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Happy Birthday, Telephone: 32 Songs That Put A Ring On It
March 10, 2012
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On this day in 1876, Alexander Graham Bell had his first successful experiment with the telephone. And many songs have been made about making phone calls, not completing phone calls and what it felt like waiting on a phone call - all problems that might not exist in today's text-savvy world.

Rikki wouldn't have to worry about losing that number. Robert Plant, most likely, wouldn't be left standing like a fool in the rain. And Sting probably wouldn't have to worry about that 6'10 brother. We pulled together thirty-two tracks that have all benefited from Bell's invention.

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In Bell's notebook entry that day, he scribbled: "I then shouted into M [the mouthpiece] the following sentence: 'Mr. Watson, come here! I want to see you.' To my delight he came and declared that he had heard and understood what I said." It was a historic moment, and it's crazy to think just how much telecommunications have changed since - cordless, beepers, mobile phones, text messaging... And we wouldn't have George Costanza's answering machine...

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