Mr. Telephone Man
|"Mr. Telephone Man"|
|Single by New Edition|
|from the album New Edition|
|Released||November 28, 1984|
|Format||Cassette single, CD single, Vinyl single|
|Writer(s)||Ray Parker Jr.|
|Producer||Ray Parker Jr.|
|New Edition singles chronology|
"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 and was the group's 3rd number-one single on the R&B charts. Mixes included the instrumental and the "Extended Version".
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.
1. Mr. Telephone Man (Extended Version) — 6:30
2. Mr. Telephone Man (Instrumental) — 5:40
- Engineer — Taavi Mote
- Executive Producer — Jheryl Busby
- Producer — Ray Parker Jr.
- Remix — Louil Silas, Jr.
- Written by — Ray Parker Jr.
|Canada (RPM 100 Singles)||30|
|Netherlands (Mega Single Top 100)||47|
|New Zealand (Recorded Music NZ)||34|
|UK Singles (Official Charts Company)||19|
|US Billboard Hot 100||12|
|US Billboard Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Singles||1|
"Gotta Get You Home Tonight" by Eugene Wilde
|Billboard Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Singles number-one single
February 2, 1985 – February 16, 1985
"Missing You" by Diana Ross
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