Billboard #1 Hits: #66: “Hey! Baby”- Bruce Channel. March 10, 1962. #1 for 3 weeks. Released on Smash Records. Written by Margaret Cobb and Bruce Channel. Genre: Pop. Time: 2:27. B-side:”Dream Girl” Album: Hey! Baby. Grade: C
To my ears the only redeeming aspect of this song is the harmonica riff played by the great Delbert McClinton. But John Lennon must have liked it he included it in his jukebox. It may have been the harmonica/ McClinton that he liked about the song. While touring the United Kingdom in 1962 Lennon met McClinton and got some tops from him on playing the harmonica.
“Hey! Baby” was a hit in the UK- peaking at #2 on the UK Singles Chart. Bruce Channel [born Bruce McMeans in 1940 ] would qualify as a one hit wonder- while he would have a total of 5 Hot 100 singles- “Hey! Baby” was the only Top 40 hit of his career.