Self-taught on the piano he gained a taste for the industry as a teenager playing in the bar his parents subsequently ran, opposite the Gare de Lyon, where he befriended Louis De Funès. He also attended concerts by Stéphane Grappelli and Django Reinhardt and played in his first nightspot at Le Club before the onset of war. After the liberation of France he changed his name to the American-influenced 'Eddie Barclay' and in 1945 was briefly married to Michèle Barraud. His taste in jazz and knowledge of café society held him in good stead when he opened his first discothèque The Barclay in 1947, also forming a jazz group with his second wife Nicole Vandenbusche (aka Eve Williams) as vocalist. He and Nicole later formed their first label, Blue Star, featuring artists such as Eddie Constantine and Don Byas initially on 78 rpm issues, which they ran from their home. The couple later founded Jazz Magazine with editor Boris Vian and their work featured in the Blue Star series House Of Jazz (2). By 1955 Barclay had gained sound knowledge of LP and 45rpm production techniques after a trip to America, returning with a contract to distribute Mercury in Europe.
It was from this point in the late 50s that Barclay's reputation in French-issue jazz recordings was founded. He released many discs in the new 'microgroove' format via Pathé Marconi's studio which became Studio Pathé Marconi EMI and pressing plant at Pathé Marconi, Chatou. Apart from manufacturing & distributing artists from other labels he also hired Gerhard Lehner to record them for the Barclay label. The roster of artists was vast. From Ray Charles, Dizzy Gillespie, Sammy Davis Jr. and Duke Ellington to the likes of Mireille Mathieu, Dalida and Jean Ferrat. He lured Juliette Gréco and Jaques Brel from Philips and also signed Léo Ferré and Charles Aznavour, among many other renowned French artistes. He also transcribed jazz recordings, co-wrote and also scored soundtracks for a number of films.
The Barclay trademark of opulence was his passion for the white suit, his ever-expanding house and estate in Saint-Tropez - a location to which he had been introduced by Bridget Bardot - and his lavish celebrity parties which were the stuff of legend and as much a benefit for the paparazzi as for the guests. Following treatment for throat cancer in 1979 he sold 80% of his Company to PolyGram. His wives were Michèle, Nicole (to whom he was married for 14 years), Marie-Christine Steinberg (By whom he had a son Guillaume), Béatrice (Subsequently the wife of Guy Marchand), Michele, Daniele, Cathy, Caroline (to whom he was married for 11 years) and his last wife Tiare, whom he married in 2002 on the Tahitian island of Moʻorea. Barclay published his autobiography in 1988. After quadruple heart-bypass surgery in 1994 he suffered a number of infections in April 2005 and was admitted to Hôpital Ambroise Paré, Boulogne-Billancourt, Paris, where he subsequently died.
Born: 26th January 1921, Paris, France.
Died: 13th May 2005, Boulogne-Billancourt, France.
- 1 Vocals
- 12 Instruments & Performance
- 526 Writing & Arrangement
- 2 Featuring & Presenting
- 13 Conducting & Leading
- 36 Production
- 4 Technical
- 2 Acting, Literary & Spoken
|6511||Various||Chesterfield Boogie Various - Montparnasse (LP)||Riviera (3)||6511||France||1951||Sell This Version|
Singles & EPs
|Various||Milord (Fox) Various - Petite Surprise-Party Pour Une Lady (EP)||Barclay||Spain||1960||Sell This Version|
|72 525, 72525||Various||Twist Train Various - Selection Club De L'Esquinade (7", EP)||Barclay, Barclay||72 525, 72525||France||Unknown||Sell This Version|
