Rock N Roll Pantheon

Muses and Stuff EP 96: Jon Scott on Tom Petty

Dec. 28, 2018

It’s our last episode of 2018! And what a way to end they year. In today’s episode, we speak to Jon Scott, author of Tom Petty and Me: My Rock ‘n’ Roll Adventures with Tom Petty.

When Chanty received the e-mail about interviewing Jon, she couldn’t believe her good fortune. Being one of the biggest Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers fans out there, this is a dream interview. To speak with someone who played such a vital role in getting the Heartbreaker’s music out the public was special- but Jon Scott- is special.

Jon was born in Memphis, Tennessee, and was inspired to become a DJ because of his mothers’ love of music and requesting songs on the radio. From there, he went to work for RCA as a promo man. A promo person really does it all. When he moved to ABC records, he met Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers and so began a 40 year long friendship.

Jon tells recalls stories that are in the book (make sure you pick up a copy) and also tells the girls things that are not- so this is an episode not to be missed. Jon was so integral to Tom’s career, that Tom did a very rare thing- giving him a shout out at his last concert at the Hollywood Bowl. Jon Scott is the real deal.

Enjoy the show!

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