Barclay Records

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The once familiar logo of Barclay Records, as it appeared on numerous releases of the originally French music company, reproduced from a photograph of a vinyl record.

Barclay Records is a French record label founded in the mid-1950s by Eddie Barclay under the alias, Edouard Ruault. Eddie Barclay also founded the Riviera label in the early 1950s.

Artists in Barclay Record's extensive back catalog include Dalida, Charles Aznavour, Léo Ferré, Henri Salvador, Jacques Brel, Jean Ferrat, Mireille Mathieu, Danielle Licari, Les Chaussettes Noires, Eddy Mitchell, Hugues Aufray, Noir Désir, Mika, The Wild Magnolias, Fela Kuti, Femi Kuti, Modjo, Rachid Taha, Jimi Hendrix, and the greatest Victoires de la Musique winner Alain Bashung.[1]

Barclay Records also had operations outside of France, most notably in the United States and Canada. Working with well-known composers and arrangers such as Raymond Lefèvre and Michel Colombier, the Canadian outfit carried such artists as Diane Dufresne, Jean-Pierre Ferland, Claude Léveillée, Claude Dubois, Renée Claude, Stéphane Venne, Isabelle Pierre, Paul Baillargeon, Robert Charlebois, and Béatrice Martin (Cœur de pirate).

To note, Eddie Barclay worked with Sid Vicious (bassist of the Sex Pistols) and Malcolm McLaren (manager of the Sex Pistols and the New York Dolls) on the Great Swindle documentary film and album, including Vicious' song "My Way".

Barclay Records is currently owned and distributed by Universal Music Group.

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