Bruce Channel (b. 1940) is a veteran rock & roll/rockabilly singer-songwriter from Jacksonville, Texas who became famous during the early 1960s. He is best known for the bluesy and laidback "Hey! Baby" (1962), which topped the Pop/Rock charts and soon after went gold. Co-written with Margaret Cobb, the harmonica segment (performed by Delbert McClinton) in this Channel-penned oldies classic is said to have inspired John Lennon's playing of that instrument on The Beatles "Love Me Do" (1962) and other early hits.
Bruce Channel had several other hits through the late 1960s that include "Number One Man" (1962), "Come On Baby" (1962), "Going Back To Louisiana" (1964), and "Mr. Bus Driver" (1967). His signature song, "Hey! Baby," also became a big hit in the U.K., peaking at #2, and Channel later scored another Top 20 hit in 1968 on the U.K. charts with "Keep On."
Bruce Channel has continued to perform actively to the present day on cruises, mainly with other 1960s-era artists.
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- Hey! Baby 1962
(This song topped the charts and later also became a hit for Jose Feliciano (1969) and Ringo Starr (1977).)
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