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Friday, May 13, 2005:


This just came in from the Hindu:

French music producer Eddie Barclay dies
Paris, May 13 (AP): Flamboyant French music producer Eddie Barclay, whose stable of singers included Jacques Brel and Charles Aznavour, has died, his production house said today. He was 84.

Barclay died overnight yesterday at the Ambroise Pare hospital in Paris, the Barclay organization said. He had been in hospital since April 29 and suffered from urinary and pulmonary infections in recent weeks.

Born in 1921 in Paris, Barclay started his production house in the 1950s and marketed artistes from the US company Mercury. After selling 1 1/2 million copies of The Platters' "Only You," Barclay's label rose to become France's top music production company at the time.

He was famous for wearing white and holding exclusive parties in Saint-Tropez where guests also wore white.

"After the death of Eddie Barclay, there's no more showbusiness, there's only business left," French singer Carlos, a close friend, told RTL radio.

Barclay started his career as a jazz pianist before setting himself up as a music producer and changing his name from Edouard Ruault.

Tosh // 9:01 AM

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