Stan Lynch is credited as being the drummer on the Eurythmics single Sisters Are Doin' It For Themselves.
Stan Lynch is a highly respected musician, songwriter and producer, who has worked and collaborated with several of the most influential rock artists of the past two decades. Probably best known for having been the longtime drummer and founding member of Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers, Lynch has also toured the world with Bob Dylan, and written and produced songs for Don Henley, the Eagles, the Mavericks and many others.
Stan Lynch signs publishing deal with Sony/ATV Tree: (pictured from l-r): Lynch; Woody Bomar, Senior VP & GM, Sony/ATV Tree, and Arthur Buenahora, Senior Director of Creative Services & Production, Sony/ATV Tree.
In a recent interview, Lynch recalled some of his most memorable experiences, including his 2002 induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, and discussed his recent publishing contract with Sony/ATV Tree Music Publishing in Nashville.
As a teenager growing up near Gainesville, Fla., Lynch determined that he would find a way to make a living with music. As a kid I had very little opportunity. I was a marginal student. I wasnt going to college. My parents didnt have money.
I played guitar and piano, and I always thought I was going to be a guitar player, said Lynch. The drums were sort of a happy accident. I didnt really think that they would be my ticket out of the ghetto. Choosing to be a musician back then was not like choosing a job, but an entire lifestyle. My father looked at me as if I were going to wear a dress and dance in the circus.
Lynch joined the Heartbreakers in 1974, when he was recruited by Pettys piano player Benmont Tench. Although most of the band hailed from Gainesville, they didnt officially become the Heartbreakers until they came together in Los Angeles. It was just kind of an organic, nebulous way we all got back together again in California, he said.
During the twenty years that Lynch played with the Heartbreakers, he said he only contributed to the songs, but never co-wrote or collaborated with Petty. It was his music and his vision, said Lynch. It was called Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers for a reason.
By the early 90s, Lynch had begun to evolve away from the Heartbreakers. When I grew up, drummers were explosive, like buckets of bolts rolling downhill, he recalled. The drums for me were not really a discipline but more of an expression. After a while, drums became relegated to sort of just the timekeeper. It was a different job, and not a job I wanted to have. I began to think I was getting in the way more than anything, and it was time for me to step aside and let everyone get on with their lives and get what they needed. I was making the wrong noise. Theres a graceful time to walk away from anything.
However, Lynch said the experience gained from his time with the Heartbreakers was priceless. Tom is a really prolific songwriter and working around his sensibilities for so many years was a great learning curve. Seeing his process and how his songs morphed over the years was really a seminal experience for me, as was the couple of years I spent playing drums for Bob Dylan, who I went around the world with a couple of times. If you think youre ever going to try to be songwriter, go work with guys like that. Even if youre just going to shine Bobs shoes youd learn something.
I got to play on really great songs and that was part of the experience of being a drummer. What I learned is that its harder to play on crummy songs, said Lynch, who now, as a producer finds it necessary for musicians and songwriters to understand one anothers craft. Musicians sometimes think theyre just playing their instrument, when what theyre really doing is playing a song. It sometimes takes awhile for them to discover that. It took me about five years. Writers are a different breed. Ive sat on both sides of the glass now and its really been helpful. I feel sorry for songwriters who havent been in a band because