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867-5309: Jenny, I want your number!



Who wants to buy the 867-5309 phone number made famous by Tommy Tutone? I'm telling you, if I could raise the cash, that'd be the official number for Stuck in the '80s.


The infamous number for the fictional "Jenny" is up for sale on eBay. Spencer Potter, a New Jersey-based DJ, is selling his 201 area code version of the number (after receiving permission to do so from Vonage). Right now, bids are up to $5,600. The auction ends Feb. 9.

"This is really, in my opinion, one of the last cultural remnants of the '80s pop culture era ... other than the mullet," Potter told He gets about 40 calls a day, most from " '80s fanatics."

Tommy Tutone's song was a Top 10 hit back in 1982. And contrary to popular belief, there is no person named Tommy Tutone. The lead singer is actually Tommy Heath. When the band got started, they were Tommy and the Tu-Tones and was later shortened for practical reasons. The band plays on today, but 867-5309/Jenny remains their signature hit with fans.

"Even if they can't get the numbers," Heath says on the band's website, "they tell me that was their personal anthem of the '80s."

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[Last modified: Wednesday, June 9, 2010 2:43pm]


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