Tom Petty left his native Gainesville for the West Coast on April Fool's Day, 1974, his then-band Mudcrutch having gone as far as they could go locally. They were signed by Shelter Records, and "Depot Street," credited to Thomas Petty, was their first release. Running to 3 minutes 26 seconds, it was produced by Denny Cordell.
It might be tempting to think this song is autobiographical, but although there is a Depot Lane in Gainesville, there is no Depot Street, and his father's name was not Mackintosh.
The B-side was another Petty composition, "Wild Eyes." The record was an unofficial promo release. In the US, depot is pronounced DEEP-oh; in the UK, DEPP-oh.
Suggestion credit: Alexander Baron - London, England, for all above