Bruce Channel

Genres: Doo Wop Pop / Rock Soundtrack
Tags: oldies 60s rock soundtrack dirty dancing rock and roll pop Powered by AudioScrobbler
Decades: 1960s 1990s 2000s
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Bruce Mcmeans, 28 November 1940, Jacksonville, Texas, USA. Born into a musical family, Channel was actively performing while still in high school. He secured a six-month residency on the prestigious The Louisiana Hayride show, which in turn resulted in a recording contract with Smash Records. In 1962 the singer scored a US chart-topper with the infectious ‘Hey Baby’ which also achieved gold record status on climbing to number 2 in the UK. Much of the song’s appeal, however, was derived from its distinctive harmonica passage, which was played by Delbert McClinton. His plaintive style influenced that of several subsequent releases, including the Beatles’ ‘Love Me Do’, although John Lennon later denied his influence. Channel’s career floundered over the ensuing years and his releases were confined to low-key labels including Le Cam and Mel-O-Dy. He was signed to Mala in 1968, but although this made no difference to his fortunes in...

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