1-2-3 (Len Barry song)
|"1 - 2 - 3"|
|Single by Len Barry|
|from the album 1 - 2 - 3|
|Genre||Blue-eyed soul, pop|
Brunswick 05942 (UK)
|Writer(s)||John Medora, David White, Len Barry|
|Producer(s)||John Medora, David White|
|Len Barry singles chronology|
"1 - 2 - 3" is a 1965 song written and recorded by Len Barry. The song was co-written by John Madara (John Medora) and David White. The recording's chorus and accompaniment was arranged by Jimmy Wisner. The single was released in 1965 on the American Decca label. The writers were sued by Motown Records at the time, claiming that the song is a reworking of Holland-Dozier-Holland's "Ask Any Girl" released by The Supremes as the B-side to their single "Baby Love" the year before. They denied the claim, but after two years of litigation, agreed to give the Motown writers 15% of the song's writing and publishing royalties. Holland-Dozier-Holland are listed as co-authors by BMI. The personnel on the Original recording included Vinnie Bell, Bobby Eli and Sal Ditroia on guitar, Joe Macho on Bass, Artie Butler on Percussion, Leon Huff on piano, Artie Kaplan on sax, Bill Tole and Roswell Rudd on Trombone, Lee Morgan on trumpet, Fred Hubbard on clarinet, and Bobby Gregg on drums.
"1-2-3" reached #2 in the US Billboard chart and #3 on the UK Singles Chart. "1-2-3" also went to number 11 on the Billboard R&B chart. It sold over one and three quarter million copies, and was awarded a gold disc.
It was also a Top 10 hit in both Australia, where it went to #7, and in Ireland, where it went to #8.
|United States (Billboard Hot 100)||2|
|United States (Billboard R&B Singles Chart)||11|
|United Kingdom (Record Retailer)||3|
|United Kingdom (NME)||1|
- Jane Morgan covered the song for the easy listening market. Her version reached No. 16 in 1966 on the Billboard Easy Listening chart and spent nine weeks on the chart.
- Jan & Dean covered the song in 1966 for their album, Filet of Soul.
- In 1980, the disco/dance group Salazar, peaked at number 60 on the US Billboard Hot Dance/Disco chart with their version of the song.
- Doug Bennett, of the Canadian pop band Doug and the Slugs, covered the song on his 1986 solo album, Animato. It was also included on the 1987 compilation album, Doug and the Slugs.
- In 1994, it was sampled in Scottish musician Edwyn Collins' single A Girl Like You, becoming the singer's biggest hit.
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