So, just how fresh was the phone-call-from-God concept in 1973, when Jerry Jordan recorded Ray Pinkston's Phone Call from God? Not very. There was, for example, 1901's Hello Central, Give Me Heaven by Charles K. Harris:
Eighteen years later, in 1919, Frederick M. Lehman gave us the gospel standard The Royal Telephone, heard here in a 1970s (?) version by The Blue Ridge Quartet:
The Royal Telephone (Lehman)--Blue Ridge Quartet; from LP.
Anyway, here's the 18:20 track in all of its, um... bandwidth. In the event you don't feel like d/l'ing an 18:20 track, I'll give a quick review: God literally calls Jerry and forces him to face the fact that he hasn't been a good Christian in the tithe-giving, service-rendering, stay-out-of-Hell senses. It's fairly amusing, though Jordan is no Wendy Bagwell. It has its moments, still. We even have Jerry checking to make sure God didn't call collect. (I thought I came up with that lousy joke! Me, and a zillion other folks.)