Tom Petty Trivia

  • Tom Petty
    • Famous as : Rock musician
    • Birth Name : Thomas Earl Petty
    • Birth Date : October 20, 1950
    • Birth Place : Gainesville, Florida, USA
    • Spouse : Jane Benyo (26-Mar-74 - 9-Sep-96), Dana York (since 3-Jun-01)
    • Claim to Fame : Album "Damn the Torpedoes" (1979)


  • Provided the opening music on NBA Playoff and Finals broadcasts on ABC Sports and ESPN with the Heartbreakers in 2006.
  • "Damn the Torpedoes" was listed on #313 in Rolling Stone magazine's 500 Greatest Albums of All Time in 2003.
  • Got inducted to Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2002 together with the Heartbreakers.
  • The title of his third album with the Heartbreakers, "Damn the Torpedoes" was a reference to a famous quote made by Admiral David Farragut.
  • Single "The Waiting" with the Heartbreakers was featured on an episode of "The Simpsons" entitled "The Cartridge Family" during a scene in which Homer sits in his yard waiting to get his pistol.
  • His song made with the Heartbreakers entitled "Insider" featured guest vocal from Stevie Nicks of Fleetwood Mac.
  • Tracks "The Last DJ", "Money Becomes King", "Joe", and "Can't Stop the Sun" from album "The Last DJ" with the Heartbreakers attacked sharply on the greediness of the music industry.
  • The music video of "Mary Jane's Last Dance", a hit song made with the Heartbreakers, featured Kim Basinger as a corpse stolen by Petty which he dressed as a bride.
  • His single of "Free Fallin'" was covered by Stevie Nicks in her box set of "Enchanted: the Works of Stevie Nicks" while being sampled by Pimp C in "I'm Free."
  • Has his own show on XM Radio called "Buried Treasure."
  • Produced Del Shannon's album of "Drop Down and Get Me."
  • His birthday is also the anniversary of the deaths of Ronnie Van Zant and Steve Gaines of Lynyrd Skynyrd.
  • Was born on the same date and month as Viggo Mortensen and Snoop Dogg were.