Bruce is an American singer- songwriter. He is famous for his number 1 hit in 1962 with his song “HeyBaby”. It stayed number 1 for 3 weeks and he had other songs in the Billboard Top 100. Bruce toured Europe in 1962 where the Beatles were the opening band. Some people say that Bruce Channel’s music influenced the Beatles. Bruce became a famous songwriter in Nashville writing songs for artists such as John Conlee, Janie Fricke and T.J. Sheppard. “Hey Baby” has been recorded by many artists over the years including Ringo Starr. “Hey Baby” became popular again after the movie Dirty Dancing.
In my interview you will hear Bruce talking about the early years of 1962 when the Beatles were the opening band for Bruce Channel. You will also hear about the famous harmonica of Delbert McClinton teaching John Lennon and you will hear some amazing stories on Hey Baby, Bruce’s number 1 hit recorded over 200 times with various artists including Ringo Starr. Very special.
My cousin in Nashville, James Pennebaker, is a multi- instrumentalist, playing violin, guitar, mandolin and pedal steel. James has played with many bands and musicians and is currently on tour with Delbert McClinton.
James has played with many different acts such as Lee Roy Parnell, Billy Joe Shaver, Pam Tillis, and Delbert McClinton. James talks about the early years when he heard the Beatles music, his favorite Beatles song and what it is like playing with so many great musicians. Did I mention that he is my cousin (several times removed) and I am glad to have him in my family? I hope you enjoy the interview.
LISTEN TO JAMES’S FULL INTERVIEW HERE (click link)
Here are some highlights of James playing with some great acts.
Lee Roy Parnell – Fresh Coat of Paint (James on guitar)
Delbert McClinton on the Road to Austin – Giving It Up For Your Love