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Did You Know...

...that Tom Petty shortened his name because "Tommy Petty" didn't look right on the record?

...that the concrete slab bearing Tom Petty's handprints, intended for a Gainesville Walk of Fame, eventually ended up sitting in a garage?

...that on the 4th of July, 1976, the air conditioning broke down during the recording of "American Girl"?

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"Well—it's self- respect, really. You have to believe in yourself to have something to stand for, something to offer—or nothin's gonna happen for you. It's the American ideal that you can achieve almost anything if you put your mind to it, that you can get what you want if you just want it enough and you're prepared to tough it out. Which is probably true—I think it's true, anyway."

- Tom Petty