|Single by Bruce Channel|
|from the album Hey! Baby|
Major Bill Smith
|Bruce Channel singles chronology|
"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 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.
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.
|U.S. Billboard Hot 100||1|
|U.S. Billboard Hot R&B Sides||2|
|UK Singles Chart||2|
"Duke of Earl" by Gene Chandler
|Billboard Hot 100 number one single
(Bruce Channel version)
March 10, 1962 (3 weeks)
"Don't Break the Heart That Loves You" by Connie Francis
Anne Murray version
|Single by Anne Murray|
|from the album The Hottest Night of the Year|
|B-side||"Song for the Mira"|
|Writer(s)||Margaret Cobb, Bruce Channel|
|Producer(s)||Jim Ed Norman|
|Anne Murray singles chronology|
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.
|Canadian RPM Country Tracks||1|
|Canadian RPM Adult Contemporary Tracks||1|
|U.S. Billboard Hot Country Singles||7|
|U.S. Billboard Hot Adult Contemporary Tracks||26|
"Love Will Turn You Around" by Kenny Rogers
|RPM Country Tracks number-one single
(Anne Murray version)
October 2, 1982 (1 week)
"Put Your Dreams Away" by Mickey Gilley
DJ Ötzi version
|"Hey Baby (Uhh, Ahh)"|
|Single by DJ Ötzi|
|from the album Love, Peace & Vollgas|
|Released||31 July 2000|
|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|
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. It reached number-one in the United Kingdom, Ireland, Australia and Japan. Darts player Tony O'Shea uses the song as his walk-on song.
Ranger FC used it on the PA at Ibrox on May 25 2003 after they beat Dunfemline Athletic 6-1 to regain the SPL title their third in five years and their fiftifth overall
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.
- CD Maxi-single (Europe, 2000)
- "Hey Baby" (Uhh, Ahh) (Radio Mix) - 3:36
- "Hey Baby" (Uhh, Ahh) (Club Mix) - 4:15
- "Uh! Ah!" - 3:38
Charts and certifications
"Mambo No. 5" by Lou Bega
|UK Singles Chart number-one single
(DJ Ötzi version)
16 September 2001 - 22 September 2001 (2 weeks)
"Can't Get You Out of My Head" by Kylie Minogue
"Not Pretty Enough" by Kasey Chambers
|ARIA (Australia) number-one single
(DJ Ötzi version)
14 April 2002 - 5 May 2002 (4 weeks)
"I'm Moving On" by Scott Cain
- 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.
- 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] (reaching number 74 US Pop), and on 26 November in the UK.[nb 2] 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.
- 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 NXT wrestler Bayley will 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.
- "The man who taught John Lennon harp". Articles.cnn.com. 8 October 2002. Retrieved 2014-04-01.
- "DJ Ötzi - Hey Baby (The Unofficial World Cup Remix 2002)". YouTube. Retrieved 28 December 2015.
- "Archive Chart: 2001-09-22" UK Singles Chart.
- "BDO world title hopeful on way". Express & Star. 4 January 2013. Retrieved 20 December 2013.
- "Hey! Baby", in various singles charts Lescharts.com (Retrieved April 10, 2008)
- German Singles Chart Charts-surfer.de (Retrieved April 10, 2008)
- Irish Singles Chart Irishcharts.ie (Retrieved April 10, 2008)
- "Archive Chart: 2001-09-22". Scottish Singles Top 40.
- "2001 UK Singles Chart" (PDF). UKChartsPlus. Retrieved 26 May 2015.
- "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
- Miller, Adam (3 March 2015). "20 of the biggest selling singles of the 2000’s you’ve already forgotten". Entertainmentwise.
- Harry, Bill (2004). The Ringo Starr Encyclopedia. London: Virgin Books. p. 183. ISBN 9780753508435.
- Harry, Bill (2004). The Ringo Starr Encyclopedia. London: Virgin Books. p. 182. ISBN 9780753508435.
- Whitburn, Joel (2008). Hot Country Songs 1944 to 2008. Record Research, Inc. p. 349. ISBN 0-89820-177-2.