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Rank this week: 9 (↑22)
Duration: 1:58 
Release Date: 1977  (peterpuck9) 
Lyrics By: Meri Wilson (peterpuck9) 
Music By: Meri Wilson (peterpuck9) 
Produced By: Boomer Castleman & Jim Rutledge (sav-man) 
Released By: GRT (peterpuck9) 
Published By: Campbell Connelly and Co. (Tyro Arrgula) 
Licensing: ASCAP  #500268035 (Stavro Arrgolus) 
  • After some airplay in Texas, GRT Records picked the song up for national distribution and the rest is history. (sav-man)
  • It was rejected by at least seventeen companies, until Meri and her producers put it out independently in Texas. (sav-man)
  • Wilson was normally a serious singer in the Soft Rock/ballad vein, and did not think that this song could become a hit. (sav-man)
  • Meri Wilson admitted (reluctantly) that she really did date a "telephone man", and this song was based on that experience. (sav-man)
  • Reached #18 on the Billboard charts in August 1977. (sav-man)
  • Song Lyrics:
    Telephone Man
    Meri Wilson

    -Produced by Boomer Castleman and Jim Rutledge of "Bloodrock"

    I rented my apartment on a Monday at one
    A-singin' do lolly, lolly shicky bum, shicky bum
    Started movin' in it on a Tuesday at two
    A-singin' do lolly, lolly shicky do, shicky do
    Wednesday at three, I called the phone company, singin':
    "Hey baby, put a phone in for me"
    Thursday at four he came a-knockin' at my door, singin':

    "Hey, baby, I'm your telephone man
    You just show me where you want it and I'll put it where I can
    I can put it in the bedroom, I can put it in the hall
    I can put it in the bathroom, I can hang it on the wall
    You can have it with a buzz, you can have it with a ring
    And if you really want it, you can have a ding-a-ling
    Because-a hey baby, I'm your telephone man"

    Can you believe that? And then he says:

    "Now when other fellas call ya, tell 'em how it all began"

    Well...can you imagine?

    My heart began a-thumpin' and my mind began to fly
    And I knew I wasn't dealin' with no ordinary guy
    So while he was a-talking, I was thinkin' up my plan
    Then my fingers did the walkin' on the telephone man

    Singin' hey lolly, lolly
    Hey lolly, lolly
    Hey lolly, lolly
    Get it any way you can
    Right? Ha ha ha, so...

    I got it in the bedroom, and I got it in the hall
    And I got it in the bathroom, and he hung it on the wall
    I got it with a buzz, and I got it with a ring
    And when he told me what my number was, I got a ding-a-ling

    A-singin' hey lolly, lolly
    Hey lolly, lolly
    Hey lolly, lolly
    Just-a doin' my thing

    Ha, ha...I've never done anything like this before!
    (Tim P. Ryan)
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    Current Rating 9.5 (7 votes)
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      Online  -   -  02-22-07 09:48 AM  -  17 years ago
    It's been 29 years and I remember
    how much this song was exciting
    to us, a bunch of super active
    Now in 40 yo it takes me again to
    those sweet memories,
    that's great ....
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