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Jeff Barry - Biography

A brief rundown of Jeff's illustrious career ... or as brief as one can make of such an illustrious career!

Born Joel Adelberg in Brooklyn, New York on 1938, the boy who would become Jeff Barry must have had an early affinity for music.  When he was seven years old, his mother wrote down a song he'd made up.  It went something like this: "Got a gun, got a saddle, got a pony too / I've even got a sweetheart, that sweetheart is you."  Yup, this child was really into cowboys as well as music.  He had the cowboy hat, outfit, pistols, you name it ... everything but an actual pinto pony, more than likely, and he would've had that too if it had been at all possible; however, life in the city wasn't conducive to horse-keeping.
Jeff's childhood was unspectacular, as childhoods go; he was neither a blueblood nor a delinquent.  His family was working-class Jewish, not at all unusual for the times or the neighborhood.  There was a Depression going on, and World War II was just around the corner.  Jeff's father, an insurance salesman, was blind; his sister was mentally retarded.  Life wasn't always easy, or fair.  When Jeff was seven, his parents divorced and his mother moved him and his sister to Plainfield, New Jersey, where they resided for several years before returning to New York.  Those formative years gave Jeff an undelectable taste of poverty and shaped him into the man he would later become - street-smart, talented, and successful on every scale, along with a sensitivity and a somewhat melancholic nature that would never leave him.

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