Eddy Barclay

Real Name:
Édouard Ruault
Founder of Barclay Records and the Barclay label. Born Édouard Ruault, the son of a Parisienne waiter, Barclay grew to become the doyen of the French recording industry. From the early 40's, to his death in 2005 aged 84, he also carved a reputation as a playboy and self-confessed scoundrel with the ladies - marrying no less than nine times.

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.
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322570 BF, PB.1011 Eddie Barclay - Et Voila album art Frankie Laine Et Voila (as Eddy Barclay) Frankie Laine - Et Voila(7") Philips, Philips 322570 BF, PB.1011 UK 1960 Sell This Version
Eddie Barclay - Empty Tables / The Saddest Thing Of All (Toe Et Moi C'est Rien C'est Tout) album art Frank Sinatra The Saddest Thing Of All (Toe Et Moi C'est Rien C'est Tout) (as Eddy Barclay) Frank Sinatra - Empty Tables / The Saddest Thing Of All (Toe Et Moi C'est Rien C'est Tout) (Single) Reprise Records US 1976 Sell This Version
Eddie Barclay - Concerto D'Aranjuez - The Best Of Los Mayas album art Los Mayas Valse Des Lilas (as Eddy Barclay) Los Mayas - Concerto D'Aranjuez - The Best Of Los Mayas (Comp) Palette Netherlands 1976 Sell This Version
519 824-2 Eddie Barclay - Verve Jazz Masters 9 album art Astrud Gilberto Astrud Gilberto - Verve Jazz Masters 9(CD, Comp) Verve Records 519 824-2 Europe 1994 Sell This Version
7522 Eddie Barclay - Superstars De La Chanson N°11 album art Various Mustapha (as Eddy Barclay) Various - Superstars De La Chanson N°11(CD, Comp) PolyGram 7522 France 1998 Sell This Version
1157 Eddie Barclay - Drum Boogie / Bobby Soxers Boogie album art Chico Cristobal And His Boogie-Woogie Boys Bobby Soxers Boogie (as Eddy Barclay) Chico Cristobal And His Boogie-Woogie Boys - Drum Boogie / Bobby Soxers Boogie(Shellac, 10") Riviera (3) 1157 France Unknown Sell This Version
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