Former The Kingsmen lead singer Yank Barry to reunite with band in Ocala, Fla.

For the first time since 1970, Barry will sing 'Louie, Louie' with the band
(PR NewsChannel) / January 17, 2014 / OCALA, Fla.  
Yank Barry

Yank Barry will be joining The Kingsmen for a special performance in Ocala, Fla. on January 25.

For one night later this month, philanthropist and humanitarian Yank Barry will turn back the clock to reunite with his former rock n roll band – the band that recorded the song “Louie, Louie.”

When Barry performs as the lead singer of the band, it will be the first time he has done so in 40 years.

Barry, who was lead singer from 1968 to 1970, will join The Kingsmen at the Circle Square Cultural Center in Ocala on Saturday, January 25, 2014.

“That song and this band bring back so many great memories,” says Barry, who has been twice nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize for his humanitarian efforts around the world.

The Kingsmen still tour. Barry will join current and original band members Dick Peterson, Mike Mitchell as well as Todd McPherson, Kim Nicklaus and Steve Peterson. As the “surprise” guest, Barry will sing hits such as “Louie Louie” and “Money (That’s What I Want).”

“Members of the band have gone their own ways over the years, but it will be great to be together at the Circle Square Cultural Center for this long overdue reunion,” said Dick Peterson.

For The Kingsmen concert on January 25, doors open at 6 p.m., and the show starts at 7 p.m. Ticket prices range from $14 to $19 and are available here.

“It’s great to see what Yank has done since his time with The Kingsmen,” said Mike Mitchell. “We’re excited for him to join us for this special performance.”

Since leaving the band, Barry has built a food empire. He is giving back through the nonprofit Global Village Champions Foundation, which he co-founded with boxing legend and longtime friend Muhammad Ali. Working to knockout hunger, GVCF has delivered over 961,000 meals to those in need around the world.

Barry and the GVCF team have also taken their philanthropy a step farther. They recently freed more than 50 Syrian refugees in camps in Bulgaria and set them up in a renovated hotel that Barry pays for. Barry also takes care of the refugees’ food, healthcare and education, essentially setting them up for a new life in Bulgaria without ever putting a burden on the country or its people. CNN, Reuter’s, Agence France Press, Jerusalem Post and others covered the story.

You can read CNN’s story on Barry and Global Village Champions Foundation here:

As a result of his ongoing fight against hunger, Barry has received nearly two dozen awards since 1995, highlighted by the Gusi Peace Prize for Social Services, Philanthropy, and International Humanitarianism in Manila, the India Humanitarian Service Award and the Bahamian Red Cross Humanitarian Award.

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For more information, photos and video of Global Village Champion Foundation and Yank Barry’s relief efforts with Syrian refugees, please visit and the electronic press kit at.

About Global Village Champions Foundation: Started in 1995 by Yank Barry, Global Village Champions Foundation strives to become the undisputed world leader in private, humanitarian delivery of nutrition to needy persons across the globe, while sustaining human life and helping to eradicate hunger from the face of the Earth. With the help of donors and notable figures such as Muhammad Ali, Gary US Bonds, and Evander Holyfield, the nonprofit has provided nearly a billion meals to the hungry around the world.

Learn more about Global Village Champions Foundation: or visit its YouTube channel.

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