, 1953 in Gainesville, Florida) is an American musician. ... February 1 is the 32nd day of the year in the Gregorian Calendar. ... 1950 (MCML) was a common year starting on Sunday (link will take you to calendar). ... Location in Bay County Coordinates: Country United States State Florida County Bay County Incorporated 1909 Mayor Lauren DeGeorge Area    - City 69. ... This article or section does not cite its references or sources. ... Motto: (Out Of Many, One) (traditional) In God We Trust (1956 to date) Anthem: The Star-Spangled Banner Capital Washington D.C. Largest city New York City None at federal level (English de facto) Government Federal constitutional republic  - President George Walker Bush (R)  - Vice President Dick Cheney (R) Independence from... A guitarist is a musician who plays the guitar. ... In the music industry, a record producer (or music producer) has many roles, among them controlling the recording sessions, coaching and guiding the performers, and supervising the recording, mixing and mastering processes . ... Thomas Earl Petty (born October 20, 1950) is a popular American musician, known for his album-oriented, classicist rocknroll. ...


Noted mostly for his longtime work as Tom Petty's lead guitarist, Campbell is also a successful producer and songwriter on his own. One of the quieter legends of rock, he was an excellent guitarist and perfect companion songwriter to Tom Petty's 'meat and potatoes' rock & roll style. Rock and roll (also spelled Rock n Roll, especially in its first decade), also called rock, is a form of popular music, usually featuring vocals (often with vocal harmony), electric guitars and a strong back beat; other instruments, such as the saxophone, are common in some styles. ...


Campbell graduated Ribault High School in Jacksonville, Florida in 1968 and quickly moved to pursue a career in music. At 16, he bought his first guitar, a cheap Harmony model, from a pawnshop. His first electric guitar was a $60 Goya. Like Tom, Mike drew his strongest influences from The Byrds and Bob Dylan, with additional inspiration coming from the following guitarists: Scotty Moore, Luther Perkins, George Harrison, Carl Wilson, Jerry Garcia, Roger McGuinn, Keith Richards, Brian Jones, Jimmy Page, Mick Taylor, "and on and on," Mike noted. The first song he learned to play was "Baby Let Me Follow You Down," a song which appeared on Bob Dylan's eponymous debut album. Motto: Where Florida Begins Location in the state of Florida Coordinates: Country United States State Florida County Duval Mayor John Peyton (R) Area    - City 2,264. ... Music is a form of art that involves organized and audible sounds and silence. ... The Byrds (formed in Los Angeles, California, in 1964) were an American rock band. ... Bob Dylan (born Robert Allen Zimmerman on May 24, 1941) is an American singer-songwriter, author, musician and poet who has been a major figure in popular music for five decades. ... Winfield Scott Scotty Moore III (born December 27, 1931 near Gadsden, Tennessee) is a legendary American guitarist and member of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. ... Luther Monroe Perkins (January 8, 1928 – August 5, 1968) was a country music guitarist reknowned for his work with Johnny Cash and their boom-chicka rhythmic style. ... This article or section does not cite its references or sources. ... Carl Dean Wilson (December 21, 1946 – February 6, 1998) was the youngest of the three brothers who made up the core of The Beach Boys. ... Jerome John Jerry Garcia (August 1, 1942 – August 9, 1995) was the lead guitarist and vocalist of the psychedelic rock band the Grateful Dead. ... James Roger McGuinn (born July 13, 1942) is an American singer-songwriter, who was born as James Joseph McGuinn III in Chicago, Illinois. ... Keith Richards (born 18 December 1943 in Dartford, Kent) is an English guitarist, songwriter, singer, and founding member of British musical group The Rolling Stones. ... Lewis Brian Hopkin Jones (28 February 1942 – 3 July 1969) was a founding member, lead and rhythm guitarist and backing singer in the English rock group, The Rolling Stones. ... James Patrick Jimmy Page, OBE (born January 9, 1944) is an English guitarist and producer. ... Michael Mick Kevin Taylor (born 17 January 1949 in Welwyn Garden City, Hertfordshire) is an English musician best known as the former lead guitarist for The Rolling Stones. ... Bob Dylan is the eponymous debut from American singer-songwriter Bob Dylan. ...


He formed a band named Dead or Alive which quickly disbanded. He first met Tom Petty through Mudcrutch keyboardist Benmont Tench who suggested that Mudcrutch needed a 2nd guitarist. In music, a band is a company of musicians, or musical ensemble, usually popular or folk, playing parts of or improvising a musical arrangement on different musical instruments. ... Benjamin Montmorency Tench III (born September 7, 1953, Gainesville, Florida) is an American keyboardist. ...

Campbell's autograph on a 1975 "Mudcrutch" 45.
Campbell's autograph on a 1975 "Mudcrutch" 45.

