Tommy Tutone









Tommy Tutone

s a rock band and it well known for their big hit in 1982 called, 867-5309/ Jenny. The record reached number 4 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart. The group was often referred to as one of those San Francisco Bands but they were actually based in Willits, California.Many people were calling the number as a prank and asking for Jenny because of the number. The number happened to be the Chief of Police in Buffalo’s daughter’s number in New York. The group had another Top 40 hit in 1980 which was called, Angel Say No. Some claim they were the one hit wonder but they actually had 2 hits.

The group was initially called Tommy and the Tu-Tones and later changed their name to just Tommy Tutone. Tommy Heath is the lead singer and not Tommy Tutone as some believed. Tommy Tutone is just the name of the band. Tommy Heath and Jim Keller formed the band in the late 1970's. Tommy was the lead vocalist and also played the keyboard. Jim Keller played lead guitar and supporting vocalist. Bass player Jon Lyons replaced the original bass player, Terry Nails, and was later replaced with Greg Sutton. Mona Grader, who was a member of Sammy Hagar’s band, Waborita, also played with the group. The original drummer, Mickey Shine Carberry, was replaced by Victor Carberry. Mickey Shine was the drummer on the first Elvis Costello album. Victor Carberry was replaced by Jerry Angel. Steve LeGassick who had been involved with the group off and on with the group finally joined the group and became a permanent member. Steve played the keyboard and synthesizer. Today Tommy Heath is a computer analyst and resides in Portland, Oregon.

In 2007 the group was back and signed a recording contract with the Spectra Records label. It seems that the group had 7 singles and albums combined. They were Angel Say No (1980), which reached number 38 on the Pop Singles chart, 867-5309/Jenny (1982) number 1 on Mainstream Rock, 867-5309/Jenny (1982) on the Pop Singles chart, Tommy Tutone (1980) number 68 on the Pop Albums chart, Tommy Tutone 2 (1982) was number 20 on the Pop Albums chart, and National Emotion in 1983. While the group had only a short successful career, they still had many fans. Their song 867-5309 will remain in the minds of many for a very long time. One can only guess as to whether the song targeted that number for a reason of if it was just chosen at random. Tommy probably knows but it is not known if he ever explained it or not. No matter how it came about, the song was indeed a hit.