Mr. Telephone Man

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"Mr. Telephone Man"
Single by New Edition
from the album New Edition
Released November 28, 1984
Format Cassette single, CD single, Vinyl single
Recorded June 1984
Genre Pop
Length 3.58
6.30 (12')
Label MCA
Writer(s) Ray Parker, Jr.
Producer(s) Ray Parker, Jr.
New Edition singles chronology
"Cool It Now"
(1984)
"Mr. Telephone Man"
(1984)
"Lost in Love"
(1985)

"Mr. Telephone Man" is a 1984 song by New Edition, and the second single from their eponymous second album, New Edition.

Overview[edit]

"Mr. Telephone Man" included lead vocals from Ralph Tresvant, Ricky Bell and Bobby Brown with a rap by Michael Bivins and was written by Ray Parker, Jr. The song was originally recorded by teenage singer Junior Tucker, who included the song on his self-titled debut album on Geffen Records in 1983. It is almost exactly the same song as Parker's earlier hit "A Woman Needs Love". He also produced the original version as well as the cover by New Edition.

The song discusses how the narrator tries reaching for his girlfriend by phone but no one answers or "I get a click every time" and tries in vain to ask the telephone operator to help him out "Please operator, see what you can do, I dialed the right number, but I still couldn't get through, could you check the line one more time if you can, I'm pretty sure her phone won't be answered by no man!" The single reached number 12 on the Billboard Hot 100 singles chart[1] and was the group's third number-one single on the Black Singles chart. Mixes included the instrumental and the "Extended Version".

Aftermath[edit]

Brown returned to perform this song with the group in a reunion of the original group on the 1990 MTV Video Music Awards and again rejoining the group at the BET 25th anniversary in 2005.

The song was covered by the girl group Dream for their 2001 debut album, It Was All a Dream.

"Mr. Telephone Man" was sampled in 2 Chainz' song "I Luv Dem Strippers" featuring Nicki Minaj, taken from his 2012 debut album Based on a T.R.U. Story.

Track listing[edit]

1. Mr. Telephone Man (Extended Version) – 6:30

2. Mr. Telephone Man (Instrumental) – 5:40

Personnel[edit]

  • Engineer – Taavi Mote
  • Executive Producer – Jheryl Busby
  • Producer – Ray Parker, Jr.
  • Remix – Louil Silas, Jr.
  • Written by – Ray Parker, Jr.

Chart performance[edit]

Chart (1984–1985) Peak
position
Canada Top Singles (RPM)[2] 30
Ireland (IRMA)[3] 20
Netherlands (Single Top 100)[4] 47
New Zealand (Recorded Music NZ)[5] 34
UK Singles (Official Charts Company)[6] 19
US Billboard Hot 100[1] 12
US Billboard Hot Black Singles[1] 1
Preceded by
"Gotta Get You Home Tonight" by Eugene Wilde
US Billboard Hot Black Singles number-one single
February 2, 1985 – February 16, 1985
Succeeded by
"Missing You" by Diana Ross

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c "New Edition – Awards". AllMusic. All Media Network. Retrieved June 23, 2013. 
  2. ^ "Top RPM Singles: Issue 0500." RPM. Library and Archives Canada. Retrieved July 23, 2013.
  3. ^ "The Irish Charts – All there is to know". Irishcharts.ie. Retrieved July 23, 2013. 
  4. ^ "Dutchcharts.nl – New Edition – Mr. Telephone Man" (in Dutch). Single Top 100. Retrieved July 23, 2013.
  5. ^ "Charts.org.nz – New Edition – Mr. Telephone Man". Top 40 Singles. Retrieved July 23, 2013.
  6. ^ "Archive Chart: 1985-03-23" UK Singles Chart. Retrieved July 23, 2013.

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