Mr. Telephone Man
|"Mr. Telephone Man"|
|Single by New Edition|
|from the album New Edition|
|Released||December 8, 1984|
|Writer(s)||Ray Parker Jr.|
|Producer(s)||Ray Parker Jr.|
|New Edition singles chronology|
"Mr. Telephone Man" is a song by New Edition, and the second single from their eponymous second album, New Edition. Released as a single, by December 8, 1984, it was being added to the most "Hot Black" radio station playlists.
"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. Its sound is very similar to Parker's 1981 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 numba, 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 third number-one single on the Black Singles chart. 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.
- Ronnie DeVoe – background vocals
- Bobby Brown – lead and background vocals
- Ricky Bell – lead and background vocals
- Michael Bivins – background vocals
- Ralph Tresvant – lead and background vocals
- Jack Ashford – tambourine
- Sylvester Rivers – electric piano
- Sonny Burke – piano
|Canada Top Singles (RPM)||30|
|Netherlands (Single Top 100)||47|
|New Zealand (Recorded Music NZ)||34|
|UK Singles (Official Charts Company)||19|
|US Billboard Hot 100||12|
|US Billboard Hot Black Singles||1|
"Gotta Get You Home Tonight" by Eugene Wilde
|US Billboard Hot Black Singles number-one single
February 2, 1985 – February 16, 1985
"Missing You" by Diana Ross
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