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Birth name
Leonard Borisoff

Len Barry

Singer, songwriter


Years active
1958 – Present

Overbrook High School

Associated acts
The Dovells

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June 12, 1942 (age 81) West Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States (

Cameo-Parkway, Brunswick, RCA, Decca

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Pop music, Rhythm and blues, Soul music

Similar People
John Medora, Bobby Eli, Lou Christie, Eddie Holland, Roy Head

Music group
The Dovells (1957 – 1965)

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Len Barry (born Leonard Borisoff on June 12, 1942 in West Philadelphia) is an American vocalist, songwriter, and record producer.


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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.

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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".

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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.

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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).

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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.

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.


  • The song "1-2-3" was featured on the soundtrack for the film Mr. Holland's Opus.
  • "1-2-3" was one of the songs that appeared in John Lennon's jukebox.
  • Motown Records sued the songwriters, Len Barry and Dave White, claiming that "1-2-3" was a reworked copy of the Holland-Dozier-Holland song "Ask Any Girl". The songwriters share co-writers credit with Holland-Dozier-Holland's getting equal credit for writing "1-2-3" as noted on the Billboard Top 10 official album.
  • In December 2005, Welsh singer-songwriter Cerys Matthews recorded a new version of "1-2-3" in Nashville, Tennessee.
  • In 1994, Scottish star Edwyn Collins sampled "1-2-3" for part of his hit "A Girl Like You".
  • Len Barry was nominated for a Grammy Award Contemporary Rock & Roll Male Vocal Performance in 1966 for his hit "1-2-3".
  • Albums

  • 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
  • References

    Len Barry Wikipedia