Bruce Channel (b. Bruce McMeans, 28 November 1940, Jacksonville, Tx.) is an American singer-songwriter best known for his 1962 million-selling number-one hit record, Hey! Baby.
Channel performed originally for the radio program Louisiana Hayride and then joined with the harmonica player Delbert McClinton, singing country music.
Channel wrote Hey! Baby with Margaret Cobb in 1959. The song went to number one in the US in March 1962 and held that position for three weeks. Channel had four more singles on the Billboard Hot 100, including Number One Man (which peaked at number 52), Come On Baby (number 98), Going Back to Louisiana (number 89), and Mr. Bus Driver (number 90), but none of them was as successful as Hey! Baby, and he is considered a one-hit wonder.
Channel toured Europe and was assisted at one gig by the Beatles, who were then little known.
The main appeal of Hey! Baby is probably the sustained first note, with a rhythmic pattern in the background. This device was used in 1962 for the successful song Sherry (1962) by the Four Seasons and again on the Beatles' I Should Have Known Better (on the album A Hard Day's Night), in 1964.
In 1995, Channel recorded his cover of the song Stand Up for the Memphis-based record label Ice House. Delbert McClinton reprised his harmonica role on it and several other tracks, including another version of Hey! Baby. Channel then recorded a project in 2002 with the singer-songwriter Larry Henley (ex-Newbeats), billed as Original Copy.
Channel was inducted into the Rockabilly Hall of Fame. In 2001, he became popular again when DJ Ötzi remixed and produced his own version of his classic hit Hey! Baby and went to number one around the world.
Works for Winds
- Hey! Baby (Flex instrumentation) (arr. Thorp) (1961/)
All Wind Works
- Bruce Channel, Wikipedia Accessed 8 July 2020
- Heritage Encyclopedia of Band Music. "Bruce Channel." Accessed 8 July 2020