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3 April 1938, Brooklyn, New York, USA. Barry began his music career as a singer, completing several singles for RCA Records and Decca Records between 1959 and 1962. He also enjoyed concurrent success as a songwriter, most notably with Tell Laura I Love Her, a US Top 10 hit for Ray Peterson and a UK number 1 for Ricky Valance. In 1961 Barry was contracted to Trinity Music, for whom he completed over 100 compositions and gained valuable experience in arranging, producing and recording demos. Although Barry collaborated with several partners, his relationship with Ellie Greenwich would prove to be the most enduring. Together they wrote for Leslie Gore (Maybe I Know), the Four Pennies (When The Boys Happy) and the Exciters / Manfred Mann (Do Wah Diddy Diddy) and, as the Raindrops, recorded a US Top 20 hit, The Kind Of Boy You Cant Forget. However, the couple, who were now married, are best recalled...