Mudcrutch moved to L.A. and signed a record deal with Shelter Records, recording an album in 1974 that ended up being shelved. Campbell then joined Tom Petty to found the original Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers in 1975 along with Tench, Ron Blair (bass guitar) and Stan Lynch (drums). Image File history File links Download high-resolution version (1056x972, 107 KB)This 1975 Mudcrutch record was autographed by Mike Campbell. ... Image File history File links Download high-resolution version (1056x972, 107 KB)This 1975 Mudcrutch record was autographed by Mike Campbell. ... Shelter Records was the record label started by Leon Russell and Denny Cordell. ... An album is a collection of related audio tracks distributed to the public. ... Tom Petty Thomas Earl Petty (born October 20, 1953 in Gainesville, Florida) is an American musician. ... Ron Blair, original bassist for Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers, was born on September 16, 1948 in San Diego, California. ... Martin EB18 Bass Guitar in flight case. ... Stan Lynch, now a full-time songwriter and producer, was the original drummer for Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers, enjoying 18 years with the band until his departure in 1994. ... For other kinds of drums, see drum (disambiguation). ...


Like the other players in the Heartbreakers, Mike avoids the virtuoso approach to playing, preferring to have his work serve the needs of each song. He belongs to an elite group of musicians. Guitar World magazine noted "there are only a handful of guitarists who can claim to have never wasted a note. Mike Campbell is certainly one of them". He is a highly melodic player, often using two or three-strings-at-a-time leads instead of the more conventional one-at-a-time approach. "People have told me that my playing sounds like bagpipes," he muses. "I'm not exactly sure what that means." His estimation of his own style is typically modest: "I don't think people can really top Jimi Hendrix and Eric Clapton as far as lead guitar goes. I like my playing to bring out the songs." Like Tench, he is heavily involved in constructing the arrangements for the Heartbreakers' tunes. And also like Tench, he prefers rawness to polish in the studio and onstage. Two issues of Guitar World featuring Jimmy Page, and Jimi Hendrix on the covers, and the accompanying CDs (May 2005, October 2005) Guitar World is a musical magazine. ... This article or section is not written in the formal tone expected of an encyclopedia article. ... An example of the famous Clapton is God graffiti craze Eric Patrick Clapton CBE (born March 30, 1945), nicknamed Slowhand, is a Grammy Award winning English guitarist, singer and composer, who is one of the most respected and influential musicians of the rock era, garnering an unprecedented three inductions into... Benjamin Montmorency Tench III (born September 7, 1953, Gainesville, Florida) is an American keyboardist. ... Benjamin Montmorency Tench III (born September 7, 1953, Gainesville, Florida) is an American keyboardist. ...


Campbell co-produced the Heartbreakers albums Southern Accents, Pack Up the Plantation Live!, Let Me Up (I've Had Enough), Into the Great Wide Open, She's the One, Echo, and The Last DJ, as well as Tom Petty solo albums Full Moon Fever, Wildflowers, and Highway Companion. Track Listing Rebels It Aint Nothin To Me (written by Tom Petty & David A. Stewart) Dont Come Around Here No More (written by Tom Petty & David A. Stewart) Southern Accents Make It Better (Forget About Me) (written by Tom Petty & David A. Stewart) Spike Dogs On The Run... // Track List Jammin Me (Petty, Campbell, Dylan) Runaway Trains (Petty, Campbell) The Damage Youve Done Itll All Work Out My Life/Your World (Petty, Campbell) Think About Me All Mixed Up (Petty, Campbell) A Self-Made Man Aint Love Strange How Many More Days Let Me Up... Into the Great Wide Open is an album by Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers that was released on July 2 1991. ... Edward Burns (born 29 January 1968) is an American actor, producer, and director. ... Echo is the name of several albums: Echo, 1969, by Dave Burrell Echo, 1994, by BeauSoleil Echo, 1996, by Francois Bourassa Echo, 1999, by Tom Petty Echo, 2003, by Ohm Guru This is a disambiguation page, a list of pages that otherwise might share the same title. ... The Last DJ is an album by Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers, first released in 2002 (see 2002 in music). ... It has been suggested that Free Fallin be merged into this article or section. ... Categories: Stub | Flowers ... Highway Companion is the third solo album by recording artist Tom Petty. ...


