Eddie Barclay

Born Jan 26, 1921

Eddie Barclay was a French music producer whose singers included Jacques Brel, Dalida and Charles Aznavour. He founded Barclay Records.

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1921 Birth Born Édouard Ruault the son of a café waiter and a post office worker in Paris on January 26, 1921, he spent much of his early childhood with his grandmother in Taverny (in today's Val-d'Oise). … Read More


1947 26 Years Old After the war, Eduard Ruault changed his name to Eddie Barclay and opened Eddie's Club in Paris. In 1947 he started a band which featured his wife, Nicole, on vocals under the name Eve Williams. … Read More


1952 31 Years Old In 1952 Alan Morrison, a visitor to Barclay's club, had invited him to visit the US to see the new recording technology that enabled the production of 45s and LPs.
1955 34 Years Old In 1955 Barclay agreed to manufacture and distribute Mercury Records in Europe. … Read More
1956 35 Years Old Aznavour joined the Barclay stable in 1956 even though they had been friends for over a decade by that time. … Read More


1978 57 Years Old Jacques Brel, the Belgian poet-singer who stayed with Barclay until his death in 1978, began his long association with Barclay in 1962, recording hits including "Le plat Pays" (The Flat Country), and "Les Bigotes" (The Holier-than-Thous) on the Barclay label. … Read More
1979 58 Years Old At the beginning of the eighties, recovering from cancer of the throat, which had been diagnosed in 1979, he sold 80% of his label to Polygram, and retired to Saint-Tropez, where he had spent 25 years building a house called Maison du Cap, Ramatuelle, since Brigitte Bardot persuaded him to buy land there in the late 1950s. … Read More


1994 73 Years Old In March 1994 Barclay underwent quadruple bypass surgery after a heart attack.
2005 84 Years Old 1 More Event
On April 29, 2005 he was admitted to the Ambroise-Paré hospital in Paris with urinary and pulmonary infections.
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