Wednesday, June 20, 2007

Number 600 - Bruce Channel




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Number 600

Bruce Channel

"Hey Baby"

(1962)
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Genre:Pop
Gawd, what a few harrowing days that was! I had never heard of http://www.metafilter.com/ until a few days ago, sure, i knew of digg.com, Del.icio.us & reddit and i know the power of the masses they have! But who the frag is metafilter? Now i know. Obviously they are going to be a force to deal with in the future for the bigger players as above. By now, i hope the people of metafilter understand that i have integrity and took heed to their thoughts. Just remember i cannot please everyone or even sacrifice my style, because that is to stay. Btw i have always stated in other posts i don't mind criticism, so if you have the need... comment, I will answer. Oh and thats the 600's knocked off.TFC
Bruce Channel's "Hey Baby" -- a classic one-shot, number-one hit from 1962 -- is one of the many records proving that, during a period in which rock has sometimes been characterized as near death, the form was continuing to evolve in unexpected and delightful ways. An irresistible mid-tempo shuffle from the first few bars of homespun harmonica (played by Delbert McClinton), it was a seemingly effortless blend of rock, blues, country, and Cajun beats, featuring Channel's lazy, drawling vocals and an instantly catchy tune. It was perhaps too much of a natural; Channel could never recapture the organic spontaneity of the track, failing to re-enter the Top 40 despite many attempts.
The Texan had written "Hey Baby" around 1959 with his friend , and had already been performing the tune for a couple of years before recording it amidst a series of demos for Fort Worth producer Major Bill Smith. First released locally on Smith's label, it was picked up for national distribution by Smash. Channel would continue to write most of his own material (sometimes in collaboration with Cobb) for a series of moderately enjoyable follow-ups that echoed the riffs of "Hey Baby" too closely. McClinton played his immediately identifiable harmonica on several of these, and made his own contribution to rock history in 1962, when he was touring as a member of Channel's band in Britain. On one of their shows, they were supported by a then-unknown Liverpool group, the Beatles, who had yet to cut their first record. John Lennon was smitten by McClinton's style of playing, and picked up some pointers that he put to use on the Beatles' very first single, "Love Me Do"; in fact, McClinton's influence can be easily detected in Lennon's harmonica playing on many early Beatles tracks from 1962 and 1963.
Channel did get another Top 20 hit in Britain in 1968, "Keep On," which was written by Wayne Carson Thompson (famous for penning the Box Tops' "The Letter"). Nothing else clicked in a big way on either side of the ocean, and by the late '70s he was working in Nashville as a songwriter. ~ [Richie Unterberger, All Music Guide]
The key to the appeal of "Hey! Baby" is the sustained first note, with a rhythmic shuffle in the background. This had previously occurred on another recent hit, "Sherry" (1962) by The Four Seasons, and was later to recur on a Beatles song, "I Should Have Known Better" (on A Hard Day's Night - 1964 ~ [wikipedia]
For John Lennon see Number 639
For Beatles see Number 894, Number 947 & Number 587
For The Four Seasons see Number 690
Unfortunately ... awwww, this was before Rolling Stone Mag was around (They get out of another one)
Rolling Stone Top 500 Songs ranked this song at Number (You know our views on one hit wonders) and the album ranked at (What Album?)
This song has a crowbarred rating of 72.1 out of 108

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Anonymous Joey Michaels said...

All right, here I am at work.

The pop up that came up was from http://ilead.itrack.it and was for Passion.com - "Sexy Personals for passionate singles."

The images are not what you might call "safe for work."

Doing a lit of googling led me to this site:
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Which explains that this site is specifically associated with your website counter.

Hope this helps!

10:20 am  
Blogger crowbarred said...

I appreciate all you help! I have checked the template and cannot find no mention of any of those names you supplied. The website counter on the right hand side is supplied by easycounter.com. is this who is causing all the problems?

12:25 pm  
Anonymous Joey Michaels said...

No sure. Is it from "Nedstat/Webstat4u?" That seems to be the offending culprit at the dentist site. :/

11:15 pm  
Blogger crowbarred said...

webstats4u is a site that compiles info for where people come from, os they use etc. I am gobsmacked this is the culprit. Can u let me know when your online and i will remove from the site and then u can let me know its gone.. the pop up that is. I cant say enough how much i appreciate you helping.

1:26 am  
Anonymous Joey Michaels said...

Howdy! Sorry I haven't come by for a couple of days. Tell you what, it is 11:33 PM Hawaii Standard Time right now. I will try to come by in about 12 hours, which would be 11:30 AM.

If you're online right now, however, just send me a quick message at sadclownrep@hotmail.com. I should be on for another 30 or so and I'd be happy to help you troubleshoot!

9:33 pm  

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