Tom Leadon, Mudcrutch Co-Founder, Useless at 70
Tom Leadon, a co-founding member of Tom Petty’s unique band Mudcrutch, has died on the age of 70.
“It’s with nice disappointment, however profound love and gratitude for his life, that the household of Tom Leadon Nashville, Tennessee and Gainesville, Florida, announce his passing on March 22, 2023 peacefully of pure causes,” learn a press release posted by his brother, Mark Leadon, on Fb.
In a tribute submit, Mudcrutch bandmate Mike Campbell mentioned Leadon “was my deepest guitar soul brother, we spent numerous hours taking part in acoustic guitars and instructing one another issues. “A kinder soul by no means walked the earth. I’ll all the time miss his spirit and generosity. Sleep peacefully, my outdated good friend.”
Within the late Sixties, Leadon fashioned Mudcrutch along with his Gainesville, Florida neighbor, Tom Petty. With Leadon on guitar and Petty on bass, the group’s lineup was rounded out by Randall Marsh on drums and Mike Campbell on guitar.
Leadon departed Mudcrutch in 1972 and moved to Los Angeles, following within the footsteps of his older brother, Bernie, who was a founding member of The Eagles. He subsequently fashioned the band Silver, greatest identified for his or her track “Wham Bam,” and performed bass in Linda Ronstadt’s band. Leadon finally relocated to Nashville, the place he grew to become a guitar trainer.
In 2007, Petty reformed Mudcrutch with Leadon, Campbell, and Marsh, together with Benmont Tench. They launched a self-titled album in 2008, which they adopted up with Mudcrutch 2 in 2016. In addition they toured sporadically up till Petty’s dying in 2017.
Tom Leadon was my deepest guitar soul brother, we spent numerous hours taking part in acoustic guitars and instructing one another issues.
A kinder soul by no means walked the earth.
I’ll all the time miss his spirit and generosity.
Sleep peacefully my outdated good friend.
— Mike Campbell // The Soiled Knobs (@MikeCampbellHQ) March 27, 2023