Tom Petty Trivia
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- 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.