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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 Nashville 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 Fricke 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, The 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 songwriting and music publishing.





READ ABOUT BRUCE AND HIS
ROLE IN
ORIGINAL COPY





 
 

    Recently, Bruce scored another big hit with Hey Baby. This time it was performed by Europe's OTZI and was a major success. Check out his version HERE.

ORIGINAL COPY

 READ REVIEW in May 2003 Music Row Magazine
by Robert Oerman.

 

     If the words "Original Copy" denote just another oxymoron in your mind, you're in for a big surprise.
     Original they are, providing a fresh project that bursts with upbeat energy and the positive emotions that our world lacks today.
     But the only thing "copied" here is the resurgence of two pop stars - turned singer-songwriters in a unique blend of their distinct voices with seasoned writing prowess to form Volume I of what promises to be the first of many.
     They were born just twenty miles apart in East Texas, but that's only the first fact shared by Larry Henley and Bruce Channel. Both were popular pop stars in their salad days. Channel's major hit was his own Hey Baby, immortalized in the movies Dirty Dancing and The Last Days Of Frankie The Fly. Henley was the falsetto voice that led The Newbeats with the classic Bread And Butter, also heard in two movies: Nine And A Half Weeks and Simon Birch.
     After headlining here and in Europe (The Beatles being among the OPENING acts for Channel in England while The Newbeats roamed the globe with Roy Orbison), both grew weary of the traveling circuit and moved to Nashville, where they established themselves as successful songwriters, unknowingly yet fatefully destined to create this powerful album. Little did they know that many years later their own histories would repeat themselves.
     The opening tune, You Gotta Go Away Or You Can't Come Back, is appropriately symbolic of the renewed aspirations that characterize this venture.
     The shift in direction proved productive for Henley, as he went on to win a Grammy for his mega hit Wind Beneath My Wings. He has earned numerous honors for his immense catalogue. He has been nominated for the Songwriters Hall Of Fame and also received the prestigious Songwriter Of The Year Award from NSAI. In 1999 he was recognized with the Five Million Airs Award by BMI for radio plays of Wind Beneath My Wings.
     Bruce Channel also grew to be a prolific writer. He gained notoriety for number one hits with Anne Murray's remake of Hey, Baby, T.G. Shepherd's Party Time, John Conlee's As Long As I'm Rockin' With You, Janie Fricke's Don't Worry 'Bout Me Baby and Mel McDaniels' smash record Stand Up. He has had cuts by Jerry Lee Lewis, Alabama, Tom Jones and Kieran Kane, with whom he wrote the country hit You're The Best.
     For several years Henley and Channel were content with their comfortable lives as past pop figures and current songwriters and producers.
     Then along came the enthusiastic Ricky Ray Rector, an Alabama native from Muscle Shoals and a greatly respected writer and performer in his own right. He realized that the voices of Henley and Channel were not only easily recognized but now richer than ever. He persuaded them to embark on this challenging venture, combining his musical expertise with theirs. Original Copy was formed, turning their collective dreams into reality.
     Rector's personal credits include being nominated for the 2000 W. C. Handy Award for Good Day For The Blues, recorded by Ruth Brown, as well as songs done by The Band, Lonnie Mack, Maria Muldaur, Lacy J. Dalton, and Bobbie Keyes (with Keith Richards in "Cheap Winos"). His song Darlene shot to number one with T. Graham Brown. He is widely acclaimed for his blues guitar style, playing with the Nashville band, "The Nerve", for ten years, followed by stints with Tom T. Hall, Dobie Gray, Lonnie Mack and Tony Joe White. A rare honor was achieved by gifting Nelson Mandela with Streets Of Fire, written with Dobie Gray, who personally presented the song in Africa.


L to R: Ricky Ray Rector, Larry Henley and
Bruce Channel

          Bruce, Larry and Ricky Ray have worked hard to deliver the kind of purposeful music that nurtures the soul. but with a playful lift that's easy to adhere to. No two songs are even vaguely alike except in their positive, heartfelt messages geared toward all ages and tastes. Each track stands strong on its own so that listeners are hard pressed to choose a "favorite". Original Copy is truly a fun-filled labor of love.
     Original Copy Volume I is dedicated to the late Don Gant, who discovered and produced Jimmy Buffet among others. All three knew him separately in Nashville long before meeting each other, and were among Gant's many protégés. He would surely be proud.


 

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