During the early 1960’s Barrie began diversifying into the worlds of fashion, music and advertising. In 1965 he had a chance encounter with the young Diana Ross. The image he made of this yet-to-be global super-star became a riveting front cover of The Melody Maker, England’s most renowned music publication, which caught the attention of Bob Houston, the assistant editor at the time. Houston was to contact Barrie and sign him on as exclusive chief photographer for the paper. Barrie went on to shoot for The Melody Maker from 1965 until 1975, one of the most important decades in the history of popular music, photographing unknown musicians who would later become legends and household names.