Origin: Montréal, Québec - Miami, Florida, USA
Yank Barry was born Gerald Barry Falovitch on January 29, 1948 in Montréal, Québec. Yank was the lead singer of the Kingsmen from 1968-1970. In 1969 while performing with The Footprints, he shared the stage at a concert in Long Island, NY with Jimmy Hendrix. In 1970, he produced the first quadraphonic album at Regent Sound Studios in New York. A year later, he recorded his own rock opera “The Diary of Mr. Gray” to raise money for drug prevention. The album is now a cult classic. Yank was commissioned by Richard Nixon to write and compose “Welcome Home P.O.W.s” in 1975 to help raise money for the American POW families.
Yank wrote, composed, arranged, produced, mixed or performed with Brian Johnson (AC/DC), B.J. Thomas, Lou Rawls, Gary “U.S.” Bonds, Alice Cooper, David Foster, Ben E. King, The Platters, The Coasters, John Phillips (The Mammas and the Pappas), Donald “Duck” Dunn (Booker T.), Danny and the Juniors, Elliot Easton (The Cars), Elliot Randall (Steeley Dan), Will Lee (The David Letterman Band), Jimmy Smith (Bowser and Blue), Chuck Jackson, Joe Frazier and The Knock Outs, Engelbert Humperdink, Richie Havens, Ravi Shenker, Tom Jones, Bob Crew Generation, Brian Hyland, Lou Christie, Lesley Gore
Yank became a world-renowned philanthropist along with his friend and partner Muhammad Ali. Together they have fed over 330,000,000 meals to the needy around the world over the past eighteen years.
Philanthropic & Humanitarian Awards
As Chairman of Global Village Market and Global Village Champions, Yank has been the recipient of over 15 international humanitarian awards
1. 1999 Liberian Humanitarian, Presented by the goverment of Liberian ambassador the the United nations Rachel Diggs
2. 1999 Liberian Humanitarian, Presented by his excellency Charles Taylor, President of the republic of Liberia.
3. 2000 Juarez Humanitarian, Presented by the Governor of Juarez
4. 2000 Juarez Honorary Chief of Police, Yank made honerary chief of police by the police commissioner of Juarez
5. 1999 A True Leader Award, Presented by the Global Village Champions
6. 2005 Red Cross Humanitarian, Yank receive the humanitarian award from a red cross representative, Mrs. Bernadette Christie and Prime Minister Perry Christie
7. 1998 Cote D'ivoire Humanitarian Peace Award, Yank Barry & Muhammad Ali receives the Cote d'Ivoire flags of Honor, for humanitarian efforts by by His Excellency Henry Konan Bédié, President of the Republic of Côte d'Ivoire.
8. 1997 Cote D'ivoire Honorary Chiefs, Yank Barry & Muhammad Ali honered as African chiefs in full headrests, for humanitarian efforts by by His Excellency Henry Konan Bédié, President of the Republic of Côte d'Ivoire
9. 1998 Ring from Banten, In recognition of their many humanitarian contributions, Minister Azwar Anas presented a ring from Banten to Yank Barry and a "Phinisi Nusantara" boat made of silver to 'The Champ".
10. Divertissement 1996, Charity fund raiser, with an auction of celebrity masks and Musical Performances by: Danny and the Juniors, Yank Barry, and Gary U.S. Bonds.
11. 2008 India - Humanitarian Service Award, Humanitarian Award, Empower-India-Movement, presented by Professor P.I.Peter, Chairman, Health India & Noni Family
12. 2007 Libyan Peace Award, Libya Peace Award, presented By the Honorable Zohaire Bettmar, Head of Chamber of Commerce Libya
13. 2000 Founders Award, presented by Dr. Ben Joseph
14. 2000 Juarez Hands of Love and Hope, sister Suzie Valdaz
15. 1999 Honorary Georgian Citizen, presented by the secretary state Cathy Cox
16. 1999 Phoenix Award, presented by the Major of Atalanta Mr. Campell
17. 2000 Pinnacle Award, presented by Millionaire Magazine
18. 2012 Nobel Peace Prize finalist
19. 2013 Nobel Peace prize nominee