80s Song of the Day: 867-5309/Jenny by Tommy Tutone

867-5309/Jenny by Tommy Tutone was released November 16, 1981, with Not Say Goodbye as the B side. It was a single from the band’s album Tommy Tutone 2.

jennyThe song reached No. 4 on the Billboard Hot 100, but perhaps a larger footnote in pop culture history is the movement of prank phone calls it inspired to the number in the song’s title. If you grew up in the 80s and didn’t dial 867-5309 and ask for Jenny at least once, you clearly were not utilizing your rotary phone to its fullest capacity. Those who had the number in various area codes were flooded with calls. For instance:

  • In 1982, WLS radio obtained the number from a Chicago woman, receiving 22,000 calls in four days.
  • In 1982, Southwest Junior High School received up to two hundred calls daily asking for Jenny in area code 704.

Check out Wikipedia for a continuation of this list and, if you still can’t quite remember the phenomenon that was 867-5309 back in the early 80s, read this very cool 1982 People magazine article about it, complete with interviews with members of the band.