Brooklyn-born Jeff Barry enjoyed his first major hit song with "Tell Laura I Love Her," with a number one recording by Ray Peterson. At the time, Barry, who graduated from Erasmus Hall High School, had just completed his second year at the New York School of Industrial Design. He left college to accept a long-hoped-for job in the music business that of staff songwriter for the EB Marks Music publishing firm, under the supervision of publishing magnate and book author, Arnold Shaw.
His activities in the New York music scene eventually led to a meeting with the songwriter, Ellie Greenwich, who soon thereafter became his wife and partner in Red Bird Records, a company in which they shared ownership with record man George Goldner, and the high-flying songwriters, Jerry Leiber and Mike Stoller. Red Bird became a veritable home of the hits for Barry and his colleagues with the hot vocal group, The Dixie Cups, leading the way with such single smashes as "Chapel Of Love," "Iko Iko" and "People Say." One of their all-time classics of that era, The Shangri-Las' "Leader of the Pack," also was on the Red Bird label.
Following a decision by the couple to divorce in 1966, Barry continued writing independently and the following year initiated a new label, Steed Records. The Steed operation became the pathway to stardom for the singer, 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."
As a writer, co-writer and/or producer, Jeff Barry's credits are to…
(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