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Len Barry

voc, *1942 US, Philadelphia
Singer / Songwriter / Producer of R&B/Soul and Pop
A.k.a. Leonard W. Borisoff Leonard Borisoff

Blue-eyed soul vocalist Len Barry paced several hits of the early '60s, both as a member of Dovells and as a solo act. Born in Philadelphia in 1942, he debuted on wax as the vocalist for the 1958 single "Mope-Itty Mope," as recorded by the Boss-Tones. He formed the group that became Dovells in 1957, and sang along on their Top Ten hits "The Bristol Stomp" and "You Can't Sit Down." Barry quit the group in late 1963 though, and soon signed with Decca as a solo act. The single "1-2-3" became a big hit in 1965, and just missed topping the charts. Amidst quickly changing times, however, Barry hit the Top 40 just twice more, with the early 1966 follow-ups "Like a Baby" and "Somewhere" (the latter from West Side Story). He continued performing his entertaining stage act, and later moved into production as well.

        
Genres
  • R&B/Soul
  • Pop
  • Rock
  • Soundtrack
Popular Tracks   
123 on Len Barry Meets Johnny Caswell by Len Barry & Johnny Caswell
Like a Baby on Len Barry Meets Johnny Caswell by Len Barry & Johnny Caswell
1 2 3 - Re-Recorded on One Hit Wonders by Various Artists
You Can't Sit Down on Len Barry by Len Barry
123 on Easy As 123 - [The Dave Cash Collection] by Len Barry
1-2-3 on Black Like Me by Len Barry
I'll Always Need You on The Lost LP by Len Barry
I'm In Love on The Lost LP by Len Barry
When You Call Me Baby on The Lost LP by Len Barry
Girl You're Too Young on The Best of Philly Soul - Vol. 1 by Len Barry

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Discography



Title Artist Year Type
Len Barry's Greatest Hits The Original MastersLen Barry2008Compil.
I'll Always Need You / When You Call Me Baby / I'm In Love / Love, Love, LoveLen Barry2007Single
I'm In Love / Love, Love, LoveLen Barry2006Single
The Amazing Len Barry Sings His Greatest HitsLen Barry2006Compil.
I'll Always Need YouLen Barry2006Single
The Best Of Philly Soul Vol.1Len Barry2005Compil.
The Very Best Of - Original Master RecordingsLen Barry1995Compil.
1-2-3 / Rescue Me / Wade In The WaterLen Barry / Fontella Bass / Ramsey Lewis1989Single
1-2-3 / Like A Baby / I Struck It Rich / It's That Time Of YearLen Barry1978Album
RockinLen Barry1975Single
1-2-3Len Barry1974Compil.
Come See The Sun (Ven A Ver El Sol) / Heaven And Earth (Cielo Y Tierra)Malcolm Dodds / Len Barry1974Single
Heaven + EarthLen Barry1973Single
Heaven & EarthLen Barry1973Single
Heaven + EarthLen Barry1973Single
Diggin' LifeLen Barry1972Single
Ups And DownsLen Barry1972Album
1-2-3 / You BabyLen Barry1972Single
Put Out The Fire / Spread It On Like ButterLen Barry1969Single
1-2-3 / Like A BabyLen Barry1969Single
Keem-O-SabeLen Barry1969Single
456 (Now I'm Alone) / Funky NightLen Barry1968Single
Christopher Columbus / You're My Picasso BabyLen Barry1968Single
Sweet & Funky / I Like The WayLen Barry1968Single
Come Rain Or Come Shine / The ABC's Of LoveLen Barry1967Single
All Those Memories / Rainy Side Of The StreetLen Barry1967Single
The Moving Finger WritesLen Barry1967Single
My Kind Of SoulLen Barry1967Album
It's A Crying ShameLen Barry1966Single
You Baby / Would I Love You?Len Barry1966Single
It's A Crying GameLen Barry1966Single
SomewhereLen Barry1966Single
Like A BabyLen Barry1966Single
It's A Crying Shame / SomewhereLen Barry1966Single
Somewhere / It's A Cryin' ShameLen Barry1966Single
1-2-3Len Barry1966Single
1-2-3Len Barry1966Single
It's That Time Of The Year / Happily Ever AfterLen Barry1966Single
1-2-3Len Barry1965Single
1-2-3Len Barry1965Single
1 - 2 - 3Len Barry1965Single
1-2-3Len Barry1965Album
1 - 2 - 3Len Barry1965Single
Lip Sync (To The Tongue Twisters)Len Barry1965Single
Sings With The DovellsLen Barry1965Album
Hearts Are TrumpLen Barry1965Single
I Struck It RichLen Barry1965Single
1 - 2 - 3Len Barry1965Single
1-2-3Len Barry1965Single
Don't Come BackLen Barry1964Single
More From The 1-2-3 ManLen BarryCompil.
A Child Is Born * Wouldn't It Be BeautifulLen BarrySingle
1 - 2 - 3 / Lip SyncLen BarrySingle
Let's Do It AgainLen BarrySingle
Samantha / 1 - 2 - 3The Embers / Len BarrySingle
1 - 2 - 3Len BarrySingle
Bob & Carol & Ted & Alice / In My Present State Of MindLen BarrySingle
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