Sugarloaf – Don’t Call Us We’ll Call You

This group is known for the song “Green Eyed Lady” that hit number 1 in 1970. Don’t Call Us is the song I remember the most. It peaked in 1975 at #9 on the Billboard 100 and #5 in Canada. The song is about frustration in the music business.

They actually play the Beatles “I Feel Fine” riff in the song and sang in the lyric that it sounded like John, Paul, and George. Included also is the rift from Stevie Wonder’s Superstition and a Wolfman Jack imitation.

CBS records had just turned them down for a recording contract and you hear a touch tone phone dialing a number…that number went to an unlisted phone number at CBS Records in Manhattan.

Below is from Songfacts

One of the labels that turned down the band was CBS Records. Sugarloaf got retribution by revealing the unlisted phone number of the label in this song by playing the sound of the touchtones when the number is dialed. Listeners with good ears could identify which tone corresponded to each number, and called it to find out where it led. After the song became a hit, CBS changed their number.

At the end of the song, there’s another set of tones; this one led to the main number at the White House. They didn’t change their number, but the band got a visit from a State Department official trying to figure out why they were getting so many calls talking about Sugarloaf.

The song has a little of everything. When I was 8 I remember this song being on the radio quite a bit…

Don’t Call Us We’ll Call You

A Long distance, directory assistance, 
Area code 212. 
Say, hey, A and R this is Mister Rhythm and Blues. 
He said, “Hello,” and put me on hold. 
To say the least the cat was cold. 
He said, don’t call us, chil’, 
We’ll call you. 

I say, “You got my number.” 
He say yeah, “I got it when 
You walked in the door.” 
Don’t call us, we’ll call you. 
Don’t call us, we’ll call you. 

I got your name from a friend of a friend, 
Who said he used to work with you. 
Do you remember the all night creatures, 
From Stereo Ninety-Two? 
“Yeah,” I said, “Could you relate 
To our quarter track tape? 
You know the band performs in the nude?” 
He said, “nUh-uh, don’t call us, chil’, 
We’ll call you. 

Listen, kid, you paid for the call, 
You ain’t bad but we’ve heard it all before, 
And it sounds like, uh, John, Paul and George. 

Anyway, we cut a hit and we toured a bit, 
With a song he said he couldn’t use. 
And now he calls and begs and crawls, 
It’s telephone deja vu. 
We got percentage points and lousy joints, 
And all the glitter we can use, 
Mama, so, uhh don’t call us, 
Now we’ll call you. 

Listen kid you paid for the call, 
You ain’t bad but I heard it all before. 
Don’t call us, we’ll call you. 
Don’t call us. 
Don’t call us, we’ll call you. 
Don’t call us, we’ll call you. 
Don’t call us, we’ll call you. 

Author: Badfinger (Max)

Power Pop fan, Baseball fan, old movie and tv show fan... and a songwriter, bass and guitar player.

4 thoughts on “Sugarloaf – Don’t Call Us We’ll Call You”

    1. Not many people remember this one that I meet. I knew this one better than Green Eyed Lady…You make me feel sane…because people look at me like what?


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