Bruce first began singing and entertaining at local dances in his early teens in Texas, where he entered a recording studio to make a simple demonstration recording of a couple of new songs he had written. At the last minute he substituted a brand new song he had just finished called HEY! BABY. Six months later he watched in awe as this recording soared to number one in the pop charts and stayed there for three weeks.
Thus began a long and fascinating touring and recording career in the U.S. and England. Later, hits on "Goin' Back to Louisiana, Mr. Bus Driver, and Keep On, kept Bruce at the forefront of the pop scene for many years. At the height of his popularity in England, he headlined a show featuring a relatively unknown recording group, The Beatles! After more than a decade of touring and recording, Bruce grew tired of the road and the music business. He returned to Ft. Worth to settle down with his wife Christine, whom he had met in England, and left the music scene for a while.
In 1978 (*), Bruce moved to Nashvillle and began writing songs for Nashville recording artists. Since then his successes as a writer include number one records for T. G. Shepherd on "Party Time," Janie Frickie on "Don't Worry 'Bout Me Baby," John Conlee "As Long As I'm Rockin' With You," Anne Murray's re-make of "Hey! Baby," and Mel McDaniel's smash, "Stand Up." Bruce has also had cuts by Alabama, and Oak Ridge Boys, Jerry lee Lewis and Tom Jones. He co-wrote the country hit "You're the Best, with Kieran Kane who recorded it, and "Gonna Have a Party," recorded by Alabama.
Bruce received an award from BMI for two million radio performances of "Hey! Baby." His original record of "Hey! Baby" is featured in the hit movie, Dirty Dancing, and on the international sound track album, listed in Billboard's Pop Album for over three months with sales of over twelve + million units. Bruce lives in Nashville and is actively involved in song writing and music publishing.
(*) = Bassist Bob Moore's log book shows he did some Mercury recording sessions with Bruce Channell around the mid to late 60's.
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