Stan Lynch

Stan Lynch (of the original Tom Petty and the Heartbreakerrs) performs with Sister Hazel at the Phillips Center for the Performing Arts at the University of Florida in Gainesville Florida on September 18, 2009. Photo by John Davisson

Stan Lynch is an American musician, songwriter and record producer. He was the original drummer for Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers for 18 years until his departure in 1994.

Acts Lynch has produced include The Band, Eagles, Don Henley, Jackopierce, Joe 90, Scotty Moore, and Sister Hazel.

As a songwriter, he has co-written with or written for numerous acts, including Matraca Berg, Meredith Brooks, The Fabulous Thunderbirds, The Jeff Healey Band, James House, June Pointer, Eddie Money, Toto, Tora Tora, Sister Hazel, Ringo Starr and the Mavericks.

Tim McGraw recorded “Back When”, a song Stan Lynch wrote with Stephony Smith and Jeff Stevens, for his album Live Like You Were Dying. The song went to No. 1 in early December 2004. Lynch did reunite with his former bandmates in 2002 when they were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, playing “American Girl” and “Mary Jane’s Last Dance”.

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