Hello Operator

Hello Operator

Long before we were graced with the voices of SAM, Siri, or Alexa, and before we could carry our smart devices around like a wallet or clutch…there were the women and men who served us from behind the receiver: the telephone operator. Maybe they didn’t have the answer to everything but they could connect us to about anyone anywhere in the world. But it usually cost more than we were willing to admit. This week’s Deeper Roots show takes on the theme of the telephone operator, the long distance connector, and the person with a soul…and usually a quick hangup if there were not enough coins to drop in the pay phone. It was the penalty for human interaction I guess. We’ll let Jorma, Johnny Otis, Wanda Jackson, and Eddie Floyd take us on a trip back to rotary dials and party lines in this week’s episode, live from the Santa Rosa studios at KOWS.

No.
1Artist Title Album Buy
2Mary Wells Operator Looking Back 1961-1964 Amazon
3Dusty Owens Hello Operator Talking on the Telephone Vol. 2 Amazon
4Rusty McDonald Call Operator 210 Talking on the Telephone Vol. 2 Amazon
5Hank Snow I Just Telephoned Upstairs The Chronogical Classics 1951-1952 (Warped 5244) Amazon
6Bonnie Guitar Hello, Hello, Please Answer The Phone Talking on the Telephone Vol. 2 Amazon
7Wanda Jackson Between The Window And The Phone Talking on the Telephone Vol. 2 Amazon
8The Blue Sky Boys The Royal Telephone Talking on the Telephone Vol. 2 Amazon
9Johnny Burnette Operator The Train Kept a-Rollin' Memphis to Hollywood – CD 9 Amazon
10Howard Crockett Please Answer The Phone Talking on the Telephone Vol. 2 Amazon
11Jorma Kaukonen Operator River Of Time Amazon
12The Band Long Distance Operator A Musical History [Disc 2] Amazon
13The Golden Gate Quartet I Just Telephone Upstairs Vol. 6 (1949-1952) Amazon
14The Jordaniares I Telephoned Upstairs The Jordaniares Gospel Amazon
15Selah Jubilee Singers Royal Telephone Complete Recorded Works – Vol. 1 (1939-1941) Amazon
16Sister Wynona Carr Operator, Operator Dragnet For Jesus Amazon
17Spirit Of Memphis Quartet The Atomic Telephone The Best Of King Gospel Amazon
18Sister Wynona Carr Don't Miss That Train Dragnet For Jesus Amazon
19Johnny Otis Call Operator 210 Mercury R&B Story '45-'55 – [Disc 6] West Coast Blues V2 Amazon
20Tony & Tyrone Please Operator After Hours 3 – More Northern Soul Masters Amazon
21Gladys Knight & The Pips Operator Soul Grooves Amazon
22The Marvelettes Beechwood 4-5789 20th Century Masters: The Millennium Collection: Best Of The Marvelettes Amazon
23Eddie Floyd 634-5789 Stax Profiles – Eddie Floyd Amazon
24Ry Cooder 634-5789 Borderline Amazon
25Tommy Tutone 867-5309/Jenny Radio Hits of the '80s Amazon
26Rosanne Cash Radio Operator Black Cadillac Amazon
27Jim Croce Operator (That's Not the Way It Feels) Photographs & Memories: His Greatest Hits Amazon
28The Manhattan Transfer Operator Anthology – Down in Birdland [Disc 1] Amazon
29The Grateful Dead Operator American Beauty Amazon
30Bob Gaddy Operator The Classic Old Town Records Amazon
31Effie Smith Dial That Telephone (07-27-51) 1945-1953 Amazon
32Floyd Dixon Call Operator 210 The Aladdin Story (Pt. 2) Amazon

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