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"Mr. Telephone Man" is a 1984 song by
R&B/pop group, New
Edition, and the second single from their eponymous second
album, New Edition.
"Mr. Telephone Man" included lead vocals from Ralph Tresvant,
Bell and Bobby
Brown with a rap by Michael Bivins and was written for the
group by smooth R&B singer-songwriter Ray Parker,
The song discusses how the narrator tries reaching for his
girlfriend by phone but no one answers or "I get a click every
time" and tries in vain to ask the telephone operator to help him
out "Please operator, see what you can do, I dialed the right
number, but I still couldn't get through, could you check the line
one more time if you can, I'm pretty sure her phone won't be
answered by no man!" The single reached number twelve on the
Billboard Hot 100 singles chart, . and
was the group's third number-one single on the R&B charts.
Mixes included the instrumental and the "Extended Version".
Brown returned to perform this song with the group in a reunion
of the original group on the 1990 MTV Video Music Awards and again
rejoining the group at the BET 25th anniversary in 2005.
The song was covered by the girl group, Dream, for their 2001 debut album It Was All a
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