1-2-3 (Len Barry song)

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"1 - 2 - 3"
Single by Len Barry
from the album 1 - 2 - 3
B-side "Bullseye"
Released October 1965
Format 7" single
Genre Blue-eyed soul, pop
Label Decca 31827
Brunswick 05942 (UK)
Writer(s) John Medora, David White, Len Barry
Producer(s) John Medora, David White
Len Barry singles chronology
"Lip Sync (to the Tongue Twisters)"
(1965)
"1 - 2 - 3"
(1965)
"Like a Baby"
(1966)

"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.[1][2] 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 2 years of litigation, agreed to give the Motown writers 15% of the song's writing and publishing royalties.[3] Holland-Dozier-Holland are listed as co-authors by BMI.[4] 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, and Bobby Gregg on drums.

"1-2-3" reached #2 in the US Billboard chart and #3 on the UK Singles Chart.[5] "1-2-3" also went to number 11 on the Billboard R&B chart.[6] It sold over one and three quarter million copies, and was awarded a gold disc.[7]

It was also a Top 10 hit in both Australia, where it went to #7, and in Ireland, where it went to #8.

Chart performance[edit]

Chart (1965) Peak
position
United States (Billboard Hot 100) 2[8]
United States (Billboard R&B Singles Chart) 11[8]
United Kingdom (Record Retailer) 3[9]
United Kingdom (NME) 1[10]

Legacy[11][edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Decca 31827". 45cat.com. 1965-07-31. Retrieved 2011-09-09. 
  2. ^ Len Barry: 1 - 2 - 3 at Discogs (list of releases)
  3. ^ "1 - 2 - 3". 
  4. ^ [1]
  5. ^ Roberts, David (2006). British Hit Singles & Albums (19th ed.). London: Guinness World Records Limited. p. 43. ISBN 1-904994-10-5. 
  6. ^ Whitburn, Joel (2004). Top R&B/Hip-Hop Singles: 1942-2004. Record Research. p. 49. 
  7. ^ Murrells, Joseph (1978). The Book of Golden Discs (2nd ed.). London: Barrie and Jenkins Ltd. p. 186. ISBN 0-214-20512-6. 
  8. ^ a b "allmusic ((( Len Barry > Charts & Awards > Billboard Singles )))". Allmusic. Retrieved 4 August 2010. 
  9. ^ "Artist Chart History Details: Len Barry". The Official Charts Company. Retrieved 8 August 2010. 
  10. ^ Rees, Dafydd; Lazell, Barry; Osborne, Roger (1995). Forty Years of "NME" Charts (2nd ed.). Pan Macmillan. p. 160. ISBN 0-7522-0829-2. 
  11. ^ "secondhandsongs.com". Retrieved 13 September 2014. 
  12. ^ Whitburn, Joel (2004). Hot Dance/Disco: 1974-2003. Record Research. p. 226. 

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