|80101||Various||Remerciements Et Présentation D'Irving Green Various - Un Soir A Paris - Edition Spéciale (LP, Comp)||Barclay||80101||France||1959||Sell This Version|
|72 317, 72317||Various||Oui, Oui, Oui, Oui and 1 more… Various - Ouah ! Ouah ! (7", EP, Comp)||Barclay, Barclay||72 317, 72317||France||1959||Sell This Version|
|WLP-29||Various||Le Chemin De La Joie Various - You Hit Parade In Paris 1962 (Flexi, 8", Comp, Red)||Barclay||WLP-29||Japan||1962||Sell This Version|
|425/3||Various||La Valse Des Lilas and 5 more… Various - La Grande Parade Des Grands Orchestres 3 (Cass, Comp, RE)||Sélection Du Reader's Digest, Hispavox, RCA||425/3||France||1982||Sell This Version|
|302 614||Various||Chut Various - Les Realisateurs - Jean-Pierre Mocky (CD, Comp)||Play Time||302 614||France||1993||Sell This Version|
|3046762||Various||Bob Le Flambeur Various - Du Rififi Au Ciné : Bandes Originales De Polars Des Années 50-60 (CD, Comp, Ltd, Num)||Play Time||3046762||France||1999||Sell This Version|
|CHAP 235, CHAP 236, CHAP 237, CHAP 238, CHAP 239||Various||Rockin' The Blues [Rock 'n' Roll/jazz Fusion] (as Frank Barclay) Various - Millennium [1900-1999] (Box + 5xCD, Comp)||Chappell Recorded Music Library, Zomba Production Music||CHAP 235, CHAP 236, CHAP 237, CHAP 238, CHAP 239||Austria||1999||Sell This Version|
|Various||Numéro 13 Various - De.Barclay.A.Barclay 50/70 (Comp)||Barclay||Canada||2001||Sell This Version|
|PL211064, 3070322||Various||Thème De Bob Various - Du Rififi Au Ciné - Bandes Originales De Polars Des Années 50 À 80 (4xCD, Comp, Lon)||Play Time, FGL Productions S.A.||PL211064, 3070322||France||2001||Sell This Version|
|IMV050||Boris Vian||Entretien Eddie Barclay Et Boris Vian Boris Vian - Inédits Radio (CD, Comp)||INA||IMV050||France||2003||Sell This Version|
|12310||Various||The Bandit (O' Cangaciero) Various - Hard To Find Jukebox Classics: Fabulous Fifties Instrumentals & More (CD, Comp)||Hit Parade Records (4)||12310||Canada||2009||Sell This Version|
|817424||Various||French Can Can Various - Paris En Chansons (2xCD, Album, Comp)||Stick Music (2)||817424||France||2010||Sell This Version|
|533.157-7||Various||Mustapha Various - De Pre Historie 60 (4xCD, Comp + Box)||ARS Entertainment, Universal Music Belgium||533.157-7||Belgium||2010||Sell This Version|
|CELCD 145 (PM)||Various||Manhattan Spiritual Various - Swing The Big Bands (CD, Comp)||Celebration (3)||CELCD 145 (PM)||Spain||2012||Sell This Version|
|7-608-0||Various||Un Homme Et Une Femme and 1 more… Various - Les Grands Triomphes 1940-1970 (8xLP, Comp + Box)||Sélection du Reader's Digest Disques||7-608-0||Canada||Unknown||Sell This Version|
|GY 161-026||Various||Twist Twist and 1 more… Various - Paris Twist Vol. 1 (LP, Comp)||Gamma (4)||GY 161-026||Mexico||Unknown||Sell This Version|
|PDL 85067||Various||Tu Joues Avec Le Feu and 1 more… Various - Teenage Party (LP, Comp)||Felsted||PDL 85067||UK||Unknown||Sell This Version|
|72 315, 72315, BARCLAY 72315||Various||Oh! Quelle Nuit (O Pauve Amour) Various - Petite Surprise-Party Pour Un Célibataire (7", EP, Comp)||Barclay, Barclay, Barclay||72 315, 72315, BARCLAY 72315||France||Unknown||Sell This Version|
|82 273||Various||Twist Twist Various - Twist Party (10", Comp)||Barclay||82 273||France||Unknown||Sell This Version|
|33 FS 1002||Various||Joli Chapeau and 1 more… Various - Enfin Des Vrais Disques De Danse (10", MiniAlbum, Comp)||Columbia||33 FS 1002||France||Unknown||Sell This Version|
|5044||Various||Et Voilà Various - Jazz & Barclay (CD, Comp, Promo)||PolyGram Projets Spéciaux||5044||France||Unknown||Sell This Version|
|82284||Various||Play The Thing and 1 more… Various - La Grande Twist Party (Acetate, 10", Album, Comp)||Barclay||82284||France||Unknown||Sell This Version|