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Len Barry
Len Barry
Barry in 1990
Barry in 1990
Background information
Birth nameLeonard Borisoff
Born(1942-06-12)June 12, 1942[1]
West Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States
DiedNovember 5, 2020(2020-11-05) (aged 78)[2]
GenresBlue-eyed soul[3]
  • Musician
  • songwriter
  • record producer
Years active1958–2020
Associated actsThe Dovells
Len Barry (born Leonard Borisoff; June 12, 1942–November 5, 2020) was an American vocalist, songwriter, and record producer.
1 Career
2 Discography
2.1 Albums
2.2 Singles
2.2.1 As lead singer with The Dovells
2.2.2 Solo singles discography
3 See also
4 References
5 External links
Born and raised in Philadelphia, Barry had little thought of a show business career while still in school. Instead, he aspired to become a professional basketball player upon his graduation. It was not until he entered military service and had occasion to sing with the US Coast Guard band at Cape May, New Jersey, and was so encouraged by the response of his military audiences, that he decided to make music a career.
Upon his discharge from military service, Barry returned home to Philadelphia and formed the Dovells, he was their lead singer. His is the lead voice on all their best selling records "Bristol Stomp", "Hully Gully Baby", and "You Can't Sit Down", among others. "Bristol Stomp" sold over one million copies, and was awarded a RIAA gold disc. As a Dovell, he also toured with James Brown. Barry also made film appearances with the Dovells in films such as Don't Knock the Twist, toured the UK with the Motown Revue. Barry also had guest appearances on US television on "Bandstand" and later American Bandstand, Shindig, and Hullabaloo. Soon after leaving the group, Barry recorded his first solo single "Lip Sync".
As someone who sang rhythm and blues, he recorded hits in 1965 and 1966 for Decca Records in the US and released by Brunswick Records: "1-2-3", "Like a Baby", and "I Struck It Rich", a song he wrote with Leon Huff of the Philadelphia International Records producers, Gamble and Huff.
His first two hits also made the Top Ten of the UK Singles Chart. "1-2-3" reached number three. Those songs also peaked at number 2 and 27 on the US Billboard Hot 100 chart respectively. "1-2-3" sold over four million copies, and gave Barry his second RIAA gold disc and a Grammy Award nomination for Contemporary Rock & Roll Male Vocal Performance. Both "1-2-3" and "Like a Baby" were composed by Barry, John Madara, and David White (musician).
He has performed at the Apollo Theatre in New York; the Howard Theatre in Washington, D.C.; The Regal Chicago, Chicago; Illinois; The Fox Theatre (Detroit) in Detroit, Michigan; and The Uptown (Philadelphia), Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. He also toured with Sam Cooke, The Motown Revue in the United Kingdom, and appeared on Top of the Pops.
He became a major singing star in The United Kingdom. Highlights of his European tour included featured performances at the London Palladium and Royal Albert Hall as well as numerous appearances throughout England, Ireland, Scotland and Wales.
Barry's respect of the Native American culture led him to write and produce the instrumental "Keem-O-Sabe". The song went to number 16 on the Billboard Hot 100 in 1969 for The Electric Indian.
He also did writing and production work with WMOT Productions. With Bobby Eli he helped write the hit singles "Zoom" for Fat Larry's Band, and "Love Town" for Booker Newberry III.
In May 2008, Barry reinvented himself as an author with the publication of novel, Black-Like-Me. The storyline involved a pair of Caucasian siblings growing up in a largely African-American neighborhood, accepted by some, rejected by others.
In 2011, Barry was featured in the PBS Series My Music: Rock, Pop & Doo Wop.
On June 25, 2019, The New York Times Magazine listed Len Barry among hundreds of artists whose material was reportedly destroyed in the 2008 Universal fire.
Len Barry died on November 5, 2020.
1-2-3 (1965) - Decca Records
My Kind of Soul (1967) - RCA Records
Ups and Downs (1972) - Buddah Records
More from the 123 Man (1982) - Bulldog
As lead singer with The Dovells
(see separate Wikipedia entry for The Dovells for full discography)
Chart Position
"Bristol Stomp"
"The New Continental"
"Bristol Twisting Annie"
"Hully Gully Baby"
"You Can't Sit Down"
Solo singles discography
Single (A-side, B-side)Both sides from same album except where indicated
Chart Position
"Don't Come Back"b/w "Jim Dandy"
Len Barry Sings with the Dovells
"Hearts Are Trump"b/w "Little White House"Original release on Cameo
"Let's Do It Again"b/w "Happy Days"
Non-album singles
"Lip Sync"b/w "At the Hop '65"
"1-2-3"b/w "Bullseye"
"Like a Baby"b/w "Happiness (Is a Girl Like You)"
"Hearts Are Trump"b/w "Little White House"Second release on Parkway
Len Barry Sings with the Dovells
"Somewhere"b/w "It's a Crying Shame"
Non-album singles
"It's That Time of Year Again"b/w "Happily Ever After"
"I Struck It Rich"b/w "Love Is"
"You Baby"b/w "Would I Love You"
"The Moving Finger Writes"b/w "Our Love"
My Kind of Soul
"All Those Memories"b/w "Rainy Side of the Street" (from My Kind of Soul)
Non-album singles
"Come Rain or Shine"b/w "The ABC'S of Love"
"Sweet and Funky"b/w "I Like the Way"
"456 (Now I'm Alone)"b/w "Funky Night"
"Christopher Columbus"b/w "You're My Picasso Baby"
"A Child Is Born"b/w "Wouldn't It Be Beautiful"
"Put Out the Fire"b/w "Spread It On Like Butter"
"Keem-O-Sabe"b/w "This Old World"
"Bob and Carol and Ted and Alice"b/w "In My Present State of Mind"
"Diggin' Life"b/w "Just the Two of Us"
Ups and Downs
"1-2-3"b/w "You Baby"Chart reentry in UK
"Heaven + Earth"b/w "I'm Marching to the Music"
Non-album singles
"I'm in Love"b/w "Love Love Love"
See also
Philadelphia portal
List of artists under the Decca Records label
List of people from Philadelphia
List of NME covers
List of performers on Top of the Pops
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