Tommy Tutone

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Tommy Tutone
Tommy Tutone 2017
Jimmy James (l), Tommy Heath (r)
Background information
OriginCalifornia, U.S.
GenresRock, pop rock, power pop, new wave
Years active1978–1984
LabelsColumbia/CBS Records
Spectra Records
MembersTommy Heath
Jimmy James
Steve Fister
Andy Gauthier
Past membersJohn Cowsill
Terry Nails
Jon Lyons
Mickey Shine
Victor Carberry
Jerry Angel
Jim Keller
Greg Sutton
Joe Lamond
Pete Costello
Mona Gnader

Tommy Tutone is a power pop band, known for its 1981 hit "867-5309/Jenny", which peaked at #4 on the Billboard Hot 100.


Tommy Heath and Jim Keller founded the band in 1978, with Heath acting as the lead vocalist and rhythm guitarist, also playing keyboards on occasion; Keller playing lead guitar and supporting vocals. Heath and Keller were the only constant members of Tommy Tutone during the band's heyday, and the lineup featured a rotating membership of bassists and drummers. Bassist Jon Lyons (original name Jonathan Lyons Terlep), who performed on "867-5309," replaced original bassist, Terry Nails. However, Lyons was soon replaced by Greg Sutton, later Pete Costello, and more recently Jimmy James. Mona Gnader, the bassist in Sammy Hagar's Waborita band, played with the band as well. Original drummer Mickey Shine (Clover and drummer on the first Elvis Costello album) was replaced by Victor Carberry for the band's second album. Carberry was in turn replaced with Jerry Angel. John Cowsill of The Cowsills played percussion (and sang) on "867-5309/Jenny."[1] From 2001-2010, the band has consisted of Heath, James, Greg Georgeson (guitar), Andy Gauthier (drums). Tommy Heath became a computer analyst and software engineer and moved to Portland, Oregon.[2][3] In 2007, the band signed a recording contract with Spectra Records.

In 2017 with the addition of Steve Fister (Steppenwolf, Lita Ford) on guitar, Jimmy James switched to drums and the band released the single "My Little Red Book".

Jim Keller went on to become the director of Philip Glass's publishing company, Dunvagen Music Publishers. [4] He still performs in New York City.


Studio albums[edit]

Year Album details Peak chart
1980 Tommy Tutone 68 82
1981 Tommy Tutone 2
  • Release date: September 23, 1981
  • Label: Columbia/CBS Records
20 44
1983 National Emotion
  • Release date: April 16, 1983
  • Label: Columbia/CBS Records
1996 Nervous Love
  • Release date: January 22, 1996
  • Label: Appaloosa Records
1998 Tutone.rtf
  • Release date: July 28, 1998
  • Label: Secret Disc Records
"—" denotes releases that did not chart


Year Single Peak chart positions Certifications
(sales threshold)
US Main
1980 "Angel Say No" 38 Tommy Tutone
1981 "867-5309/Jenny" 4 1 2 32 Tommy Tutone 2
1982 "Which Man Are You" 101
1983 "Get Around Girl" National Emotion
2017 "My Little Red Book"
"—" denotes releases that did not chart


  1. ^ John Cowsill Related Discography.
  2. ^ Staff (2012-08-08). "Where Are They Now? 1982's Biggest Pop Acts-Catch up with A Flock of Seagulls, Toni Basil, Tommy Tutone and more though". Rolling Stone. Retrieved 2017-03-15.
  3. ^ Wells, Shannon (2013-11-15). "Tommy Tutone leader finds there's life well after 'Jenny'". Portland Tribune - Pamplin Media Group. Retrieved 2017-03-15.
  4. ^ Baynes, Luke (2012-05-31). "Life after 'Jenny'". Williston Observer. Retrieved 2017-03-15.
  5. ^ "allmusic ((( Tommy Tutone > Charts & Awards > Billboard Singles )))". Allmusic. Retrieved October 15, 2010.
  6. ^ "Results - RPM - Library and Archives Canada - Top Albums/CDs". RPM. Archived from the original on December 22, 2015. Retrieved October 15, 2010.
  7. ^ a b "allmusic ((( Tommy Tutone > Charts & Awards > Billboard Singles )))". Allmusic. Retrieved October 15, 2010.
  8. ^ "Results - RPM - Library and Archives Canada - Top Singles". RPM. Archived from the original on December 22, 2015. Retrieved October 15, 2010.
  9. ^ " - New Zealand charts portal". Retrieved October 15, 2010.
  10. ^ "RIAA - Gold & Platinum - October 15, 2010: Tommy Tutone certified singles". Recording Industry Association of America. Retrieved October 15, 2010.

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