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Title: Recordings and songs that refer to a phone.
Post by: Brinybay on March 26, 2010, 05:05:20 AM
Just for the fun of it, how many can we find?  I came across this odd-ball one at a thrift store.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=il3w4V0WX0A (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=il3w4V0WX0A)
Title: Re: Chloe's on the phone.
Post by: bingster on March 26, 2010, 07:21:39 AM
Holy cow, I have that record, too.  :o

We're gonna have to find you a record player from the '40s or '50s, to save your records from the steel needles, though.  Yikes.
Title: Re: Chloe's on the phone.
Post by: Brinybay on March 26, 2010, 06:00:30 PM
The needles are designed to wear out after one play.  I'm not a vintage record collector, all of them I've acquired at thrift stores.  But yes, I'd like to get a half-way decent phonograph to play some of the better ones on.  The Victrola I got is for the 10s-30s sounds.
Title: Re: Chloe's on the phone.
Post by: Jim Stettler on March 26, 2010, 06:40:20 PM
I have seen some modern phonographs that use a hi-tech "needle. The sell for around $80. For about 300 you can get one that plays the record and burns it to CD.

These were at Target around Christmas.

Jim
Title: Re: Recordings and songs that refer to a phone.
Post by: Brinybay on March 26, 2010, 08:53:24 PM
The $80 one would be my choice.  $300 would get me a nice phone.  I've never owned an audio system because I don't listen to music that much at home, but always wanted an old working Victrola.  My first choice was one of those table-top models with the big horns, but found out they're are prohibitively expensive.

But, my intent with this thread was recordings/songs that refer to a phone, so I renamed it so as not to get off-topic.
Title: Re: Recordings and songs that refer to a phone.
Post by: bingster on March 26, 2010, 09:36:38 PM
You can also find sapphire-tipped, straight-shank needles that will add a measure of safety to playing records on an acoustic machine.  The main problem is the extreme weight of the tonearm and soundbox. 

Back to phone songs, how could we forget the most famous performance of this particular number?

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4HAjhtPZGDY
Title: Re: Recordings and songs that refer to a phone.
Post by: Bill Cahill on March 26, 2010, 09:43:31 PM
I have that record. Great song!
How about "My lady of the telephone" on Edison BA cylinder record?
"On the telephone, I can hear you.. And, it seems my own, that I'm near you...
You're as haunting as can be..
You are ever haunting me....
Even in my dreams you are calling,
with a voice that seems so enthralling..
And, I love but, you alone, my lady on the telephone!"
Bill Cahill  ;D
Title: Re: Recordings and songs that refer to a phone.
Post by: GusHerb on March 26, 2010, 09:50:31 PM
Here's the "phone related" song I know... That must be a 302 bell sound in there even though my 302 doesn't ring that pitch.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TaCLxyvcKiU
Title: Re: Recordings and songs that refer to a phone.
Post by: Brinybay on March 26, 2010, 09:57:57 PM
Here's the "phone related" song I know... That must be a 302 bell sound in there even though my 302 doesn't ring that pitch.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TaCLxyvcKiU

That's the one I was trying to remember!  I knew one of those big-band guys did a song with a phone number in it, but couldn't remember who.  I thought it was Benny Goodman.
Title: Re: Recordings and songs that refer to a phone.
Post by: AtomicEraTom on March 27, 2010, 07:15:03 AM
I think of three, but they're more recent.

Beechwood 4-5789 - The Marvelettes
Lonesome 7-7203 - Hackshaw Hawkins
As Soon as I hang up the phone - Loretta Lynn and Conway Twitty
Title: Re: Recordings and songs that refer to a phone.
Post by: Bill Cahill on March 27, 2010, 10:46:29 AM
Has anyone mentioned a big band favorite titled "Pennsylvania six-Three-Five Hundred"?
Bill Cahill
Title: Re: Recordings and songs that refer to a phone.
Post by: AE_Collector on March 27, 2010, 11:33:43 AM
Has anyone mentioned a big band favorite titled "Pennsylvania six-Three-Five Hundred"?
Bill Cahill

I think you mean Glenn Miller's Pennsylvania 6 Five Thousand. The phone number of the Hotel Pennsylvania in New York.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/PEnnsylvania_6-5000

Terry Biddlecombe
Title: Re: Recordings and songs that refer to a phone.
Post by: Dennis Markham on March 27, 2010, 12:00:36 PM
That is the song GusHerb posted in Reply #7 above (or below - whichever way you look at the forum).

