Connect with us

David Lee Roth releases cover for Tommy Tutone’s hit “867-5309/Jenny”

David Lee Roth

Classic Rock

David Lee Roth releases cover for Tommy Tutone’s hit “867-5309/Jenny”

During the past years the original Van Halen vocalist David Lee Roth has been releasing many new songs that were recorded recently or previously unreleased. His most recent one is really a song that probably no one could guess that he would one day cover it. It’s a cover of Tommy Tutone’s 1981 hit single “867-5309/Jenny”.


However, he used a different title, naming “Jenny Jenny (That telephone song)”. Although it’s really a faithful cover to the original song, it has an acoustic vibe.

Hear the David Lee Roth cover for Tommy Tutone’s “867-5309/Jenny”

The song

Formed in California back in 1978 the band Tommy Tutone released their self-titled debut album two years later in 1980 but their success really came with the song “867-5309/Jenny” from their second album “Tommy Tutone 2” released in 1981. It became their most famous song by far, which makes the band often be called a “one hit wonder” since it peaked at number 4 on the United States Billboard Hot 100 and they never were able to reproduce that success with their other releases.

Curiously, the song was written by a songwriter called Alex Call with the help of Jim Keller, guitarist of Tommy Tutone. But after 40 years of existence that song continues to be played around the world and make people curious about what is the origin of that specific phone number 867-5309.

There are many myths around the origin of that number and some say that Jenny really existed and the number was on a wall but none of that is true. It was something invented by the person in charge for the public relations of the record company who told the band to tell a story like that. It was the songwriter Alex Call who came up with most of the song, including the number. He was sitting in his backyard one day trying to write a song when that number came up. You can read more about that story in this article.

I'm a Brazilian journalist who always loved Classic Rock and Heavy Metal music. That passion inspired me to create Rock and Roll Garage over 6 years ago. Music has always been a part of my life, helping me through tough times and being a support to celebrate the good ones. When I became a journalist, I knew I wanted to write about my passions. After graduating in journalism from the Pontifical Catholic University of Minas Gerais, I pursued a postgraduate degree in digital communication at the same institution. The studies and experience in the field helped me improve the website and always bring the best of classic rock to the world! MTB: 0021377/MG

To Top