Yank Barry

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Yank Barry
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Yank Barry
Background information
Birth nameGerald Barry Falovitch
Born(1948-01-29) 29 January 1948 (age 66)
Montreal, Quebec, Canada
GenresRock and Roll
Pop
OccupationsSinger-songwriter, Musician, Philanthropist, Producer, Arranger
InstrumentsVocals, Guitar, Keyboard, Percussion
Years active1963–1990
Labels

Columbia Records, Capitol Records, Epic Records, Justin Time Records,

Kol Israel Records, London Records, DynoVoice Records, McConnell Records, Chateau Records, Les Disque Trans-Canada, Derrek Mathews Records **, Largo Records, Melodia, GLA Music, MCA Records, Lava/Atlantic Records
 
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Yank Barry
Yank Barry Pic.jpg
Yank Barry
Background information
Birth nameGerald Barry Falovitch
Born(1948-01-29) 29 January 1948 (age 66)
Montreal, Quebec, Canada
GenresRock and Roll
Pop
OccupationsSinger-songwriter, Musician, Philanthropist, Producer, Arranger
InstrumentsVocals, Guitar, Keyboard, Percussion
Years active1963–1990
Labels

Columbia Records, Capitol Records, Epic Records, Justin Time Records,

Kol Israel Records, London Records, DynoVoice Records, McConnell Records, Chateau Records, Les Disque Trans-Canada, Derrek Mathews Records **, Largo Records, Melodia, GLA Music, MCA Records, Lava/Atlantic Records

Yank Barry (born Gerald Barry Falovitch), January 29, 1948 in Montreal, Quebec, Canada. The philanthropist along with his friend and partner Muhammad Ali have fed over 972,000,000 documented meals to the needy around the world over the last twenty years.[1] He was also the lead singer of The Kingsmen between 1968 and 1970.

Career[edit]

Early career (1964 - 1970)[edit]

Barry was born in Montreal in 1948. In 1964 he began recording music and released the track when he released the track ‘Falling in Love’ on Kol Israel Records.

In 1968, Barry joined the 1960’s Beat/garage rock band, The Kingsmen. The band originated from Portland, Oregon in the United States. He was only a member of the band for two years, before leaving in 1970. During this time he spent the majority of the time touring with the group. Yank pioneered the first quadraphonic album along with Robert Lifton and Ben Lanzarone at Regent Sound Studios in New York in 1970.

Solo career & production (1971 - 1989)[edit]

Barry pioneered the first quadraphonic album along with Robert Lifton and Ben Lanzarone at Regent Sound Studios in New York in 1970. In 1971, he recorded the rock opera “The diary of Mr. Gray”, which put him on the cover of many trade magazines.[2] He also appeared on the The Mike Douglas Show, The Merv Griffin Show, The Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour and The Sally Jessy Raphaël Show. In 1975, Yank was also commissioned by the White House to write and compose “Welcome Home P.O.W.s”. Yank produced the Broadway show “Let my People Come” (link to image) at the Imperial Theater in 1979.

After 1979 Barry spent his time producing music. In 1980, he served 11 months of a 6 year prison term for extortion.[3] In 1984 he mixed a track for Julio Iglesias & Willie Nelson titled To All The Girls I've Loved Before.[4] During the same year, Barry produced his first notable TV commercial, with the music for Kellogg's Raisin Bran "Racin' Man" 1984 TV Commercial.[5] During the 1980’s he also produced music for a number of TV commercials including, Kodak’s Disc Camera,[6] Bubble Yum,[7] Pontiac[8] and Dr. Pepper.[9]

From 1985 to 1989, he produced tracks for Hugh Ball, Bowzer and Blue and Manon Robert. He also released a track in 1986 called ‘This could be Classical’.

Humanitarian work (1990 – present)[edit]

In the mid 90’s Barry began to get involved in humanitarian work with his good friend Muhammad Ali. Since 1997, he has received global recognition for his work. This has included recognition from countries such as Cote D'ivoire, India, Bulgaria, and Libya for his humanitarian work. As Founder of Global Village Champions Foundation[10] Yank has been the recipient of more than 20 international humanitarian and peace awards.

Recognition[edit]

News and media[edit]

Yank has two features on Entertainment Tonight, CNN, W-Five, CTV National News, CBC News Switchback, Musique Plus, ZNS News, ABC News and Access Hollywood just to name a few. Yank has been on the cover of Canadian Business, Barter News, Occasion D’affaires, two features in Millionaire magazine, and People magazine.

Yank has also been on the covers of Zoo World, Eye magazine and a major feature in Cashbox. These magazine covers featured Yank's earlier career in the music industry.

Discography[edit]

Yank Barry has been a writer, composer, publisher, member of ASCAP since 1971, and a member of NARAS, CARAS, American Federation of Musicians.

YearArtistTitleLabelNotes
1964Yank BarryFalling in LoveKol Israel Records
1966The FootprintsThe sea rushes to the shoreColumbia Records
1966The FootprintsThe Only WayColumbia Records
1966Dino ValeChildren on CarouselsElysee Records
1967The FootprintsNever Say DieCapitol Records
1967The FootprintsMama Rand'sCapitol Records
1968The FootprintsTicket for a mobileCapitol Records
1970Ben LanzaroneQuadraphonic - Classic FormDynoVoice Records
1971Harry NilssonNilsson SchmilssonRCA Records
1971The Diary of Mr. GrayYank BarryMcConnell Records
1974On StageLoggins & MessinaColumbia Records
1974Naturally ProudNancy AgeeChateau Records
1975Jamais Dire NonYankeyLes Disque Trans - Canada
1976After the Lovin'Engelbert HumperdinckEpic Records
1976Say You'll Stay Until TomorrowTom JonesEpic Records
1977Christmas TimeEngelbert HumperdinkEpic Records
1978You are something specialEngelbert HumperdinkEpic Records
1979Let My People ComeCast AlbumDerrek Mathews Records
1982Laissey Venir Le MondeCast AlbumLes Disque Trans - Canada
1984To All The Girls I've Loved BeforeJulio Iglesias & Willie NelsonColumbia Records
1985Aet Ci Cest PossibleManon RobertLes Disque Trans - Canada
1986This could be ClassicalYank BarryLargo Records
1988HypnotizedHugh BallJustin Time Records
1988Is it in yet?Bowzer and BlueJustin Time Records
1996'Nothing Left To LoseGary "U.S." Bonds, Ben E. KingGLA Music

Jingles[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p q r s t u v w x y "Global Village Champions Foundation". Global Village Market. 2011. Retrieved 13 August 2011. 
  2. ^ "The Diary of Mr. Gray". Museum of Canadian Music. Retrieved 4 September 2013. 
  3. ^ "Adding to the Confusion". ARTnews. Retrieved 3 March 2014. 
  4. ^ Whitburn, Joel (2004). The Billboard Book Of Top 40 Country Hits: 1944-2006, Second edition. Record Research. p. 167. 
  5. ^ "Raisin' Bran Racin' Man". Kellogg's. Retrieved 4 September 2013. 
  6. ^ "The Kodak Disc TV Commercial". Kodak. Retrieved 4 September 2013. 
  7. ^ "Official 80's TV Commercial". Bubble Yum. Retrieved 4 September 2013. 
  8. ^ "We Build Excitement". Pontiac. Retrieved 4 September 2013. 
  9. ^ "Everyone can be a Pepper TV Commercial". Dr. Pepper. Retrieved 4 September 2013. 
  10. ^ "Global Village Champions Foundation". Global Village Market. 2011. Retrieved 13 August 2011. 
  11. ^ "Gusi Peace Prize Winners". Gusi. Retrieved 4 September 2013.