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The Religious Affiliation of Rock Musician
of Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers
Stan Lynch was Jewish.
From: "Tom Petty and The Heartbreakers" article on "The Challah Fame: Who's Who in Jewish Rock" website (http://www.jewsrock.org/index.cfm?fuseaction=challah.view&page=T; viewed 23 November 2005):
Tom Petty's backing band the Heartbreakers may seem awfully goyish, but the drummer takes a menorah with him on every concert tour. (Well, if it's menorah season.) Stan Lynch began to play drums as an adolescent in Florida. On occasion, he would fill in behind the kit of a local band, Mudcrutch, led by a kid named Tom Petty. When Petty got signed in 1975, Lynch and some friends from Florida became his backing band, eventually playing on hits like "American Girl" (1976), "I Need to Know" (1978), and "Don't Do Me Like That" (1979). In 1982, the band gained another Jewish member, Howie Epstein, who played bass for the Heartbreakers for twenty years before his untimely death, of a heroin overdose, in 2003.
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