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Ellie Greenwich & Jeff Barry

Ellie Greenwich & Jeff Barry

Ellie Greenwich and Jeff Barry were yet another young married composer partnership – rounding out the young triumvirate of King/Goffin and Mann/Weil.  Ellie Greenwich was born Eleanor Louise Greenwich in Brooklyn New York.  She met up with another New Yorker – Jeff Barry and eventually married in 1962.  Both writers began their careers apart – joining composition efforts after their marriage.  Perhaps not as versatile in writing style as Carol King and Gerry Goffin, the duo early in their joint-career – was a major force on the teen scene and put down a sound for the ages with classics such as “Da Doo Ron, Ron”, “Doo Wa Diddy, Diddy”, “I Have a Boyfriend”, “Baby I Love You”, “The Kind of Boy You Can’t Forget”, “Give Us Your Blessing”, “Be My Baby” and so many more.  The music was in their blood and they jumped into the action forming the group The Raindrops – which was actually a studio concoction but which took off with a string of hits (“That Boy John”, “The Kind of Boy You Can’t Forget”, and “What a Guy”), prompting them to add Ellie’s sister to the act and take to the road.

Their hey day had mostly passed after the very early 1970’s.  Jeff Barry formed Steed Records during that time and managed a string of pop hits.  Later their classics would surface time and time again both in the U.S. and the U.K. by a broad spectrum of acts from Shaun Cassidy – to Wilson Pickett and Twisted Sister to name a few.

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The Barry/Greenwich Hit Tally:

92 songs enter the Hot 100 (or “Bubbling Under”)

35 songs entering other charts (R&B – Country – Adult Contemporary or the U.K.)

