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Welcome to
Jeff Barry: The Man and His Music
 
 
 
 

Jeff Barry

Songwriter and Producer for legendary rock 'n' roll acts including The Crystals, The Ronettes, The Shangri-Las,
The Monkees, The Archies, and many others

Davy Jones of The Monkees passed away suddenly on February 29, 2012 - a sudden and tragic loss
My tribute to Davy on the Oldies Connection blog - Davy Jones: Farewell, Daydream Believer
Jeff Barry produced several tracks for The Monkees, including "I'm a Believer" and "A Little Bit Me, A Little Bit You." He also wrote a few songs for the group. Check out the In Memoriam page for a video of Davy and the guys performing one of Jeff's songs.
 


A sad loss for the music world:

Jerry Leiber
April 25, 1933 - August 22, 2011

My tribute: Jerry Leiber, R.I.P.


February 2010 - Jeff Barry interview by Jeffrey Moehlis on Music-Illuminati.com.  Well written, comprehensive, educational, and interesting to read - click here to check it out!

December 2009 - Congratulations to Jeff Barry for his induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame!  Jeff, along with the late Ellie Greenwich, is among the nonperformers who will be receiving the Ahmet Ertegun Award at the RRHOF induction ceremony in March 2010.  To see the complete list of 2010 inductees, click on the link to visit the official Rock Hall website.

In Memoriam, a tribute to friends of Jeff Barry who are no longer with us

Jeff Moehlis, contributor for the Noozhawk.com website, conducted an interview with Jeff Barry last year, an excerpt from which has just been published on the site in honor of Jeff's induction into the Rock Hall.  Click on the preceding link to read the article.

Jeff Barry made an "appearance" in an Archie comic back in 1969, a page from which is now posted on the cool blog On My Mind - check it out!
 

 
Many thanks to Artie Wayne on the Web for featuring this website in his June 22, 2009 post, HAPPY DAY AFTER FATHER'S DAY - very much appreciated, Artie!
 

 
 
 

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Jeff Barry is one of a host of top songwriters featured in The Story Behind the Song, a new book in the Chicken Soup for the Soul series.  This book focuses on how, when and why 101 of the world's most popular tunes came into being, with composers sharing their inspirations and influences.  Jeff gives readers the history of one of his personal favorites, "Walkin' in the Sun" - which as dedicated Jeff Barry fans might recall was inspired by his father - as well as his first hit as a songwriter, "Tell Laura I Love Her." 
 
The book was written by Jo-Ann Geffen along with veteran Chicken Soup for the Soul authors Jack Canfield and Mark Victor Hansen.  Foreword is by Lamont Dozier (from the prolific hitmaking team of Holland-Dozier-Holland).

NEW CD!  Do-Wah-Diddy: Words and Music by Ellie Greenwich and Jeff Barry.  Click on the graphic to the left for details and to order from Amazon.com!


Open Letter to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Foundation

Please check out the YouTube player on the Videos Page!
Exclusive to this site, my essay - The Many Colors of Jeff Barry
The Jeff Barry Group on YouTube - showcasing videos that feature music written and/or produced by Jeff.

Please visit the Jeff Barry Fan Page on MySpace

My essay, Mr. Music Man: A Glimpse Into the Life and Career of Jeff Barry, is on the Spectropop site; just click on the link above!

 
Laura Speaks - Impressions from the webmistress

The Archie Show

Headquarters

Pisces, Aquarius

The Archies' first album - on CD!
 
Andy Kim's Steed albums
 
are now on CD as well
 

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Jeff Barry has been a major force in the music business since rock and roll's Golden Era, when New York's Brill Building churned out young talent and hit records by the dozens . . . when girl groups in miniskirts and teased beehive hairdos were all the rage, and when rock and roll music was actually melodic, with lyrics young people could understand and relate to.

Jeff Barry's first Top Ten song was "Tell Laura I Love Her."  Ray Peterson recorded it, and the song reached #7 on the U.S. Billboard charts in 1960, instantly propelling Jeff Barry to the status of hit songwriter.  Barry would go on to write dozens of hit songs for artists such as Darlene Love, The Crystals, The Ronettes, The Shangri-La's, The Dixie Cups, Bobby Bloom, Andy Kim, Tommy James and The Shondells, Manfred Mann, The Beach Boys, and Olivia Newton-John.   He'd work alongside the likes of Jerry Leiber, Mike Stoller, Don Kirshner and Phil Spector.  He'd produce for artists such as Neil Diamond, Dusty Springfield, The Drifters, The McCoys, Sha-Na-Na, John Travolta, Lisa Hartman Black, The Monkees, and The Archies.  He'd compose for movies (The Idolmaker), television ("The Jeffersons," "Family Ties") and Broadway (The Boy from Oz).

This web site is a loving tribute to one of the most successful and prolific writer/producers in the history of popular music.  Don "Stuffed Animal" Charles (who researched and compiled the biography and musical credits on the following pages) and Laura "Pineapple Princess" Pinto crafted this gift to the man we call The Godfather of Rock and Roll.  From "I Honestly Love You" (composer) to "I'm a Believer" (producer) to "Sugar, Sugar" (both) . . . from pop songs with simple lyrics and simple melodic lines to country/western,  gospel and  reggae. . . to the joyful sounds of hands clapping, the frenzied shaking of tambourines and the infectious rhythms of a steel drum . . . Jeff Barry's role in 20th century music cannot be overstated, and his influence in our everyday lives is indisputable.

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DISCLAIMER: While a fair amount of the content presented here was compiled expressly for this site, we have also included essays on Jeff Barry that have been previously published (in magazines and/or on web sites), as well as some material that had previously been written in contemplation of publication.  Although all material has been exhaustively researched and to the best of our knowledge is factually accurate, the opinions expressed therein do not necessarily reflect those of Jeff Barry or Jeff Barry International. All the content on this site is presented for information and entertainment purposes only.

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Please visit Laura's Oldies Sites for a list of other sites I run, including those for The Dixie Cups and Ron Dante of The Archies.
 
 

Note:  Jeff Barry: The Man and His Music is a fan site owned and maintained by Laura Pinto.  Laura is a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for sites to earn advertising fees by advertising and linking to Amazon.com.