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10. Tommy Tutone - 867-5309
A big American hit in 1982... I wasn't in American in 1982. I've never been to America. Maybe I heard Rick Dees or the Emperor Roscoe play it?
9. Hawkshaw Hawkins - Lonesome 7-7203
Hawkshank changes his number when his other half leaves because the only callers he gets are asking for her. He leaves his new number out there though... just in case that special lady ever wants him back.
Hawkshank died in the same plane crash that took Patsy Cline from us.
8. The Kinks - Long Tall Shorty (424-689)
Well, girls, if you get lonelyWhat a gentleman!
And your troubles will be over
I'll even give you back you dime
7. Squeeze - 853-5937
Could also have made it into my Top Ten Answering Machine Songs, but seemed more appropriate here.
Squeeze were shrunk down to microscopic size to record the video for this song inside an actual telephone.
6. The B52s - 6060-842
Tina finds this number scrawled on the wall of the lady's room. And she actually calls it. Serves her right if Fred Schneider answers. Phew - the number's been disconnected!
5. The Marvelettes - Beechwood 4-5789
You can call her up and have a date any old time. Alternatively, you could call Karen Carpenter on the same number.
4. AC/DC - Dirty Deeds Done Dirt Cheap (362436)
If you're havin' trouble with your high school headAC/DC, so the story goes, were sued by an American couple who were getting hundreds of prank calls as a result of "their phone number" being included in this song. But anyone calling was mishearing the lyrics of the song - hearing the "hey" as an "8" to complete the couple's actual phone number.
He's givin' you the blues
You wanna graduate but not in 'is bed
Here's what you gotta do
Pick up the phone, I'm always home
Call me anytime
Just ring: 362436, hey
I lead a life of crime
3. City Boy - 5705
If City Boy were from Birmingham (UK), why were they paying for their calls with a dime?
2. The Glenn Miller Orchestra - Pennsylvania 6-5000
If you don't already consider this a classic, I suggested you watch what it does to Leland Palmer in Twin Peaks...
1. Wilson Pickett - 634-5789 (Soulsville, U.S.A.)
If you need a little lovin', call up the Wicked Pickett - he'll be there as soon as he can.
Which one will you be calling next time you're lonely?