Jeff Barry

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Jeff Barry

American pop music songwriter, singer, and record producer add

Category: Music

Born in 1938.

Countries: United States (63%), Canada (13%), (10%)

Education: undef.

Main connections: Bobby Bloom, Andy Kim, Ellie Greenwich

Linked to: Erasmus Hall High School, The Beach Boys, The Ronettes, United States Army

 

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Jeff Barry was born in 1938 add something


1950

Cynthia Weil - At the ceremony at the Waldorf-Astoria, which was telecast on the Fuse TV cable network, songwriter Carole King inducted Mann and Weil and other songwriting colleagues from the 1950s and early 1960s, including Ellie Greenwich and Jeff Barry, Otis_Blackwell , Mort Shuman, and Jesse Stone


1959

Barry recorded several singles for RCA label, including the self-penned "It's Called Rock and Roll", backed with "Hip Couple", released in 1959 add something

 

The two met in late 1959, although it might not have been for the first time - her maternal uncle was married to his cousin, so they may actually have known each other since childhood add something


1960

Greenwich introduced Barry to her latest partner, songwriter-producer Phil Spector, and the threesome went on to help define the "Girl Group" sound of the early 1960s add something

 

In the summer of 1960, Barry and Greenwich recorded Barry's "Red Corvette", which was released as a single under the name Ellie Gee and The Jets add something


1962

Barry and Greenwich married in October 1962 and shortly afterward decided to write songs exclusively with each other add something


1963

In early 1963, Barry and Greenwich had chart success with "What A Guy" and "The Kind of Boy You Can't Forget", recorded by the couple under the name The Raindrops for Jubilee Records, with Greenwich providing all the female vocals through the process of overdubbing, while Barry sang backgrounds in a bass voice add something


1964

In 1964 Leiber and Stoller brought Barry and Greenwich onboard their new label, Red Bird Records, as songwriter-producers add something

 

In 1964 alone, the duo were responsible for writing 17 singles that reached the Billboard Hot 100 chart add something

 

The Ronettes - Perhaps their biggest loss was the Spector, Jeff Barry, and Ellie Greenwich song "Chapel of Love," which the Ronettes recorded in early 1964


1965

Barry and Greenwich released solo singles under their own names for Red Bird in 1965, Greenwich the haunting "You Don't Know" and Barry the uptempo "I'll Still Love You" add something

 

The couple divorced in late 1965 but would continue to work together for much of the following year, and sporadically after that until the late 1960s add something


1966

In early 1966 Barry and Greenwich discovered a talented young singer-songwriter named Neil Diamond and brought him to the attention of Bert Berns, one of the principals of Bang Records add something

 

In late 1966, Barry was asked to produce tracks for Monkees, a music group put together specifically as the stars of an NBC sitcom, called "The Monkees" add something

 

Needing a B side in a hurry, Barry and Greenwich dashed off "Hanky Panky", which would resurface in 1966 as a No. 1 cover version for Tommy James & The Shondells, giving the group its first hit add something

 

I'm a Believer - The single, produced by Jeff Barry, hit the number one spot on the U.S. "Billboard" Hot 100 chart for the week ending December 31, 1966 and remained there for seven weeks, becoming the last No. 1 hit of 1966 and the biggest-selling record for all of 1967


1967

Among Barry's new collaborators were Marty Sanders, a member of the pop group Jay and the Americans, and Bang label CEO Bert Berns, with whom he wrote "Am I Groovin' You-", a top R & B single for Freddie Scott in 1967 add something


1968

Having been removed from the Monkees project, Kirshner became music supervisor for a new Saturday morning cartoon, "The Archie Show", in 1968, and enlisted Barry as producer and main songwriter add something


1969

Barry had recently founded his own label, Steed Records, and one of his most successful recording artists was Montreal native Andy Kim, who had hits with remakes of Barry's Ronettes tunes "Be My Baby" and "Baby, I Love You." Barry and Kim collaborated on several tunes for The Archies to record, including their best-known single, "Sugar, Sugar", which hit No. 1, became the RIAA Record of the Year for 1969, and earned the group a gold record add something

 

Robin McNamara - In 1969, he was introduced to composer / record producer Jeff Barry, who signed him to his Steed record label

 

Ron Dante - The Archies single "Sugar, Sugar", written by producer Jeff Barry with Andy Kim, was the number-one selling record of 1969 in the United States


1970

After Kirshner's dismissal from Colgems Records, however, Barry would not produce for the Monkees again until 1970's "Changes", which contained many songs co-written by Barry add something

 

During the 1970s and 1980s Barry scored numerous hit songs on the country charts, among them "Out Of Hand" by Gary Stewart, "Sayin' Hello, Sayin' I Love You, Sayin' Goodbye" by Jim Ed Brown and Helen Cornelius, "Lie To You For Your Love" by The Bellamy Brothers, a remake of "Chip Chip" by Patsy Sledd, and "Walkin' In The Sun" by Glen Campbell add something

 

In 1970, Barry wrote and produced singles and albums for Archies lead singer Ron Dante; Bobby Bloom , and Robin McNamara , among others add something

 

Bobby Bloom - He co-wrote the song "Mony Mony" and with Jeff Barry he co-wrote "Sunshine" by The Archies, their fifth hit single in 1970

 

Bobby Bloom - He is known best for being a one-hit wonder with the 1970 song, "Montego Bay," which was co-written with and produced by Jeff Barry

 

Barry Bostwick - Their sole album, released in 1970, was produced by Jeff Barry, and generated a minor "Billboard" hit single, "Lady Love"


1971

In 1971 Barry moved from New York to California, where he had a production and administration deal with A&M Records for several years add something

 

Dusty Springfield - She recorded some songs with producer Jeff Barry in early 1971, which were intended for an album to be released by Atlantic Records


1972

Between 1972 and 1975, he produced hit singles for Nino Tempo and April Stevens and the a cappella vocal group The Persuasions add something


1985

Their professional and personal partnerships were the subject of the 1985 Broadway jukebox musical "Leader of the Pack" add something


1990

In 1990, Barry co-produced the theme song for the television series based on "Where's Waldo-" add something


1991

In May 1991, Barry and Greenwich were inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame add something


2004

In 2004, Rolling Stone's list of the 500 greatest rock songs included six Greenwich-Barry compositions, more than by any other non-performing songwriting team add something


 

Barry and Greenwich were among the 2010 recipients of the Ahmet Ertegun award from the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame add something


2016

In 2016, Barry composed songs for the musical theater show "Jambalaya The Musical" along with his production partner, Clarence Jey, a US Billboard and viral record producer add something