Hey! Baby – Bruce Channel

THIS DAY IN MUSIC…………………………………….on March 10th of 1962 Bruce Channel‘s “Hey! Baby” rose to the top of the Billboard Hot 100 for the first of a three week stay. The song also had success on the R&B chart where it peaked at #2 and in the UK where it also reached the #2 position. Written by Margaret Cobb and Bruce Channel, and recorded by Channel in 1961, first released on LeCam Records, a local Fort Worth, Texas label. After it hit, it was released on Smash Records for national distribution. He co-produced the song with Major Bill Smith (owner of LeCam) and released it on Mercury RecordsSmash label. The song features a prominent riff from well-known harmonica player Delbert McClinton, and drums played by Ray Torres. Other musicians on the record included Bob Jones and Billy Sanders on Guitar and Jim Rogers on bass. According to a CNN article from 2002, while touring the UK in 1962 with The Beatles, McClinton met John Lennon and gave him some harmonica tips. Lennon put the lessons to use right away on “Love Me Do” and later “Please Please Me“. Lennon included the song in his jukebox, and it is also featured on the related compilation album.