Title: Re: Recordings and songs that refer to a phone.
Post by: bingster on March 27, 2010, 02:17:41 PM
Jim Reeves - He'll Have to Go.  Here's Jim singing the song in an actual phone booth.  

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TvlUrNRRE4E
Title: Re: Recordings and songs that refer to a phone.
Post by: Dennis Markham on March 27, 2010, 02:50:31 PM
Great song, Bingster.  I think someone posted that once before.  It's a golden oldie.

For you Parrot Heads here's Jimmy Buffett.  If the Phone Doesn't Ring.......

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=s6Oh7NVuwEk
Title: Re: Recordings and songs that refer to a phone.
Post by: McHeath on March 27, 2010, 11:23:05 PM
Here is perhaps the most famous song of my wasted youth with a phone reference, it's 867-5309 Jenny from Tommy Tutone:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/867-5309/Jenny (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/867-5309/Jenny)

or the actual song at:

http://www.80svideos.tv/play.php?vid=218 (http://www.80svideos.tv/play.php?vid=218)





Title: Re: Recordings and songs that refer to a phone.
Post by: Brinybay on April 20, 2010, 10:46:33 PM
Found another one today:

My Lady of the Telephone - One-Step. (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nnDFtwJALZQ)
Title: Re: Recordings and songs that refer to a phone.
Post by: Steve on April 21, 2010, 08:56:25 PM

bad audio version, but all I could find.

 
 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mRlbgi82tss
Title: Re: Recordings and songs that refer to a phone.
Post by: Steve on April 21, 2010, 09:00:13 PM

 This version's a bit better. :)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2pOl8MlVveA&feature=related
Title: Re: Recordings and songs that refer to a phone.
Post by: Brinybay on April 22, 2010, 12:43:58 AM

 This version's a bit better. :)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2pOl8MlVveA&feature=related

I don't get what the connection to telephones is on this song.   ???
Title: Re: Recordings and songs that refer to a phone.
Post by: Dan/Panther on April 22, 2010, 12:33:29 PM
Up here in the high desert we have a cactus that has a very hard stiff thorn, that I've read they used at one time for record player needles. I've picked them and they do work for about 2 songs, no record damage.
Next time I'm out with my camera I take a photo of one of the cacti to show you the thorns.

D/P
Title: Re: Recordings and songs that refer to a phone.
Post by: Brinybay on April 22, 2010, 12:50:40 PM
Up here in the high desert we have a cactus that has a very hard stiff thorn, that I've read they used at one time for record player needles. I've picked them and they do work for about 2 songs, no record damage.
Next time I'm out with my camera I take a photo of one of the cacti to show you the thorns.

D/P

That's not hard to believe, since there are wooden needles you can use on Victrolas.
Title: Re: Recordings and songs that refer to a phone.
Post by: Jim Stettler on April 22, 2010, 04:09:08 PM
Up here in the high desert we have a cactus that has a very hard stiff thorn, that I've read they used at one time for record player needles. I've picked them and they do work for about 2 songs, no record damage.
Next time I'm out with my camera I take a photo of one of the cacti to show you the thorns.

D/P
Somewhere I have a small envelope of "Kacti" brand catus needles for phonographs.
Jim
Title: Re: Recordings and songs that refer to a phone.
Post by: Jim King on December 15, 2010, 10:56:45 PM
Call Me - Blondie
Telephone Line - Electric Light Orchestra
Operator Jim Croce
Title: Re: Recordings and songs that refer to a phone.
Post by: Adam on December 15, 2010, 11:42:12 PM
There are currently three telephone related songs on my Music On Hold:

Telephone Line - Electric Light Orchestra
Don't Call Us, We'll Call You - Sugarloaf
Pennsylvania 6-5000 - Glenn Miller Orchestra

