Phone Number Jingle
A common advertising jingle, usually among local businesses, in which the phone number of the service is sung. This makes it much easier to remember than if it were simply spoken. These jingles tend to be quite the Ear Worm. This may also be combined with a Spelling Song.
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Real Life Examples:
- "Lube Mobile will come to you! Thirteen thirty thirty-two!"
- Australian example: the Reading Writing Hotline (one three double oh! six triple fiiive oh six). At a post on tumblr put it: "Every Australian knows three phone numbers off by heart: their home number, their mobile number, and the Reading Writing Hotline."
- Hastings Direct: "oh-eight-hundred-double-oh, ten-sixty-six".
- Not strictly an advertisement as it was shown on a BBC children's programme, but still... Oh-One, Eight-One, Eight-One-One... EIGHT-ONE, EIGHT ONE!
- Also from the UK, every Christmastime in the late 1980s and early 1990s, ITV regional station Yorkshire Television ran a Christmas Line service providing information on services open during the holidays, advertised with a phone number jingle: Ring YTV's Christmas Line on Leeds Double-Four-Eight-One-Nine-Nine!
- In the early '80s, BBC Radio One had one: "Call oh-one, five-eight-oh, double-four, double-one!"
- One-One-Eight-Twenty Four-Seven, give us a call, it's directory heaven...
- Toronto, Ontario-based pizza chain "Pizza Pizza" has its immortal jingle: "nine-six-seven, eleven-eleven! Phone Pizza Pizza, hey-hey-hey!" Since it has different phone numbers in various Ontario locations, the first three jingles change accordingly to fit the region, but the "11-11" bit remains the same for all.
- Pizza Nova has a jingle that goes "Four-three-nine bumpa bumpa Pizza Nova!" In various cities, the rest is filled in with numbers.
- PEI Tourism ran an ad in the 1970s with a jingle by Stompin' Tom Connors that said to call "Eight double zero, five six five, seven four two one."
- Nova Scotia-based Pizza chain Greco Pizza had two different jingles for the same number, "three one oh three oh three oh", and the current and more faster paced "three ten thirty thirty" http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CFZAobC65Co
- The Trope Codifier is Empire Carpet (now Empire Today): "Five Eight Eight, Two Three Hundred, Empiiiiiire!" When the business went from local to national, "800" was tacked onto the beginning (though the building myriad of Chicagoland area codes in The Nineties eventually did that to the local ads in any case). Once the name changed to "Empire Today," the spoken word "Today" was added at the end.
- "Eight oh oh, three two five, three five, three five" — a popular Sheraton Hotels number.
- Jenny Craig has a phone number jingle: "1-800-JENNY20".
- Or, for those who grew up in the '90s, "1-800-94JENNY".
- This actually changed every year up to 2000 (95JENNY, 96JENNY, etc.). And the number was actually sung as "Jenny 2000" in that year, though the number was technically the current JENNY20.
- "One Eight Seven Seven KARS FOR KIDS, K-A-R-S KARS FOR KIDS!" (Kars for Kids charity)
- "Eight Six Six, Sixty Six FASTER, You've got the Green Light!" (Green Light Financial)
- If you get long term payments but you need cash now, call J. G. Wentworth, 877-CASH NOW! (J.G. Wentworth Financial)
- Pennsylvania 6-5000!
- 1-800-Collect gave us "C-O-L-L-E-C-T, save a buck or two or three!" This lasted only two commercials, most likely because the jingle was too similar to AT&T's advertising campaign for 1-800-CALL-ATT (which also spells out the letters of its phone number, only without a jingle).
- Boushelle upolstery cleaning: Hudson 3-2 700!
- An old ad for a 900 number that gave sports scores and whatnot: 900-976-1313! Done as a cheer.
- Next Day Floors, we come to you! Call eight hundred, nine one six, six one one two!
- In Northern Ohio, if you needed aluminum siding, it was "Garfield One, Two-Three-Two-Three; Garfield One, Two-Three-Two-Three!"
- In San Diego, ASI Heating and Air Conditioning uses the following jingle in its commercials:
Call ASI the White Glove Guys! 1-800-481 COOL!