Outside the Heartbreakers, Campbell has co-written an array of songs including "The Boys of Summer" and "Heart of the Matter" (both with Don Henley). Other songwriting credits include songs for Blue Stingrays, Johnny Cash, Fleetwood Mac, Lone Justice, Roger McGuinn, Stevie Nicks, John Prine, Restless Sleeper, Patti Scialfa, Brian Setzer, J.D. Souther, The Williams Brothers and Robin Zander. He also produced four songs on Roy Orbison's Mystery Girl album and played guitar on The Wallflowers' "Sixth Avenue Heartache." [1] Donald Hugh Henley (born July 22, 1947 in Gilmer, Texas) is an American rock musician who is the drummer and one of the lead singers and songwriters of the band the Eagles. ... Johnny Cash (born J.R. Cash, February 26, 1932 – September 12, 2003) was an influential American country and rock and roll singer and songwriter. ... This article or section is not written in the formal tone expected of an encyclopedia article. ... Guitarist Ryan Hedgecock and singer Maria McKee, half-sister of Loves Bryan MacLean, formed Lone Justice in 1982. ... James Roger McGuinn (born July 13, 1942) is an American singer-songwriter, who was born as James Joseph McGuinn III in Chicago, Illinois. ... Stephanie Lynn Stevie Nicks (born May 26, 1948) is an American singer and songwriter, best known for her work with Fleetwood Mac and a long solo career, which altogether has produced over 20 Top 40 hits. ... Prine performing at the Hardly Strictly Bluegrass Festival in San Francisco, CA, October 3, 2004. ... 23rd Street Lullaby (2004) is produced by Keith Richards and the X-Pensive Wino s Steve Jordan. ... Brian Setzer (born April 10, 1959 in Massapequa, Long Island, New York) is an American guitarist, singer and songwriter. ... J.D. Souther, born John David Souther on November 3, 1945 in Detroit, Michigan and raised in Amarillo, Texas, is a singer-songwriter country rock singer and actor. ... Cheap Trick is an American rock and roll band from Rockford, Illinois that gained popularity in the late 1970s. ... Roy Kelton Orbison (April 23, 1936 – December 6, 1988), nicknamed The Big O, was an influential American singer-songwriter and a pioneer of rock and roll whose recording career spanned more than four decades. ... The Wallflowers are a rock band from Los Angeles, California, best known for the fact that lead singer, Jakob Dylan, is the youngest son of legendary singer-songwriter Bob Dylan. ...

Campbell performing live in Columbus, OH, June 2006
Campbell performing live in Columbus, OH, June 2006

Mike Campbell now still tours and works on albums with Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers and is involved with his side-band, The Dirty Knobs. "It's rougher-edged [than Petty's material]," Campbell says of his Knobs. "It's slightly over-driven, less polished, lots of Sixties influence—The Kinks, Zeppelin, the Animals. It's something I probably should have done a long time ago, but I didn't 'cause I was wrapped up in the Heartbreakers." Some Dirty Knobs material has been recorded and they have more songs at the ready, but they're not shopping for a deal and are content to work occasional club gigs in Los Angeles. Image File history File links Mike_campbell_06. ... Image File history File links Mike_campbell_06. ...


And also a Mike Campbell solo album won't be released any time soon. He shrugs off the idea and gives a well-reasoned reply: "I wouldn't want to do an all-instrumental album because I like the songs and I like to hear singers. In the Heartbreakers I've got a great writer and a great singer to work with on my songs. Where else would I be able to find anyone who could match Tom Petty?"


"All of us in the band are very single minded about music. It's all we know how to do, and we're pretty much helpless in any other realm of life. If someone took all the bucks away, we'd just starve! (laughs) We'd be totally useless to civilization! Really, I'm a musician and that's what I do. I don't know what else I could or would do," Mike said in a 1999 interview with fans on tompetty.com.


Tom Petty is still flattered by Mike's playing ability, and he will catch himself looking over at Mike while he's soloing, thinking, "God, how does he do this? When he does [a solo], it kind of races through my head, 'Boy I like that!' " (WXRT Chicago Sound Opinions radio interview, April 15, 2003)


External links

Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers
Tom Petty | Ron Blair | Mike Campbell | Howie Epstein | Stan Lynch | Benmont Tench
Steve Ferrone | Scott Thurston
Discography
Studio albums: Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers | You're Gonna Get It! | Damn the Torpedoes | Hard Promises | Long After Dark | Southern Accents
Let Me Up (I've Had Enough) | Into the Great Wide Open | Songs and Music from "She's the One" | Echo | The Last DJ
Tom Petty solo albums: Full Moon Fever | Wildflowers | Highway Companion
Tom Petty with Traveling Wilburys: Traveling Wilburys Vol. 1 | Traveling Wilburys Vol. 3
Compilations: Greatest Hits | Playback | Anthology: Through The Years
Live albums: Pack up the Plantation: Live! | Live at the Olympic: The Last DJ
Production
Jimmy Iovine | Robbie Robertson | Jeff Lynne | Rick Rubin | George Drakoulias

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Mike Campbell - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (925 words)
Michael (Mike) Campbell (born February 1, 1950 in Panama City, Florida in the U.S.) is a guitarist and record producer, best known for his work with Tom Petty.
Campbell graduated Ribault High School in Jacksonville, Florida in 1968 and quickly moved to pursue a career in music.
Mike Campbell now still tours and works on albums with Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers and is involved with his side-band, The Dirty Knobs.
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