You can hear my Music On Hold if you're on the C*NET by dialing 1-798-6664.  (If you're not on the C*NET and would like to hear it, send me a private message and I'll send you an 800 number you can call.)
Title: Telephone Songs!
Post by: DavePEI on January 25, 2013, 03:40:57 PM
Meri Wilson - Telephone Man (1977):

http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=bTDzFUlrDYM

Sesame Street Telephone Rock:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fK30qJLeKPM

Telephone Love:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RP0je3iuA8Q

Love - The Red Telephone:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IzkAwCs5bnI

ELO Electric light orchestra - telephone line:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=INOFpALMOAY

R.L. Burnside & Johnny Woods - Telephone Blues:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZpdhGifeQEU

Rodney Crowell - Telephone Road:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FSU145Cr9So

Jimmy Little-Telephone to glory:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VZ-QsMYqzoY

Jamie Lidell - I Wanna Be Your Telephone (taken from Compass):

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GgM_V1j6CoI

Lady Gaga - Telephone (Clean Version):

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EVBsypHzF3U

BB King Telephone Song:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HvWImh5WHHo

Dave
Title: Re: Telephone Songs!
Post by: twocvbloke on January 25, 2013, 03:56:01 PM
Telephone and Rubber Band - The Penguine Cafe Orchestra:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RWZ4pve5Mkc

(The two tones used I think are "Exchange Busy" (Long-Short-Long-Short) and UK Ringing Tone)

Not much of a song about telephones, but they were used in the making of it... :D
Title: Re: Telephone Songs!
Post by: Mr. Bones on January 25, 2013, 06:17:43 PM
Phone Booth - Robert Cray
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6bupbE-i-IY

Long Distance Call - Muddy Waters
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z1gpDcc3FBI

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5VcGXHx8WwM
(Muddy Waters deserves two links!) 8)

867-5309 / Jenny - Tommy Tutone
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FkpGQUflBwU

Best regards,

Terrence


Title: Re: Telephone Songs!
Post by: old_stuff_hound on January 25, 2013, 06:49:16 PM
John Mooney -- Telephone King:
http://grooveshark.com/#!/search?q=Telephone+King

Title: Re: Telephone Songs!
Post by: Sargeguy on January 25, 2013, 08:50:26 PM
Operator by The Grateful Dead.  

Operator, can you help me, help me if you please.
Give me the right area code and the number that I need.
My rider left upon the Midnight Flyer,
Singin' like a summer breeze.

I think she's somewhere down South, down about Baton Rouge,
But I just can't remember no number, a number I can use.
Directory don't have it, central done forgot it,
I've gotta find a number to use.

Trying to check out her number, trying to run down her line.
Operator said that's priv'ledged information,
And it ain't no business of mine.
It's floodin' down in Texas, poles are out in Utah,
Gotta find a private line.

She could be hangin' 'round the steel mill,
Working in a house of blue lights.
Riding a getaway bus out of Portland, talking to the night.
I don't know where she's going, I don't care where she's been,
Long as she's doin' it right. Long as she's doin' it right.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Id0HUt4eNkU
Title: Re: Telephone Songs!
Post by: DavePEI on January 25, 2013, 09:15:33 PM
Here's the Off=topic part of it - nothing to do with phones, but probably my favorite of all songs:

Electric Night Orchestra Roll Over Bethoven:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HgcKhqlFz4Q

Dave
Title: Re: Telephone Songs!
Post by: Mr. Bones on January 25, 2013, 09:54:52 PM
Memphis, Tennessee - Chuck Berry
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KrbPlr4Ws

(Sorry for the telephone content!) ;)

Terrence
Title: Re: Telephone Songs!
Post by: Dennis Markham on January 25, 2013, 09:55:28 PM
We had a similar discussion back in March of 2010..............

http://www.classicrotaryphones.com/forum/index.php?topic=2410.15
Title: Re: Telephone Songs!
Post by: Mr. Bones on January 25, 2013, 10:16:04 PM
Dennis,

     Thanks for the link! I saw several really obvious ones that I not only grew up with, and love, but also have right here, on this very computer, that have not been brought up yet...

     I guess only wine gets better with age, eh? ;) And telephones, of course! ;D

Best regards!

