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Co-wrote the classics "Da Doo Ron Ron," "Then He Kissed Me," "Be My Baby," "River Deep, Mountain High" 


Brooklyn-born Jeff Barry graduated from the borough's former Erasmus Hall High School, known for distinguished alums such as Mae West, Neil Diamond, and Barbra Streisand. He enjoyed his first major success with "Tell Laura I Love Her," a number-one hit song by Ray Peterson in 1961. At the time, Barry had just completed his second year at the New York School of Industrial Design, but he left college to accept a job as a staff songwriter for the Edward B. Marks Music Company, a publishing house known for helping popularize and distribute classical music to amateur musicians.


Barry's activities on the Manhattan music scene eventually led to a meeting with the songwriter Ellie Greenwich, who soon thereafter became his wife and partner in Red Bird Records, which they co-owned with producer George Goldner and songwriters Jerry Leiber and Mike Stoller, a prolific pair known for classics like “Hound Dog” and “Yakety Yak.” Red Bird became an incubator for hits penned for the Dixie Cups, leading the way with single smashes like "Chapel Of Love," "Iko Iko" and "People Say." One of the all-time classics of that era, The Shangri-Las' "Leader of the Pack," also was on the Red Bird label.


Although Barry and Greenwich divorced in 1966, he continued writing independently and the following year started Steed Records. Steed became the pathway to stardom for Andy Kim, who came up with a series of hits including "How'd We Ever Get This Way," "Baby, I Love You," "Shoot 'Em Up, Baby," "Rainbow Ride" and "So Good Together." In 1966 Barry produced The Monkees' hit “I'm a Believer,” which went gold within two…

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Discography Highlights

(AND) THEN HE KISSED ME Phil Spector, Ellie Greenwich, Jeff Barry
Abkco Music, Inc./Mother Bertha Music, Inc./Trio Music Co., Inc./Universal Songs of Polygram

MOVIN’ ON UP Jeannette Du Bois, Jeff Barry
EMI Belfast Music, Inc./Steeplechase Music

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