Bruce Channel, born in New York City on November 30th 1971, is an American singer-songwriter and musician. He has released five studio albums to date, three of which have hit the Billboard Top 20. His most recent album “Piano Man” peaked at #3 on The Billboard 200 chart.,
Bruce Channel was born on October 10, 1974 in New York City. He is an American singer-songwriter and actor. His debut album “Hey Baby” was released in 1995.
One of the numerous recordings demonstrating that, during an era when rock was often described as approaching death, the genre was continuing to develop in surprising and wonderful ways is Bruce Channel’s “Hey Baby,” a famous one-shot, number-one smash from 1962. It was an apparently easy mix of rock, blues, country, and Cajun rhythms, featuring Channel’s languid, drawling vocals and an immediately catchy melody, and it was an appealing mid-tempo shuffle from the first few bars of homespun harmonica (performed by Delbert McClinton). It was maybe too natural; after many efforts, Channel was unable to recreate the track’s genuine spontaneity, failing to re-enter the Top 40.
The Texan wrote “Hey Baby” with his friend Margaret Cobb in 1959, and had been playing it for a few years before recording it for Fort Worth producer Major Bill Smith during a series of demos. It was first released locally on Smith’s label before being picked up by Smash for national distribution. For a succession of somewhat pleasant follow-ups that mimicked the riffs of “Hey Baby” too closely, Channel continued to compose most of his own material (occasionally in cooperation with Cobb).
On many of them, McClinton played his instantly recognizable harmonica, and in 1962, while traveling in the United Kingdom with Channel’s band, he made his own addition to rock history. They were joined on stage by a then-unknown Liverpool band, the Beatles, who had yet to make their first album, during one of their performances. McClinton’s manner of playing enchanted John Lennon, and he picked up certain hints that he used on the Beatles’ debut single, “Love Me Do”; indeed, McClinton’s influence can be heard in Lennon’s harmonica playing on several early Beatles songs from 1962 and 1963.
In 1968, Channel had another Top 20 success in the UK with “Keep On,” written by Wayne Carson Thompson (well known for writing the Box Tops’ “The Letter”). Nothing else seemed to connect on either side of the Atlantic, and by the late 1970s, he was working as a composer in Nashville.
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