Terrence
Title: Re: Telephone Songs!
Post by: Mr. Bones on January 25, 2013, 11:22:26 PM
      Since it's apparently safe to be off-topic, in an off-topic topic:(whew!), ;) May I present this for your consideration: ;)

      Any phone lover, of any age, should enjoy these. Especially those of us old enough to remember this day and age of telephony...(and humour). :D

     Scads more available on the www. Point and click. Laugh. Repeat. Ad infinitum. ;D

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k9e3dTOJi0o

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_QXImeSp8Xw

Best regards,

Terrence





Title: Re: Recordings and songs that refer to a phone.
Post by: Dennis Markham on January 26, 2013, 07:08:07 AM
Terrence, those are Classic clips.  I'm old enough to remember when her performance was on the Rowan & Martin Laugh-In show back int he late 60's.  Here's another discussion about those videos from 2011.  There may be more discussions here about her and the "phone company".

http://www.classicrotaryphones.com/forum/index.php?topic=5021.15
Title: Re: Recordings and songs that refer to a phone.
Post by: Mr. Bones on January 26, 2013, 03:13:23 PM
Terrence, those are Classic clips.  I'm old enough to remember when her performance was on the Rowan & Martin Laugh-In show back int he late 60's.  Here's another discussion about those videos from 2011.  There may be more discussions here about her and the "phone company".

http://www.classicrotaryphones.com/forum/index.php?topic=5021.15

Dennis,

     Glad you enjoyed them as much as I did.

     I, too, remember watching Rowan & Martin Laugh-in, among others, when they were new. ("Verrrrrrrrryyyy Interrrressstink!") ;)

     I found another link that has 6 tracks of the original LP, "This is a Recording"; I hope everybody has a good laugh!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?NR=1&v=G0l9fE2RAj8&feature=endscreen

     Best regards,

Terrence
Title: Re: Recordings and songs that refer to a phone.
Post by: david@london on November 30, 2013, 07:48:16 PM
this is a song which deals with phonecalls in genaral, by ruben & the jets..............http://tinyurl.com/paru4b9
Title: Re: Recordings and songs that refer to a phone.
Post by: Doug Rose on November 30, 2013, 08:11:22 PM
        
"Under My Wheels" Alice Cooper

The telephone is ringing you got me on the run I'm driving in my car now anticipating fun

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=19Df_ysnobc
Title: Re: Recordings and songs that refer to a phone.
Post by: twocvbloke on February 28, 2014, 12:18:31 AM
Thought it was about time to add another track;

Foreigner - Love on the Telephone:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-vKzVAm28wI
(Better versions are available elsewhere (especially on vinyl!!), like on Spotify... ;D )

I've rather gotten into Foreigner recently, mostly due to Grand Theft Auto 5 having "Dirty white boy" on one of the in-game radio stations, and just for the heck of it, here's Dirty white boy too:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4oRkuo2Wp7E

 ;D
Title: Re: Recordings and songs that refer to a phone.
Post by: Scotophor on April 02, 2014, 02:43:12 AM
Young Lust - Pink Floyd (has actual recording of conversation with operator attempting to complete call)
Chantilly Lace - J.P. "The Big Bopper" Richardson (lyric is mostly one side of a telephone conversation)
Title: Re: Recordings and songs that refer to a phone.
Post by: Dave F on March 09, 2015, 04:55:06 PM
Here is a rare Classic:  Jimmie Dodd (of the Mouseketeers) singing The Telephone Song, circa 1956.

Because the Forum does not allow direct uploads of MP3 files, I have inserted it into this ZIP file.  Simply download the ZIP, extract the MP3, and enjoy!

DF

Title: Re: Recordings and songs that refer to a phone.
Post by: NorthernElectric on March 09, 2015, 06:53:53 PM
I read through and a lot of the ones I thought of were already posted, but I came up with a couple...

Kraftwerk's The Telephone Call (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lOEXDjuazXE)
Sort of an 'unplugged version of Sylvia's Mother (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UPrixYOTNHw).
Wilson Pickett's 634-5789 (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=My2apquxKKQ)
The Flying Burrito Brothers' Christine' Tune (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BITiY8M_oDo)
(about 2/3 through: 'Her number always turns up in your pocket; Whenever you are looking for a dime;  It's allright to call her...')

