Yeah, you’ve got it. It is pronounced “sha NEL.” Of course that’s how you’d say it.
On the other hand, Bruce Channel, individual, sounds like he plays very much against that type over the course of one long, undated, and just fun interview I read. It covers a lot of ground - e.g., from the rock ‘n’ roll scene in late 1950s east Texas (he hails from a town called Grapevine) to his original manager, Major Bill Smith, and his fixation on Elvis Presley still being alive - and Channel comes off equal parts humble and charming through it all. It also offers a remarkable history of how music got made and promoted at the time, up to and including how Channel and Delbert McClinton, the musical partner he stumbled into in Major Bill’s studio, played with The Beatles when they were small enough to “open” for Bruce Channel. That was back in 1962,when they still had Pete Best on drums. (For what it’s worth, Channel floats a couple theories on why they let go of Best, one probably true, the other with a wink.)
If there’s one anecdote/myth that seems to keep coming up across what I’m reading about Channel and McClinton, it’s the story about John Lennon “learning everything he knows” about the harmonica from McClinton. Channel laughed that off as a joke McClinton tells, but the statement McClinton puts on it a separate (and also fascinating) interview puts it plainly enough to feel accurate:
“John did mention to me that he was inspired by ‘Hey! Baby.’ Of course, it's hard to show anybody anything on a harmonica. But later, he told someone I showed him everything he knew. Just like anything, it gets romanticized.”
Just to note it, if I could share a beer and a conversation with only one of Channel and McClinton, it wouldn’t be an easy choice, but leaning McClinton. He had the better connections overall. And the name of his original band? The Straitjackets. That one would still fly.
The two songs by The Beatles McClinton’s “harp” playing inspired were the parts of, “Love Me Do” and “Please Please Me.” (You don’t get the harmonica in the live performance of “Please Please Me” that I dug up, but you do get to see The Beatles play live, if with muddle audio.) Both men clearly admire and marvel at how the enormity of The Beatles, and the way they talk about it shows how well they understand the distance between them and the Liverpool legends (McClinton’s quick revelries about being a small-town Texas kid in London are worth the glance). All the same, they had some sense of the life of an overnight sensation.