Steve Barri

Steve Barri
Birth name Steven Barry Lipkin
Born (1942-02-23)February 23, 1942
New York, New York, U.S.
Genres Pop rock
Occupation(s) Songwriter, singer, producer
Associated acts
Notable instruments
Guitar, Drums

Steve Barri (born Steven Barry Lipkin in Brooklyn, New York on February 23, 1942) is an American songwriter and record producer.


Early in his career, Barri was a staff writer with Dunhill Records. He produced such huge hits as "Dizzy" by Tommy Roe. He frequently collaborated with P. F. Sloan and the partners were responsible for the success of The Grass Roots and contributed largely to the band's first album. The writing partners biggest global hit was "Eve of Destruction" by Barry McGuire originally from the New Christy Minstrels. Barri also wrote and/or produced many other hit songs in the 1960s with his partner Sloan, including "You Baby" by The Turtles, "A Must to Avoid" by Herman's Hermits and "Secret Agent Man" by Johnny Rivers. He also co-wrote "Unless You Care", which was recorded by Terry Black and reached #2 in Canada, and "Little Liar", which Black took to #10 in Canada. After his partner Sloan left Dunhill Records, Barri continued as producer for The Grass Roots until the early seventies. Barri produced Mama Cass and most of her hits.[1]

After Dunhill was acquired by ABC Records, Barri stayed on in the 1970s as head of Artists & Repertoire (A&R) where he focused on signing and producing new artists, such as Bubblegum Pop group, Bo Donaldson and The Heywoods. He collaborated with songwriters Dennis Lambert and Brian Potter on three albums for the Four Tops, which included the million-selling single "Ain't No Woman, Like The One I Got". He also worked on several critically acclaimed albums by leading blues & soul singer Bobby Bland.[2]

ABC Records was dissolved in 1979, after the label was sold off to MCA. Barri departed to become A&R chief at Warner Bros. Records, where he co-produced John Sebastian's 1976 album Welcome Back and produced Alan O'Day's 1977 #1 single "Undercover Angel". Barri also produced O'Day's follow-up single "Skinny Girls", which went to #1 in Australia. Barri moved in 1982 to Motown Records as vice-president of A&R, producing The Temptations and overseeing big-selling releases by Lionel Richie and Rick James, among others. He also re-worked the company's rich back-catalog, introducing the "Greatest Hits" series, before leaving in 1986.[3]

Spells followed at Capitol Records (as a consultant), Left Bank Management, where he worked with acts including Richard Marx, Meatloaf and Stephanie Mills, and at smooth jazz label, JVC. In 1998, Barri joined Gold Circle Entertainment/Samson Records as a producer and was promoted to senior vice president in 2001.[4]


  1. "Steve Barri Biography". The Grass Roots Official Site. Retrieved 2 December 2016.
  2. "Steve Barri Biography". The Grass Roots Official Site. Retrieved 2 December 2016.
  3. "Steve Barri Biography". The Grass Roots Official Site. Retrieved 2 December 2016.
  4. "Steve Barri Biography". The Grass Roots Official Site. Retrieved 2 December 2016.

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