- Another San Diego business, Corky's Pest Control, is known for their goofy TV ads and absolutely ubiquitous radio jingle:
Corky's Pest Control— we're here for you! Call 1-800, 9-oh-1, 1-1-oh-2! (Corky's!)
- 773-202 or 877-241...(beep boop beep boop)...LUNA! (bong)
- Buffalo, NY's Cellino and Barnes law firm. "Cellino and Barnes/The Injury Attorneys/Call eight-five-four twenty twenty!"
"Cellino and Barnes/Injury Attorneys/Eight-hundred six-two-one twenty twenty!"
- Similar to the Trope Codifying Empire example above, when they expanded their business, the jingle became:
- And now it's "Call 888-8888" or "800-888-8888", with the slogan "Don't wait, call 8".
- Dial-a-Mattress: "One eight hundred, M-A-T-T-R-E-S!".
- Don't forget to leave off the last "S" for "savings"!
- The 1970's PBS children's show ZOOM provides an extremely rare example of this being done to a mailing address instead of a phone number. It starts with everyone rhythmically speaking "Write Zoom, Z-double-O-M, box three-five-oh, Boston, Mass..." then everyone singing the five-note Zip Code jingle "Oh-two-one-three-four!" The 1990's revival carried the torch for a while, before it was changed in the last couple of seasons to the PBS Kids email address.
- A commercial for Cablevision's Optimum Triple Play package had a reggaeton-style jingle, featuring women dressed as mermaids chanting the phone number: "Eight seven seven, three nine three, four... four... four... eight!"
- "One-five-nine, twenty-two, twenty-two... and get your Gatti's pizza delivered to you!" It was sung by a group of girls for a while, before becoming a simple guitar piece.
- "Call USA-1000! Jhoon Rhee Means Might for Right!" Almost any native of the Washington, DC metropolitan area who grew up in the '70s or '80s knows (what was) the number for the Jhoon Rhee Self-Defense Taekwondo schools, thanks to their long-running and memorable TV ads. The jingle for the ad, believe it or not, was written by Nils Lofgren, guitarist for the E Street Band. He wrote it in exchange for free lessons.
- "Call One-Eight Hundred Steemer! Stanley Steemer gets carpets cleaner!" (Current version: "Stanley Steemer gets your home cleaner!"
- A bit more local, but some in the Midwest U.S. may recognize this insurance jingle for United Auto. "773-202-5000 we've got you covered, Chicago"
- There's also "866-590-CASH, Cash Call *cha-ching*"
- Not quite a jingle but 0800 106 107 ''NOW!''
- In a weird overlap with Repurposed Pop Song, the Tommy Tutone hit "867-5309/Jenny" is sometimes used as a jingle by those businesses fortunate (or quick) enough to snag the number. Probably the best-known example of this is Benjamin Franklin plumbing services, which actually has a national 1-800 number.
"Benny, the punctual plumber! 8-6-7-5-3-oh-9!"
- 1-800-45-CLOSET, CLOSET WORLD!
- Anyone from Las Vegas, Nevada knows that Glen Lerner is the way to go. (Call 877-1500!)
- Alternatively, it's 222-2222 in the Chicagoland Area.
- In North Alabama there's an attorney whose jingle is, "Charles Pitman is the way to go! Call five-three-three five-oh-oh- oh!"
- In Red vs. Blue, Vic made one up for calling him, but it pretty much failed as it didn't rhyme and wasn't very catchy.
- Hilariously parodied in The IT Crowd: The new emergency number is 0118 999 881 999 119 7253
- Homestar Runner has 555-55-55855-55-5-SENOR-MORT-GAGE-TODAY.
- In the Simpsons episode where Homer becomes "Mr. Plow", Barney Gumble starts competing as the "Plow King", and enlists Linda Ronstadt to sing this jingle:
''When the snow starts a-falling,There's a man you should be calling.That's K-L-five, four seven-nine-six! (Let it ring!)''
- Monty Python did a fiction commercial for Shrill petrol with the miracle additive GLC 942-4075 (after 6 PM, 942-4047).