Musical Artists with Local Connections

There's something about the Gainesville area that seems to breed and attract great musicians. We boast nine former residents who have been inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame: Tom Petty and four of his bandmates; Bo Diddley; Stephen Stills from Crosby, Stills, Nash (and sometimes Young); and two past members of the Eagles. We have also been home to many other notable musicians.

Tom Petty and the HeartbreakersMudcrutchBo's BluesHotel CaliforniaFlying Burrito BrothersDeja VuThe Marvelettes

We all know Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers, but have you ever heard of Mudcrutch? They were a precursor to the Heartbreakers.

Bo Diddley isn’t from here, but he moved here in the 1970s. This blues musician and early rock & roll pioneer spent time in Hawthorne and Archer before his death in 2008.

Two past members of the Eagles lived in Gainesville, Bernie Leaden, who moved here when he was 16 and went to Gainesville High School, and Don Felder. Don Felder was one of Tom Petty’s first guitar teachers, according to Wikepedia. Bernie Leaden also played in the country-rock band, the Flying Burrito Brothers.

Stephen Stills spent part of his youth in Gainesville, also attending Gainesville High School, before finding fame with Crosby, Stills, and Nash.

Gladys Horton was born in Gainesville before she founded the 60s girl group, The Marvelettes. Her band was nominated twice for induction into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame.

Sister HazelThe MotelsCharles BradleyBeverly CrawfordAgainst Me!

Some other notable former Gainesville area residents include Sister Hazel, Jeff and Marty Jourard of The Motels, soul singer Charles Bradley, gospel singer Beverly Crawford, and Laura Jane Grace of post punk band Against Me! I can't wait to see what our music scene brings us next!

Follow the links or click on the album covers to take you to our catalog. Place these CDs on hold for curbside pickup today. Some of these bands also have songs available for download on Freegal. You can download and keep up to 5 mp3 songs per week.


Posted by MelissaJ on September 28, 2020