Song of the Day 9/30

Posted: September 30, 2011 in J.C. Personal
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Today’s song title is quite possibly the most famous telephone number in the world thanks to Tommy Heath and Jim Keller. Peaking at number 4 on the Billboard Hot 100 in 1982, 867-5309/Jenny began a fad of people calling the telephone number and asking for Jenny (come on, you’ve dialed it).

Many people believe that Tommy Tutone is the name of the singer of the song, but is it, in fact, the name of the band that was based out of Willits, California. Tommy Heath is the singer. The original band name, Tommy and the Tu-tones was changed.
Alex Call, co-songwriter said that there is no “Jenny” and that the phone number was completely made up, however, Heath claims that the number is real and belonged to a girl he knew.

Jenny has been covered by several different artists, including Everclear, Foo Fighters, Less That Jake, Mötley Crüe, Green Day, Bracket and the Goo Goo Dolls. The song has even been covered by gay writer and musician Mark Weigle, but he did change the name from Jenny to Jimmy.

The number seems to cause problems, no matter the area code. Brown University owned the telephone number in the 401 area code in 2002, but transferred it to a local plumbing and heating company who attempted to trademark the number. In 2006, Benjamin Franklin plumbing began using a toll free version of the number. The company who trademarked the number filed suit. Benjamin Franklin was ordered to stop using is, but is remains a way to contact Benjamin Franklin Plumbing’s customer service.

The song is the singer’s fantasy of who Jenny could be to him. He did, after all, find her number on a bathroom wall, but he insists that he isn’t like the other guys that have called. If you think about it, the whole thing is a bit disturbed with lyrics like “I need to make you mine” and “You don’t know me but you make me so happy”.

Who’s to say what happened after that phone call, but one thing is for sure, we will never forget that phone number and it’s hard to even say the numbers without the tune springing to mind.

Special thanks to the 80s for giving us so many great one-hit-wonders.

See ya on the “b” side


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