Who is Dana York?
When the news of Tom Petty’s sudden death hit the world, millions of people were left in a state of gloom. He was “only” 66 years old when he left this world, but had accomplished so much. One of the stars of the rock world has left his children and the wife Dana York behind him – Dana was a high school principal, and later the manager and agent of Petty’s band.
So, do you want to find out more about Tom Petty’s second wife, from her childhood to the present day, including his personal life? If yes, then stay with us for a while, as we introduce you to Dana York.
Dana York Wiki, Age, Early Life, and Education
Dana York was born in Flint, Michigan US, but grew up in Flushing, Michigan, where she went to high school. There isn’t much information about her childhood, or her parents, and all we know is that her mother lives in Fenton, Michigan. She matriculated from high school in 1982, but there is no further information about her education, although considering her career, we can assume that she qualified in the field of education.
Career and First Meeting with Tom Petty
Dana worked in education primarily as a principal at the University High School in Ferndale, Michigan until the early 2000s, when she became the manager of Tom Petty and his band. Her main job was to secure and manage their performances, from small gigs to large concerts and tours. The two met for the first time in the early 1990s, at a concert in Texas; both Dana and Tom were married at the time, but sparks apparently flew almost immediately.
First Marriage, Divorce, and Marriage to Tom Petty
Fairly unknown until her marriage to Petty, Dana had a husband and a son from her previous marriage, but has decided to remain rather secretive on the important details about this failed relationship, including the name of her husband, though she has a son named Dylan from it.
Dana and Tom met each other again in the late 1990s, and in 2001 held a wedding ceremony. This was the second marriage for Tom as well, as he was married to Jane Benyo for more than 20 years, which ended disastrously with both of them developing drug addiction and depression.
Nevertheless, once he married Dana, Tom bounced back to his feet, started making music again and adopted Dana’s son Dylan. Unfortunately, Tom passed away on the 2nd October 2017.
Dana York’s Husband, Tom Petty
Now that we have covered all there is to know about Dana, let’s share some information about her husband, Tom Petty.
Born Thomas Early Petty on the 20th October 1950, in Gainesville, Florida USA, he was the son of Katherine ‘Kitty’ Petty, a local tax office worker, and Earl Petty, who worked in a grocery store. Firstborn, Tom was seven years older than his brother Bruce. At just ten years of age, Tom discovered his interest in rock ‘n’ roll, once he met Elvis Presley. Yes, Tom really knew Elvis; he was introduced to him on the shooting of the film “Follow That Dream”, on which his uncle was working. So he took up a guitar the next weekend, and from that moment on, hardly ever let it out of his hands until the day he died. He left high school at just 17 in order to play bass with his newly formed band, Epics.
Career Beginnings and Rise to Prominence
Epics soon became Mudcrutch, a southern rock band which helped Tom reached his full potential, and when it dissolved, Tom formed his new band, Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers, with whom he went on to achieve world fame. They released 13 studio albums, including “Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers” in 1976, which achieved gold status, then “Damn the Torpedoes” (1979), which achieved triple platinum in the US, “Into the Great Wide Open” in 1991, which achieved double platinum status, and the last album “Hypnotic Eye” (2014), which became their first No. 1 album on the US Billboard 200 chart.
In addition, Tom also released three solo albums – “Full Moon Fever” in 1989, which became one of his most successful albums, since it achieved five times platinum status in the US, and reached No. 3 on the US Billboard 200 chart, then “Wildflower” (1994), and “Highway Corruption” in 2006. All of these accomplishments made Tom a rock ‘n’ roll star.
Crawling Back To You | Philadelphia | July 2017 #riptompetty 📷: Andy Tennille Photography
Tom Petty Net Worth and Personal Life
Before Dana, Tom was married to his high school sweetheart Jane Benyo from 1974 until 1996, with whom he had two children, Adria and Annakim.
Tom did so much for music during his career; his albums have sold over 80 million copies, and he received a number of prestigious awards, including the keys to the city of Gainesville, and he and his band were inducted into the Rock ‘n’ Roll Hall of Fame in 2001. All of this contributed to his wealth, so have you ever wondered how rich Tom Petty was, at the time of his death? According to authoritative sources, it has been estimated that Petty’s net worth was as high as $95 million.