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Jon Scott was always a risk taker, and probably still is. My cousin, Jon was the top DJ at FM 100 in Memphis in the late 1960s and early 70s while I was going to Memphis State U. Toward the mid 70s he left the radio stations to pursue his dream, discovering and promoting new music and artists. He went on to work for MCA and ABC Records as well as others. He didn't play or sing himself, but always had a keen ear for what should be a hit record on radio. He truly loved and lived for music. (and still does) Jon is the man who broke Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers into big radio pop music. The timing was critical since Tom and the Heartbreakers were about to be dropped from ABC and forgotten. Jon literally called nearly every rock station in the USA to push hard and do everything possible to get them air play, after they hadn't done much in the charts for a year. Jon got them up and running and going and the rest is history. Tom P and the HB had a long and successful career. After Tom died Jon wrote a book about Tom and the band plus his own career which reads like a fable in many places. Among his friends that he helped were John Mellencamp, Lynyrd Skynard, Tom, and even Steely Dan as well as many others. A good chunk of American rock and roll history is all in this book. Jon asked me if I would like to spread the word about the book and I said I would be glad to do so. I'll try to sell as many as possible. Are you interested?
Just message me here on IG and I'll tell you the best way to do it.
And be serious! Please, no spammers or abusers or misusers. Just people who may be actual fans of Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers and would like to know more about their beginnings, career and history. Tom was really a great songwriter. For all the ones I've heard I am a fan too.
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