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Steve Barri

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Steve Barri (born Steven Barry Lipkin in Brooklyn, New York on February 23, 1942) is an American songwriter and record producer.

Early in his career Barri was a staff writer with Dunhill Records. He frequently collaborated with P.F. Sloan, and the partners were responsible for the success of The Grass Roots and contributed largely to the band’s first album. Barri also wrote and/or produced many other hit songs in the 1960s and 1970s, including “You Baby” by The Turtles, “A Must to Avoid” by Herman’s Hermits and “Secret Agent Man” (the theme from the TV series Secret Agent) by Johnny Rivers.

After Dunhill was acquired by ABC Records, Barri stayed on as head of Artists & Repertory (A&R) where he focused on signing and producing new artists such as Bubblegum Pop group Bo Donaldson and The Heywoods… ABC Records was dissolved in 1977 and Barri was hired as A&R head at Warner Bros. Records, where he co-produced John Sebastian’s 1976 album Welcome Back and produced Alan O’Day’s 1977 #1 single “Undercover Angel.” Barri also produced O’Day’s followup single “Skinny Girls,” which went to #1 in Australia. Barri moved again to Motown Records in 1982.

In 1998 Barri joined Gold Circle Entertainment / Samson Records as a producer, and was promoted to senior vice president in 2001.

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