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Eddie Barclay
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Music Producer
    (January 26, 1921-May 13, 2005)
    Born in Paris, France
    Birth name was Edouard Ruault
    Founded Barclay Records (1953)
    Best known for his work with Jacques Brel, Dalida, and Charles Aznavour
    He had a reputation as a playboy.
    He wrote an autobiography.
    He was married nine times.
    He was called the Bluebeard of the music world.
    His reputation preceded him to the point that at one of his later weddings, the officiating mayor of Neuilly said: 'Ah, good day, Monsieur Barclay, what a pleasure to see you yet again.'
    He sold his record label to Polygram, although he retained a twenty percent interest.
    He was a self-taught musician.
    He wrote the original soundtracks for several films.
    He lured three top singer-composers to Barclay: Charles Aznavour (who stayed 22 years); Leo Ferre (who recorded some of his greatest songs at the label); and Jacques Brel (who deserted Philips to join Barclay in 1962).
    He helped to launch Dalida's career by producing her earliest hit records.
    He was a Jazz enthusiast.
    He produced records for Ray Charles and Duke Ellington - their first in France.
    He survived treatment for throat cancer and underwent quadruple bypass surgery after a heart attack.

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