Len Barry

Genres: Pop / Rock
Descriptive "tags": 60s northern soul oldies soul canadian pop blue eyed soul Powered by AudioScrobbler
Decades Active: 1960s 1990s
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Biography

Leonard Borisoff, 6 December 1942, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA. Barry began his career as the anonymous vocalist on the Bosstones’ 1958 single ‘Mope-Itty Mope’ before joining the Dovells between 1961 and 1963. As a solo artist, his white soul vocals were best exemplified on the scintillating chart-topper ‘1-2-3’ and the similarly paced ‘Like A Baby’. With his sharp suits and clean-cut image, Barry seemed a Philadelphia teen-idol chronologically cut adrift in 1965, and his contention that long-haired groups were on the way out caused a few ripples in the pop press. Although he enjoyed another minor hit in the USA with the West Side Story anthem ‘Somewhere’, the song had already charted in the UK courtesy of P.J. Proby. During the psychedelic boom of the late 60s, Barry went out of fashion and gradually toned down his lively stage act for cabaret purposes. By the end of the decade and through the 70s, he moved into...

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