127 total chart songs

24 Songs entered Billboard’s Top 20

17 Songs entered Billboard’s Top 10

8 Songs achieved Billboard’s #1 position

1960: UK Charts #1

1960: UK Charts #1

1960: U.S. Charts Hot 100 #7

1960: U.S. Charts Hot 100 #7

1960: U.S. Charts Hot 100 #50 - R&B #22

1960: U.S. Charts Hot 100 #50 – R&B #22

1961: U.S. Charts Hot 100 #51

1961: U.S. Charts Hot 100 #51

1962: UK Charts #2

1962: UK Charts #2

1962: U.S. Charts Hot 100 #10

1962: U.S. Charts Hot 100 #10

1962: U.S. Charts Hot 100 #74

1962: U.S. Charts Hot 100 #74

1963: U.S. Charts Hot 100 #3 - R&B #5 - UK #5

1963: U.S. Charts Hot 100 #3 – R&B #5 – UK #5

1963: U.S. Charts Hot 100 #41 - R&B #25

1963: U.S. Charts Hot 100 #41 – R&B #25

1963: U.S. Charts Hot 100 #6 - R&B #8 - UK #2

1963: U.S. Charts Hot 100 #6 – R&B #8 – UK #2

1963: U.S. Charts Hot 100 #17 - R&B #27

1963: U.S. Charts Hot 100 #17 – R&B #27

1963: U.S. Charts Hot 100 #2 0- R&B #4 - UK #4

1963: U.S. Charts Hot 100 #2 0- R&B #4 – UK #4

1963: U.S. Charts Hot 100 #1 R&B #6 UK #11

1963: U.S. Charts Hot 100 #1 R&B #6 UK #11

1963: U.S. Charts Hot 100 #26

1963: U.S. Charts Hot 100 #26

1963: U.S. Charts Hot 100 #70

1963: U.S. Charts Hot 100 #70

1963: U.S. Charts Hot 100 #96

1963: U.S. Charts Hot 100 #96

1963: U.S. Charts Hot 100 #95

1963: U.S. Charts Hot 100 #95

1963: U.S. Charts Hot 100 #64

1963: U.S. Charts Hot 100 #64

1963: U.S. Charts Hot 100 #53 - R&B #29

1963: U.S. Charts Hot 100 #53 – R&B #29

1964: U.S. Charts Hot 100 #98 - R&B #27

1964: U.S. Charts Hot 100 #98 – R&B #27

1964: U.S. Charts Hot 100 #9 R&B #7

1964: U.S. Charts Hot 100 #9 R&B #7

1964: U.S. Charts Hot 100 #51 R&B #21

1964: U.S. Charts Hot 100 #51 R&B #21

1964: U.S. Charts Hot 100 #27

1964: U.S. Charts Hot 100 #27

1964: U.S. Charts Hot 100 #97

1964: U.S. Charts Hot 100 #97

1964: U.S. Charts Hot 100 #92 - R&B #32

1964: U.S. Charts Hot 100 #92 – R&B #32

1964: U.S. Charts Hot 100 #42

1964: U.S. Charts Hot 100 #42

1964: U.S. Charts Hot 100 #71 R&B #47

1964: U.S. Charts Hot 100 #71 R&B #47

1964: U.S. Charts Hot 100 #51

1964: U.S. Charts Hot 100 #51

1964: U.S. Charts Hot 100 #12 R&B #7

1964: U.S. Charts Hot 100 #12 R&B #7

1964: U.S. Charts Hot 100 #14 UK #20

1964: U.S. Charts Hot 100 #14 UK #20

1964: U.S. Charts Hot 100 #1 UK #1

1964: U.S. Charts Hot 100 #1 UK #1

1964: UK Charts #36

1964: UK Charts #36

1964: U.S. Charts Hot 100 #1 - UK #22

1964: U.S. Charts Hot 100 #1 – UK #22

1964: U.S. Charts Hot 100 #39

1964: U.S. Charts Hot 100 #39

1964: UK Charts #43

1964: UK Charts #43

1964: U.S. Charts Hot 100 #1 R&B #8 UK #11

1964: U.S. Charts Hot 100 #1 R&B #8 UK #11

1964: U.S. Charts Hot 100 #51

1964: U.S. Charts Hot 100 #51

1965: U.S. Charts Hot 100 #53

1965: U.S. Charts Hot 100 #53

1965: U.S. Charts Hot 100 #100

1965: U.S. Charts Hot 100 #100

1965: U.S. Charts Hot 100 #29

1965: U.S. Charts Hot 100 #29

1965: U.S. Charts Bubbling Under #117

1965: U.S. Charts Bubbling Under #117

1966: U.S. Charts Hot 100 #1 R&B 39 UK #38

1966: U.S. Charts Hot 100 #1 R&B 39 UK #38

1966: U.S. Charts Hot 100 #88 UK #3

1966: U.S. Charts Hot 100 #88 UK #3

1966: U.S. Charts Hot 100 #100

1966: U.S. Charts Hot 100 #100

1967: U.S. Charts Hot 100 #69

1967: U.S. Charts Hot 100 #69

1967: UK Charts #4

1967: UK Charts #4

1968: U.S. Charts Hot 100 #49

1968: U.S. Charts Hot 100 #49

1968: U.S. Charts Hot 100 #21

