Jenny don’t change your number … (Tommy Tutone hits at 4 with 867-5309 in 1982)

Quite a few people asked to have their telephone number changed thanks to the success of one pop song in the 1980s.

On Jan. 23, 1982, “867-5309/Jenny” by Tommy Tutone entered the Billboard Hot 100 at #88. The new wave song would become a Top 10 hit, peaking at #4, and it would generate tens of thousands of telephone calls across multiple area codes in the United States.

Tommy Tutone was founded in California by Tommy Heath on vocals and Jim Keller on guitar (originally called Tommy and theTu-tones).

Keller co-wrote “867-5309/Jenny” with Alex Call,who came up with a guitar riff, the name Jenny and the fictitious telephone number. They worked out the song to completion in about 20 minutes according to Call.

“867-5309/Jenny” rode the US singles charts for 40 weeks before falling off. The single went to #2 in Canada and #32 in New Zealand.

The music video, however, is kind of creepy …

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