Hey! Baby

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"Hey! Baby"
Hey! Baby - Bruce Channel.jpg
Single by Bruce Channel
from the album Hey! Baby
B-side "Dream Girl"
Released December 1961
Genre Pop
Length 2:27
Label Smash
Writer(s) Margaret Cobb
Bruce Channel
Producer(s) Bruce Channel
Major Bill Smith
Certification Gold (RIAA)
Bruce Channel singles chronology
"Now or Never"
"Hey! Baby"
"Run Romance Run"

"Hey! Baby" is a song written by Margaret Cobb and Bruce Channel, and recorded by Channel in 1961, first released on LeCam Records, a local Fort Worth, Texas label. After it hit, it was released on Smash Records for national distribution. He co-produced the song with Major Bill Smith (owner of LeCam) and released it on Mercury Records' Smash label. The song reached number one on the Billboard Hot 100 for three weeks, starting the week ending March 10, 1962.

The song features a prominent riff from well-known harmonica player Delbert McClinton, and drums played by Ray Torres. According to a CNN article[1] from 2002, while touring the UK in 1962 with The Beatles, McClinton met John Lennon and gave him some harmonica tips. Lennon put the lessons to use right away on "Love Me Do" and later "Please Please Me". Lennon included the song in his jukebox, and it is also featured on the related compilation album. other musicians on the record included Bob Jones and Billy Sanders on Guitar and Jim Rogers on bass.

The song was used in the 1987 hit film Dirty Dancing in the scene where Johnny and Baby dance on top of a tree's log.

Chart performance[edit]

Chart (1962) Peak
US Billboard Hot 100[2] 1
U.S. Billboard Hot R&B Sides 2
UK Singles Chart 2
Preceded by
"Duke of Earl" by Gene Chandler
Billboard Hot 100 number one single
(Bruce Channel version)

March 10, 1962 (3 weeks)
Succeeded by
"Don't Break the Heart That Loves You" by Connie Francis

Anne Murray version[edit]

"Hey! Baby!"
Single by Anne Murray
from the album The Hottest Night of the Year
B-side "Song for the Mira"
Released May 1982
Genre Country
Length 2:47
Label Capitol
Writer(s) Margaret Cobb, Bruce Channel
Producer(s) Jim Ed Norman
Anne Murray singles chronology
"Another Sleepless Night"
"Hey! Baby"
"Somebody's Always Saying Goodbye"

Canadian country pop singer Anne Murray covered the song in 1982, reaching number 7 on the US Country Singles chart and number 26 on the Adult Contemporary chart. Murray also reached number-one on the RPM country and adult contemporary charts in Canada.

Peak positions[edit]

Chart (1982) Peak
Canadian RPM Country Tracks 1
Canadian RPM Adult Contemporary Tracks 1
US Hot Country Songs (Billboard)[3] 7
US Adult Contemporary (Billboard)[4] 26
Preceded by
"Love Will Turn You Around" by Kenny Rogers
RPM Country Tracks number-one single
(Anne Murray version)

October 2, 1982 (1 week)
Succeeded by
"Put Your Dreams Away" by Mickey Gilley

DJ Ötzi version[edit]

"Hey Baby (Uhh, Ahh)"
Single by DJ Ötzi
from the album Love, Peace & Vollgas
Released 31 July 2000
Format CD single
Genre Eurodance
Length 3:37
Label Hit Galaxy, EMI Electrola
Writer(s) Margaret Cobb, Bruce Channel
Producer(s) Christian Seitz, Claus Marcus, Klaus Biedermann, Mark Duran
DJ Ötzi singles chronology
"Gemma Bier trinken"
"Hey! Baby"
"Doh Wah Diddy"

Austrian artist DJ Ötzi recorded a cover version titled "Hey Baby (Uhh, Ahh)". It was released in July 2000 as the lead single from his debut solo album, Love, Peace & Vollgas. In 2002, it was re-released when it became the unofficial theme song for the 2002 FIFA World Cup.[5] It reached number-one in the United Kingdom,[6] Ireland, Australia and Japan. Darts player Tony O'Shea uses the song as his walk-on song.[7]

The Colorado Rockies Major League Baseball team also uses "Hey Baby" as a theme song during the 7th inning stretch.

Rangers FC used it on the PA at Ibrox on May 25, 2003 after they beat Dunfermline Athletic 6-1 to regain the SPL title for the third time in five years, and their fiftieth SPL title overall.

Music video[edit]

The official music video features large groups of people singing along to the song in a taxi at different times, interspersed with DJ Ötzi singing on a TV screen.

