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 2 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, 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.
- The song was featured on the soundtrack for the film, Mr. Holland's Opus.
- "1-2-3" was one of the songs that appeared in John Lennon's jukebox.
- Jimmy Smith covered the song on his 1965 Verve Records album Got My Mojo Workin'
- Jazz percussionist Willie Bobo recorded a version on Uno Dos Tres 1•2•3 (Verve, 1966)
- Jan & Dean covered the song in 1966 for their album, Filet of Soul.
- Ramsey Lewis covered the song in 1966 on his album Goin' Latin
- Sarah Vaughan released a version on her 1966 album The New Scene
- Cilla Black released her version in 1966, on the album Cilla Sings a Rainbow
- There is a rumour, that Motown Records sued the songwriters, because "1-2-3" was a reworking of "Ask Any Girl". The songwriters admitted to taking the composition which led to Holland-Dozier-Holland getting credit for writing "1-2-3".
- In 1977, Wayne Newton released a version
- In 1980, the disco/dance group Salazar, peaked at number sixty on the US dance chart with their version of the song.
- In 1984, Al Stewart covered this song on his Russians and Americans album.
- In 1987, English singer-songwriter Roy Wood recorded a cover version and released it as a single, but it failed to chart
- The Associates recorded a version released in 1991 as b-side to their last single "Just Can't Say Goodbye," featured on the expanded CD reissue of their album Wild And Lonely
- In December 2005, Welsh singer-songwriter Cerys Matthews recorded a new version of "1-2-3" in Nashville, Tennessee for a children's charity in the UK.
- Edwyn Collins sampled the opening for his single "A Girl Like You".
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- Murrells, Joseph (1978). The Book of Golden Discs (2nd ed.). London: Barrie and Jenkins Ltd. p. 186. ISBN 0-214-20512-6.
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- Rees, Dafydd; Lazell, Barry; Osborne, Roger (1995). Forty Years of "NME" Charts (2nd ed.). Pan Macmillan. p. 160. ISBN 0-7522-0829-2.
- secondhandsongs.com 1-2-3 cover versions
- Jimmy Smith – Got My Mojo Workin' (1965 album) at Discogs (list of releases)
- Ramsey Lewis – Goin' Latin (1966 album) at Discogs (list of releases)
- Whitburn, Joel (2004). Hot Dance/Disco: 1974-2003. Record Research. p. 226.
- The Associates – Wild And Lonely (Expanded Edition) at Discogs
- http://www.jmcreative.net/ Cerys Matthews: "1-2-3" (2005)