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Len Barry

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Len Barry

Background information

Birth name

Leonard Borisoff

June 12, 1942 (age 69) Born West Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States


Pop, Blue-eyed soul


Singer, songwriter

Years active



Brunswick, RCA, Decca

Associated acts The Dovells

Len Barry (born Leonard Borisoff, June 12, 1942, West Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States)[1] is a retired American vocalist, songwriter and record producer.


1 Career 2 Legacy 3 Discography o 3.1 Singles 3.1.1 The Dovells (as lead singer) 3.1.2 Solo o 3.2 Albums 4 See also 5 References 6 Additional sources 7 External links

[edit] Career
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 baseball player upon his graduation. It was not until he entered military service and had occasion to sing with the Army bands, and was so encouraged by the response of his soldier audiences, that he decided to make music a career.[2] Upon his discharge from military service, Barry returned home to Philadelphia and joined The Dovells as their lead singer. His is the lead voice on 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 gold disc.[3] Barry also made film appearances with The Dovells in films such as Don't Knock the Twist, as well as guest appearances on US television on The Dick Clark Show, Shindig, and Hullabaloo. Soon after leaving the group, Barry recorded his first solo single "Lip Sync".[3] As a predominately blue-eyed soul singer, he recorded two hits in 1965 for Decca Records in the US and released by Brunswick Records in the UK: "1-2-3", and "Like a Baby", both of which made the Top Ten of the UK Singles Chart.[4] Those songs also peaked at #2 and #27 on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100 chart respectively. "1-2-3" sold over one and three quarter million copies, and gave Barry his second gold disc.[3] Both "1-2-3" and "Like a Baby" were composed by Barry,