LEN BARRY (LEONARD BORISOFF)
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LEN BARRY Singer – Songwriter – Record Producer If you were a big Philadelphia music fan back in the 1960's then chances are you turned up the volume when the sugary soulful voice of homegrown legend Len Barry hit the airwaves with one of his many worldwide hits. Born Leonard Borisoff, Barry broke big into the music business as the lead singer of Philly's Dovells when 1961's "The Bristol Stomp" hit #2 on the Billboard charts earning the group a gold record. Barry quickly followed that up with another hit record, "You Can't Sit Down" which peaked at #3 on the Billboard chart. As a Dovell, Barry toured with James Brown and made a film appearance in the movie "Don't Knock the Twist" with Chubby Checker. Barry had even greater success after leaving the group, when his 1965 song "1-2-3" which he also penned, hit #2 on The Billboard Hot 100 and #3 in the UK, earning him another gold disc and a Grammy Award nomination for best contemporary rock 'n' roll male vocal performance of the year. Barry became a huge singing sensation in the UK, toured the UK with the Motown Revue as well as featured performances at The London Palladium and Royal Albert Hall. He also appeared on "Top of the Pops" and thrilled fans with guest appearances on Dick Clark's "Bandstand" as well as "Shindig" and "Hullabaloo." Barry was an international singing star but was also a prolific songwriter and record producer, writing hit singles "Zoom" for Philadelphia's Fat Larry's Band and "Love Train" for Booker Newberry III. Barry died on November 5th 2020 and is survived by his son, Spencer and daughter Bia along with grandchildren Baye and Jack and daughter-in-law Helicia and son-in-law Bob.

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Published in Legacy from Nov. 6 to Nov. 7, 2020.
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November 23, 2020
My condolences to the family and friends of
Mr. Berry for your loss.
Joe DeHoyos
Carlsbad, Texas - Sanatorium, Texas
United States of America ✝ !
Joe DeHoyos
November 22, 2020
RIP Mr. Barry ✝
I like your song 1, 2, 3.
That song represents to me and the black and white videos on you tube show a America of baseball, hot dogs, apple pie and Chevrolet, at that time, of good clean cut music.
Thanks for good music like 1, 2, 3, and thanks for your contributions to American musical history.
Joe DeHoyos
In West Texas USA ✝
Joe DeHoyos
November 20, 2020
I just learned about Len's passing. He was a great talent whose song 1-2- 3 was a favorite of mine. May his son and daughter know that their Dad was a music icon. He has many admirers who still love his songs. I am very sorry to hear that Len has left the stage too soon. AJ
November 15, 2020
I saw Len Barry perform his songs at a teen dance at "The Monterey" in Wilmington, DE, back in 1966. He had a fantastic voice and got our group motivated. Condolences to his daughter and son. He will be greatly missed. Nadine Buzgon Abowitz, Lititz, PA November 15, 2020
Nadine Abowitz
Friend
November 10, 2020
I LOVED Lenny & am Heart Broken of his Passing. He was a Friend to Me. We worked several projects together. Talked Politics, Economy. Sports with Me for Hours & We Laughed a Lot. I Will Miss Len Forever!!

My Condolences to His Family & Friends.

Sabrina-Marie ( Brie)
BRIE
Friend
November 10, 2020
Met him @ Deer Meadows.
Had a great chance to play keyboard for him and we both performed at Christmas times. Of course there was “1-2-3 song repeated between other songs. Also spend some time with my mom (there) and Len at dining room. RIP both, my mom and him
Wojciech HOLLENDER
Friend
November 9, 2020
My prayers to family of Len, I am sad today, Bristol Stomp gave me a lift in my darkest yr, 61, lost my mom at 35 yrs, heart valve problem. Met the Dovells, but not the same without Len, thanks for the great songs! W.mcnanara, 73.
William mcnamara
Acquaintance
November 9, 2020
What a great singer and a good looking guy loved his songs
Beverly
November 8, 2020
Loved Len Barry. Who can forget one two three and Sally’s saying something . Great entertainer . May he rest in peace
Marjorie Webb
Acquaintance
November 8, 2020
As I write this, I'm listening to 1-2-3. I got to know Len pretty well when he bartended at the Khyber Pass back in the early 80s when I lived around the corner. A great bartender and person. Gregarious, funny. Loved listening to his stories about music and playing basketball at Overbrook HS. Very sad to hear of his passing. RIP.
Jim Heenehan
Acquaintance
November 8, 2020
May The Lord find your family and your friends comfort during this time, RIP
Mitzi Rogers
Friend
November 8, 2020
May you rest in eternal musical paradise.
maria Pedersen
Friend
November 8, 2020
A good guy. Great songs, and lived in Philly. RIP Len
Andrea
November 8, 2020
So saddened to hear of Len,s passing . Enjoyed his Company when I cut his hair along with his Lovely Mom. Sadly will be missed. RIP
Diane Cervone
Friend
November 8, 2020
Rest in peace. Your music is a blessing in all our lives.
Bob Wigo
November 7, 2020
May Len Barry rest in eternal peace.
Georgiana Perry
Acquaintance
November 7, 2020
May you sing harmony in heaven as God blesses your family with the peace of his graces. Sing eternal Mr. Len Barry. Amen thank you for your wonderful gifts.
John Tereska
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