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
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.
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
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
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
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
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
For several years Henley and Channel
were content with their comfortable lives as past pop figures
and current songwriters and producers.
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
Streets Of Fire,
who personally presented the song in Africa.
L to R: Ricky Ray Rector, Larry
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.