Jon Scott was born in Memphis, TN. Following his dreams, he became a DJ in 1967 at America’s most powerful rock station, WMC-FM 100.

In 1974, he realized another dream and went to work for MCA records as a promo man. The very first record that he was given to promote was from a band called Mudcrutch; a single named "Depot Street". Jon liked what he heard and got the record played at a station in Nashville. However, the label dropped Mudcrutch at that time and Jon moved on to do promotions for artists such as Lynyrd Skynyrd, The Who, Elton John, Steely Dan, John Mellencamp, Billy Thorpe, Jimmy Buffett and many others.

Along the way, he moved to ABC Records, where he met Tom Petty. Coincidentally, Tom had started out in Mudcrutch. The coincidences and serendipity with Tom and Jon did not end there as a series of events occurred that altered the careers of Jon as well as Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers.