Whatever Happened To…? Barry Blue

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Barry Blue (born Barry Ian Green) has been actively involved in the music industry for well over six decades, as a songwriter, singer, and producer. As a solo artist, he is best remembered for the number 2 UK hit single “Dancin’ (On A Saturday Night)” from 1973.

Blue began writing songs in his early teens, penning “Rainmaker Girl”, which would be recorded by Gene Pitney, and released as a B side to his 1971 single “Run, Run Roadrunner”.

In 1966 he worked in A&R for publishing company Abigail Music. He also spent a brief stint as bass player for Spice, who would eventually become the popular rock act Uriah Heep.

In 1970, Blue joined ATV-Kirshner as a songwriter, and built a long-standing and successful working relationship with fellow singer/songwriter Lynsey De Paul. Her major breakthrough came in 1972 with “Sugar Me”, a song co-penned with Blue. The single would reach number 5 in the U.K. charts.

In 1973, Barry signed to Bell Records as a solo artist and over the next two years would enjoy five top 40 singles. During the late 1970s he would devote more attention to songwriting and producing other acts, and his first major production efforts were for popular funk/soul act Heatwave.

During the next three decades he would go on to produce for numerous artists, including Lydia CanaanBananaramaToto CoeloCheryl LynnFive StarAndrea BocelliThe Saturdays and Pixie Lott.

His hit songwriting credits include “I Eat Cannibals Part One” for Toto Coelo“Beautiful Life” for Lydia Canaan“Kiss Me Kiss Your Baby” for The Brotherhood Of Man, and “Escaping” for Margaret Urlich.

Five Star’s major chart breakthrough would come with the Barry Blue penned “All Fall Down”.

Dina Carroll enjoyed a number three U.K. hit single with “Escaping.

Blue has provided scores and/or themes for productions including The Eyes Of Laura Mars, Long Good Friday, and Escape To Athena.

In 2010 Blue became a board Director of music licensing company PRS. Members license their rights through the company rather than doing it individually.

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