Tuesday, October 31, 2017

the last book I ever read (Petty: The Biography by Warren Zanes, excerpt seven)

from Petty: The Biography by Warren Zanes:

Tony Dimitriades was born into a Greek Cypriot family that had transplanted to London. As a young man, he’d gone to see The Girl Can’t Help It, in order to “get a look at Jayne Mansfield’s boobs.” Despite his intentions, what stopped him in the film was Little Richard, “this guy at the piano, this primal thing that blew me away.” Those who are converted to rock and roll often have their epiphanies; this was Dimitriades’s. Years later, when Little Richard was officiating at Tom Petty’s marriage to Dana York, the student was able to share the story with the teacher, who was quick to tell him, “Jayne Mansfield’s boobs are the only reason I did that movie.”

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