1968: U.S. Charts Hot 100 #21

1968: U.S. Charts Hot 100 #22

1968: U.S. Charts Hot 100 #22

1968: U.S. Charts Hot 100 #31

1968: U.S. Charts Hot 100 #31

1969: U.S. Charts Hot 100 #53

1969: U.S. Charts Hot 100 #53

1969: U.S. Charts Bubbling Under #112 UK #33

1969: U.S. Charts Bubbling Under #112 UK #33

1969: U.S. Charts Hot 100 #1 - UK #1

1969: U.S. Charts Hot 100 #1 – UK #1

1969: U.S. Charts Hot 100 #32

1969: U.S. Charts Hot 100 #32

1969: U.S. Charts Hot 100 #24 UK #10

1969: U.S. Charts Hot 100 #24 UK #10

1969: U.S. Charts Hot 100 #9

1969: U.S. Charts Hot 100 #9

1969: U.S. Charts Hot 100 #10

1969: U.S. Charts Hot 100 #10

1969: U.S. Charts Bubbling Under #110

1969: U.S. Charts Bubbling Under #110

1969: U.S. Charts Hot 100 #36

1969: U.S. Charts Hot 100 #36

1970: U.S. Charts Hot 100 #90

1970: U.S. Charts Hot 100 #90

1970: U.S. Charts Hot 100 #24 R&B #4

1970: U.S. Charts Hot 100 #24 R&B #4

1970: U.S. Charts Hot 100 #8 UK #3

1970: U.S. Charts Hot 100 #8 UK #3

1970: U.S. Charts Bubbling Under #102

1970: U.S. Charts Bubbling Under #102

1970: U.S. Charts Hot 100 #57

1970: U.S. Charts Hot 100 #57

1970: U.S. Charts Hot 100 #85

1970: U.S. Charts Hot 100 #85

1970: U.S. Charts Hot 100 #98

1970: U.S. Charts Hot 100 #98

1970: U.S. Charts Hot 100 #40

1970: U.S. Charts Hot 100 #40

1970: U.S. Charts Hot 100 #11

1970: U.S. Charts Hot 100 #11

1970: U.S. Charts Hot 100 #17

1970: U.S. Charts Hot 100 #17

1970:  U.S. Charts Hot 100 #12 R&B 7 UK #11

1970: U.S. Charts Hot 100 #12 R&B 7 UK #11

1971:  U.S. Charts Hot 100 #92 - R&B #31

1971: U.S. Charts Hot 100 #92 – R&B #31

1971: UK Charts #12

1971: UK Charts #12

1971: UK Charts #31

1971: UK Charts #31

1971:  U.S. Charts Hot 100 #80

1971: U.S. Charts Hot 100 #80

 1971: U.S. Charts Hot 100 #27 R&B #6

1971: U.S. Charts Hot 100 #27 R&B #6

1971:  U.S. Charts Hot 100 #93

1971: U.S. Charts Hot 100 #93

1972:  U.S. Charts Hot 100 #96

1972: U.S. Charts Hot 100 #96

1972: UK Charts #8

1972: UK Charts #8

1972: UK Charts #51

1972: UK Charts #51

1972: UK Charts #32

1972: UK Charts #32

1972: UK Charts #32

1972: UK Charts #32

1973: U.S. Charts Bubbling Under #122

1973: U.S. Charts Bubbling Under #122

1973:  U.S. Charts bubbling Under #122

1973: U.S. Charts bubbling Under #122

1973: U.S. Charts Bubbling Under 115

1973: U.S. Charts Bubbling Under 115

1973: U.S. Charts Hot 100 #53 - R&B #78

1973: U.S. Charts Hot 100 #53 – R&B #78

1974: U.S. Charts Hot 100 #1 - C&W #6 UK #22

1974: U.S. Charts Hot 100 #1 – C&W #6 UK #22

1974: UK Charts #51

1974: UK Charts #51

1974: UK Charts #51

1974: UK Charts #51

1974: UK Charts #15

1974: UK Charts #15

1976: UK Charts #7

1976: UK Charts #7

1995: UK Charts #26

1995: UK Charts #26

1990: UK Charts #30

1990: UK Charts #30

1986: US Charts Hot 100 #4

1986: US Charts Hot 100 #4

1985: US Charts Hot 100 #53 - UK #47

1985: US Charts Hot 100 #53 – UK #47

1084: US Charts Hot 100 #40 R&B #2

1084: US Charts Hot 100 #40 R&B #2

1983: UK Charts #52

1983: UK Charts #52

1981: UK Charts #39

1981: UK Charts #39

1980: UK Charts #22

1980: UK Charts #22

1980: UK Charts #8

1980: UK Charts #8

1977: UK Charts #51

1977: UK Charts #51

1977: US Charts Hot 100 #1

1977: US Charts Hot 100 #1

Chart Records Not Illustrated Above

  • Andy Kim – I Wish I Were – March 1971 – Hot 100 #62

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