The Petty Archives

Marilyn Beck's Hollywood: A New Direction
By Marilyn Beck
The Victoria Advocate - Friday, September 12, 1980

Tom Petty -- the handsome, blond, Southern lead of The Heartbreakers musical group -- is being paged by Universal to play a callow youth in "The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas." And as far as Tom is concerned, it's Damn the Torpedoes (as in the title of the hit LP that catapulted him to fame), full steam ahead.