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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