Track listings[edit]

CD Maxi-single (Europe, 2000)
  1. "Hey Baby" (Uhh, Ahh) (Radio Mix) - 3:36
  2. "Hey Baby" (Uhh, Ahh) (Club Mix) - 4:15
  3. "Uh! Ah!" - 3:38

Charts and certifications[edit]

Preceded by
"Mambo No. 5" by Bob the Builder
UK Singles Chart number-one single
(DJ Ötzi version)

16 September 2001 - 22 September 2001 (2 weeks)
Succeeded by
"Can't Get You Out of My Head" by Kylie Minogue
Preceded by
"Not Pretty Enough" by Kasey Chambers
ARIA (Australia) number-one single
(DJ Ötzi version)

14 April 2002 - 5 May 2002 (4 weeks)
Succeeded by
"I'm Moving On" by Scott Cain

Other versions[edit]

  • Alabama covered the song on their 1997 album Dancin' on the Boulevard w/guest vocals by Bruce Channel
  • Arthur Alexander covered the song on his 1962 album You Better Move On.
  • Johnny Hallyday covered the song arranged in French on his 1962 10" record Madison Twist.
  • Jerry Lee Lewis recorded the song in 1967 for his album Soul My Way.
  • Paul and Paula covered the song on their 1964 album Paul and Paula Sing For Young Lovers.
  • Don Partridge covered the song on his 1973 album Don Partridge and Friends.[15]
  • Ringo Starr released the song as a single, backed with "Lady Gaye", from his Ringo's Rotogravure album, on 22 November 1976 in the US[nb 1][16] (reaching number 74 US Pop), and on 26 November in the UK.[nb 2][17] He had also sampled it in his previous chart hit, "A Dose of Rock 'n' Roll" (reaching number 26 US Pop).
  • Juice Newton covered the song on her 1978 album Well Kept Secret.
  • Bobby G. Rice released a cover version in 1970, which reached number 35 on the country music charts.[18]
  • Conway Twitty covered the song on his 1970 album Fifteen Years Ago.
  • Cooldown Café, a Dutch band, covered it in 2000; it was top-5 hit in the Netherlands.
  • Crazy Frog covered the song on his hit follow up 2006 album More Crazy Hits.
  • Fans of WWE wrestler Bayley sing the first two lines of the DJ Otzi version song when she is in the ring. This was first done by the crowd at NXT TakeOver: London.


  1. ^ US Atlantic 45-3371[16]
  2. ^ UK Polydor 2001 699[17]
  1. ^ "The man who taught John Lennon harp". Articles.cnn.com. 8 October 2002. Retrieved 2014-04-01. 
  2. ^ "Bruce Channel – Chart history" Billboard Hot 100 for Bruce Channel.
  3. ^ "Anne Murray – Chart history" Billboard Hot Country Songs for Anne Murray.
  4. ^ "Anne Murray – Chart history" Billboard Adult Contemporary for Anne Murray.
  5. ^ "DJ Ötzi - Hey Baby (The Unofficial World Cup Remix 2002)". YouTube. Retrieved 28 December 2015. 
  6. ^ a b "Archive Chart: 2001-09-22" UK Singles Chart.
  7. ^ "BDO world title hopeful on way". Express & Star. 4 January 2013. Retrieved 20 December 2013. 
  8. ^ a b c d e f "Hey! Baby", in various singles charts Lescharts.com (Retrieved April 10, 2008)
  9. ^ German Singles Chart Charts-surfer.de (Retrieved April 10, 2008)
  10. ^ Irish Singles Chart Irishcharts.ie (Retrieved April 10, 2008)
  11. ^ "Archive Chart: 2001-09-22". Scottish Singles Top 40.
  12. ^ "2001 UK Singles Chart" (PDF). UKChartsPlus. Retrieved 26 May 2015. 
  13. ^ "British single certifications – DJ Otzi – Hey! Baby". British Phonographic Industry.  Enter Hey! Baby in the field Keywords. Select Title in the field Search by. Select single in the field By Format. Select Platinum in the field By Award. Click Search
  14. ^ Miller, Adam (3 March 2015). "20 of the biggest selling singles of the 2000's you've already forgotten". Entertainmentwise. 
  15. ^ "Don Partridge & Friends", Sonogram Records EFG 7344 (1973)
  16. ^ a b Harry, Bill (2004). The Ringo Starr Encyclopedia. London: Virgin Books. p. 183. ISBN 9780753508435. 
  17. ^ a b Harry, Bill (2004). The Ringo Starr Encyclopedia. London: Virgin Books. p. 182. ISBN 9780753508435. 
  18. ^ Whitburn, Joel (2008). Hot Country Songs 1944 to 2008. Record Research, Inc. p. 349. ISBN 0-89820-177-2. 

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