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Eddie Barclay

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Born Jan 26, 1921
Died May 13, 2005

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

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CHILDHOOD

1921 Birth Born Edouard 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

TWENTIES

1944 23 Years Old With the Liberation in 1944 and consequent fashion for American music, Ruault changed his name to Eddie Barclay.
1945 24 Years Old Under this new name he married Michèle Barraud, the first of his nine wives, in 1945. … Read More
1947 26 Years Old He launched what he claimed to be the first discothèque, Eddie's Club, based on the American clubs that had opened to serve US military personnel, and started his own band in 1947. … Read More
1949 28 Years Old In 1949, with the help of Nicole, Barclay established Blue Star, his first record label, selling 78 rpm discs. … Read More

THIRTIES

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

FIFTIES

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 since Brigitte Bardot persuaded him to buy land there in the late 1950s. … Read More

LATE ADULTHOOD

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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