Barclay Records

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Barclay Records
Parent companyUniversal Music Group
Founded1953 (1953)
FounderEddie Barclay
Country of originFrance

Barclay Records is a French record company and label founded by Eddie Barclay in 1953.

Eddie Barclay was a bandleader, pianist, producer, and nightclub owner. With his wife, Nicole, who was the vocalist in his band, he started Barclay.[1] The catalogue included the work of Stéphane Grappelli, Lionel Hampton, and Rhoda Scott. In 1978 the label was sold to Polygram. Jazz issues ceased in 1983.[2]

Barclay's catalogue includes Hugues Aufray, Charles Aznavour, Alain Bashung, Jacques Brel, Les Chaussettes Noires, Dalida, Jean Ferrat, Léo Ferré, Nino Ferrer, Jimi Hendrix, Patrick Juvet, Fela Kuti, Femi Kuti, Danielle Licari, Mireille Mathieu, Mika, Eddy Mitchell, Modjo, Noir Désir, Paradis, Henri Salvador, Rachid Taha, and the Wild Magnolias.

Barclay also had operations outside France, most notably in the U.S. and Canada. Working with composers and arrangers such as Raymond Lefèvre and Michel Colombier, the Canadian branch signed Paul Baillargeon, Robert Charlebois, Renée Claude, Claude Dubois, Diane Dufresne, Jean-Pierre Ferland, Claude Léveillée, Béatrice Martin (Cœur de pirate), Isabelle Pierre, and Stéphane Venne. Barclay Records is owned and distributed by Universal Music Group.

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  1. ^ "French record producer who signed Aznavour and Brel". Irish Times. 21 May 2005. Retrieved 8 August 2016.
  2. ^ Rye, Howard (2002). Barry Kernfeld, ed. The New Grove Dictionary of Jazz, vol. 1 (2 ed.). New York: Grove's Dictionaries Inc. p. 136. ISBN 1-56159-284-6.