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Meri Wilson

Best-known for her saucy 1977 pop smash "Telephone Man," singer Meri Wilson was born June 15, 1949, in Nagoya, Japan. The product of a military family, she attended the Indiana University of Music before earning her master's degree in music theory from Georgia State University. After an automobile accident forced her to spend several months in a body cast, Wilson spent the downtime writing songs, and after recovering began performing at the Underground Atlanta club; when the owner of the Dallas restaurant chain Daddy's Money heard her perform, he was so impressed that asked her to relocate to his hometown, where she also appeared at dinner clubs including Arthur's and Papillion. At the same time, Wilson worked as a model and sang on a number of advertising jingles. She eventually caught the attention of former Bloodrock vocalist Jim Rutledge, who in turn introduced her to producer Owen "Boomer" Castleman. For Castleman's BNA label, Wilson recorded the self-penned novelty "Telephone Man," a double-entendre-rich tale of a woman...um, "serviced" by her AT&T technician; the single cracked the Billboard Top 20 in the U.S. and the Top Five in the U.K., going gold on both sides of the pond. It was also a staple of Dr. Demento's syndicated radio program. Wilson then signed to GRT to issue her debut album, First Take, but her attempts to follow "Telephone Man" with the like-minded "Peter the Meter Reader" and "Dick the DJ" went nowhere, and she ultimately retired to Americus, GA, to raise a family and teach choir. Apart from the seasonal novelty singles "Santa's Coming" and "My Valentine's Funny," Wilson did not return to recording until 1999, when she updated "Telephone Man" as "Internet Man." Drive-time radio airplay of the song resulted in a short-lived deal with the now-defunct Time Warner imprint Giant, and in 2002 Wilson issued a self-titled LP on the Ansley label. She died in an SUV accident on December 28 of that same year. ~ Jason Ankeny
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Selected Discography

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Track List: 25 All-Time Novelty Hits

2. Western Movies

3. Baby Talk

4. The All-American Boy

5. The Ballad Of Davy Crockett

6. Seven Little Girls Sitting In The Back Seat

7. Nee Nee Na Na Na Na Nu Nu

9. Shaving Cream

10. Hot Rod Lincoln

11. Alley-Oop

12. Does Your Chewing Gum Lose Its Flavor (On The Bedpost Over Night)

13. Mr. Custer

14. Yogi

16. Surfin' Bird

19. Martian Hop

20. Gitarzan

21. Junk Food Junkie

22. Gimme Dat Ding

23. Telephone Man

24. Mr. Jaws

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Track List: Dr. Demento 25th Anniversary Collection

Disc 1

1. Smells Like Nirvana

2. Heartbreak Hotel

4. Rubber Biscuit

8. Highly Illogical

9. One More Minute

11. Dance Of The Hours

16. Happy Boy

17. Tip-Toe Thru' The Tulips With Me

18. Shaving Cream

Disc 2

1. Particle Man

2. Sensitive New Age Guys

3. The Hunting Song

4. Achy Breaky Song

7. Peter The Meter Reader

8. Everybody Wants My Fanny

10. 'Cause I'm A Blonde

11. Leader Of The Laundromat

13. Mr. Custer

15. Timothy

17. Three Little Pigs

18. Moose Turd Pie

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Track List: Dr. Demento’s 30th Anniversary Collection: Dementia 2000

Disc 1

1. Daffy Duck's Rhapsody

2. Yoda

3. The Elements

5. Charlie Brown

8. The Ballad Of Bilbo Baggins

10. Stress

11. On The Shoulders Of Freaks

13. Polka Dot Undies

14. Itsy Bitsy Teenie Weenie Yellow Polka Dot Bikini

15. The Thing

17. The Biggest Ball Of Twine In Minnesota

19. It's A Gas

20. I Want My Baby Back

Disc 2

1. I'm The Urban Spaceman

3. Another One Rides The Bus

5. Tie Me Kangaroo Down Sport

6. Tennessee Bird Walk

7. Dead Skunk

8. You Were Speeding

10. Lumberjack Song

11. Carrot Juice Is Murder

12. The Little Blue Man

15. Smoke Two Joints

16. Ice Box Man

17. Telephone Man

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Track List: Telephone Man

1. Telephone Man

2. My Valentine's Funny

3. The Spelling Song

4. The 900 Song

5. The Phone Book

6. Lonely Parts

7. Internet Man

8. Peter The Meter Reader

9. Dick The DJ

11. Silver Blue Mercedes

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