Skip to comments.Yank Barry Nominated for Nobel Peace Prize (Former Kingsmen)
Posted on 03/27/2013 10:15:19 PM PDT by nickcarraway
Yank Barry, the philanthropist and member of the legendary band The Kingsmen of "Louie, Louie" fame, has again been nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize.
This time, the part-time Bradenton resident received the honor from boxer and Filipino politician Manny Pacquiáo and Luis Crisologo Singson, governor of the province of Ilocos Sur, Philippines.
Barry recently returned from Philippines, where he spent a week working with victims from a typhoon that hit the nation in late 2012 and killed more than 1,000.
This is the third nomination for the 65-year-old in as many years.
"It's an absolute honor," Barry said in a statement on Monday. "It's a bit overwhelming to think about it. I never set out to be recognized like this."
Barry's work has already earned him more than 20 international humanitarian and peace awards, including a 1999 Liberian Humanitarian award and the 2010 Gusi Peace Prize. In 2005, he was named as a Red Cross Humanitarian.
In the wake of his 30-year music career, Barry co-founded a nonprofit group Global Village Champions Foundation with Muhammad Ali that has donated 900 million meals to relief agencies and has spearheaded relief missions to disaster and war-torn countries.
First awarded in 1901, the Nobel Prize for Peace is widely regarded to be the most prestigious award of its kind. Previous recipients include U.S. presidents Theodore Roosevelt, Woodrow Wilson, Jimmy Carter and Barack Obama. The Dalai Lama, Nelson Mandela and Martin Luther King Jr. have also received the award. The laureates are announced in October.
Born in Montreal, Barry became a touring member of The Kingsmen in 1968. He pioneered the first quadraphonic album in 1970 and then then recorded the rock opera "The Diary of Mr. Gray." He later moved into songwriting and production, working with numerous artists, including Englebert Humperdinck.
What a coinkydink—the song ‘Wooley-Bully’ was just on the radio.
Yeah, name a ship for him too: the USS Louie Louie.
I have friends who are Filipinos. The RP gets hit starting the middle of the year with at least 5 typhoons a year and unlike “some” Americans who hold benefit concerts (I’m talking about you limp-wristed Sandy “victims”), these guys just rebuild with whatever little they have. Kudos to YB.
He’s far more deserving that Obama and Gore put together and squared.
The Kingsmen's last hit was Killer Joe, which made it to #77 on the Billboard Hot 100 in 1966, so he joined the group after the hits ran out.
In any case, why would he even want the Nobel Peace Prize, which has become a joke in the last few years?
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