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Jeff Barry


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Jeff Barry is a music born Joel Adelberg on April 3, 1938 in Brooklyn, New York. Inducted into the Songwriter’s Hall of Fame in 1991, he’s had a long career writing hits for multiple artists such as Gary Stewart’s “Out of Hand” and Olivia Newton-John’s “I Honestly Love You”, a track named ‘Song of the Year’ by the American Music Awards. He also has worked in TV, writing the theme songs to programs such as ‘One Day at a Time’ and ‘Family Ties’.

After graduating from Erasmus Hall High School, Jeff did a stint in the Army and then returned to New York where he attended City College His main aspiration, as he soon came to acknowledge, was to become a singer: Once he realized that he spent more time performing than studying, Jeff cut his college career short. In 1958 Jeff found himself signed to RCA Records courtesy of music publisher Arnold Shaw. (Around this time, wanting a more show-bizzy name, the budding young talent rechristened himself - borrowing his new first name Jeff from the actor Jeff Chandler, and surname Barry from friends of the family.)

Jeff recorded several singles for the label, including the self-penned “It’s Called Rock and Roll” backed with “Hip Couple,” released in 1959. Before long, it became apparent that the powers that be were more interested in the songs Jeff wrote than in Jeff the singer, and his career took a different turn from the path he’d envisioned for himself.

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