Tommy Heath and Jim
Keller formed Tommy Tutone in 1978 in California as the
two played local clubs in the San Francisco area.
The two were the only mainstay members of the band
during its heyday. Heath was the vocalist, while
Jim was the lead guitarist. Originally, the band
was called Tommy and the Tu-tone's, but it was shortened
at some point. They landed a record deal with
Columbia in 1980.
Tommy Tutone's released their first
self-titled album in 1980, which featured the top 40
Billboard hit "Angel Say No". It was their follow
Tommy Tutone 2, that was their claim to fame.
This was the album that featured the hit song "867-5309/Jenny".
This song was a major hit in the early 80's and a
standard 80's compilation inclusion. The number
itself caused the band some issues. They received
threats of lawsuits from very people who actually owned
the number. For example, this phone number was the
actual number of the Buffalo, NY Chief of Police's
Tommy Tutone split up
after the 1983 release of the album National Emotion.
Tommy Heath did release two additional albums in the
1990's as Tommy Tutone. Although Tommy and Jim no
longer perform together, there were still very active in
the 2010's. The Tommy Tutone Discography is as
follows:1980: Tommy Tutone
1981: Tommy Tutone 2
1983: National Emotion
1996: Nervous Love