Damn the Torpedoes- by Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers was released on this day in 1979. This album, was the band's third album, and the first released by the Backstreet Records label, distributed by MCA records.

Music History Monday: October 19

Damn the Torpedoes– by Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers was released on this day in 1979. This album, was the band’s third album, and the first released by the Backstreet Records label, distributed by MCA records.

While this album is considered one of the group’s breakthrough albums, and the first album to break the top 10 on the Billboard 200 album chart (rising to #2), its creation was a little more tumultuous.

In 1979, Tom Petty’s contract was sold to MCA records and granted MCA the rights to all of Petty’s published work. Infuriated by this move, Petty declared bankruptcy in an act of retaliation and to also void the contract with MCA. The record company backed down and Tom Petty was able to renegotiate his contract; keeping all of his publishing rights, and creating the Backstreet Records label on which  Damn the Torpedos  was released.

Co-produced by Jimmy Iovine, the album produced two top 15 singles on the Billboard 100 chart, “Don’t Do Me Like That” (#10) and “Refugee” (#15) and was considered a major leap forward in production. In addition to the success of the singles, the album received overall rave reviews and is included in Rolling Stone‘s list of the 500 greatest albums of all time.

 

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