The Orlons - Don't Hang Up (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oCTvXHtxtaM)
Title: Re: Telephone Songs!
Post by: electric al on March 09, 2015, 08:54:51 PM
Operator by The Grateful Dead. 

Operator, can you help me, help me if you please.
Give me the right area code and the number that I need.
My rider left upon the Midnight Flyer,
Singin' like a summer breeze.

I think she's somewhere down South, down about Baton Rouge,
But I just can't remember no number, a number I can use.
Directory don't have it, central done forgot it,
I've gotta find a number to use.

Trying to check out her number, trying to run down her line.
Operator said that's priv'ledged information,
And it ain't no business of mine.
It's floodin' down in Texas, poles are out in Utah,
Gotta find a private line.

She could be hangin' 'round the steel mill,
Working in a house of blue lights.
Riding a getaway bus out of Portland, talking to the night.
I don't know where she's going, I don't care where she's been,
Long as she's doin' it right. Long as she's doin' it right.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Id0HUt4eNkU


  How about ,   Memphis Tennessee   by Chuck Berry !


Title: Re: Telephone Songs!
Post by: Brinybay on March 10, 2015, 01:25:39 AM

  How about ,   Memphis Tennessee   by Chuck Berry !

How about it?  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ft2MbCpmYUI (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ft2MbCpmYUI)
Title: Re: Recordings and songs that refer to a phone.
Post by: Bridie on October 21, 2015, 08:05:46 AM
My first thought was 'Telephone Line' by ELO but saw that was already mentioned a couple of times, so here's mine:


853-5937 by Squeeze (contains some old film footage of operators and vintage phones):


https://youtu.be/Rk0iT7egdd4?list=RDRk0iT7egdd4:



Title: Re: Telephone Songs!
Post by: Brinybay on October 21, 2015, 11:47:04 AM
Memphis, Tennessee - Chuck Berry
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KrbPlr4Ws

(Sorry for the telephone content!) ;)

Terrence

The link is dead, here's a list of various Youtube clips.  https://www.youtube.com/results?search_query=memphis+tennessee+chuck+berry
Title: Re: Recordings and songs that refer to a phone.
Post by: tallguy58 on October 21, 2015, 09:58:34 PM
Don't Call Us, We'll Call You" by Sugarloaf

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=i4njPe2_rho
Title: Re: Recordings and songs that refer to a phone.
Post by: electric al on October 21, 2015, 10:25:01 PM
  Lonesome 77 203  Hawkshaw Hawkins !

https://youtu.be/FUHqM3j7n5Y

Many years ago when I used to play in a country band , this was one of the songs I sang !

I was not the lead singer , just the bass player !
Title: Re: Recordings and songs that refer to a phone.
Post by: ThePillenwerfer on August 28, 2017, 04:21:22 PM
Ansaphone by Pulp.  A bit obscure as it was a B-side on one version of the CD-Single of Disco 2000: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BBLQNZUbdAc

Sex Talk by T'Pau: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8FNiOmSyv3k

Landslide of Love by Transvision Vamp: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eF05qNEc-dI

A New England by Kirsty MacColl: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Vnzpg5GgQCo

Ring, Ring by Mika: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J5J-IWxGTwo
Title: Re: Recordings and songs that refer to a phone.
Post by: Fushigi Ojisan on April 21, 2018, 11:45:01 PM
I'm going to cheat

http://www.vulture.com/2015/10/30-best-pop-songs-about-telephone-drama.html

Couldn't find an anime song on short notice, but apparently there is a Japanese schoolkids telephone song sung to "London Bridge is Falling Down" with the following lyrics  (note:  the "u"  at the end of a word is silent)

Moshi moshii ano ne
ano ne
ano ne
moshi moshi ano ne
ah so desu ka.

Chotto matte kudasai
kudasai
kudasai
chotto matte kudasai
ah so desu ka.

Arigato gosaimasu
gosaimasu
gosaimasu
arigato gosaimasu
ah so desu ka.

Props to these guys
https://www.mamalisa.com/blog/looking-for-a-japanese-song-about-friends-talking-on-a-telephone/