On This Day, October 19, 1979…
Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers released their third album, Damn the Torpedoes.
The record became their first top 10 album, peaking at #2. It featured the band’s first top 20 singles, “Don’t Do Me Like That,” which peaked at #10 and “Refugee,” which peaked at #15. Two other songs, “Here Comes My Girl” and “Even the Losers,” went on to become Petty classics.
The album’s title is a reference to an apocryphal quote by Admiral David Farragut, who, during a Civil War battle in 1864, allegedly said, “Damn the torpedoes, full speed ahead!”
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