Barclay Records

Barclay Records
Parent company Universal Music Group
Founded 1953 (1953)
Founder Eddie Barclay
Genre Jazz
Country of origin France

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

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 Records. Jazz issues ceased in 1983.[2]

Artists in Barclay's catalogue include Dalida, Charles Aznavour, Léo Ferré, Henri Salvador, Jacques Brel, Jean Ferrat, Mireille Mathieu, Nino Ferrer, Danielle Licari, Les Chaussettes Noires, Eddy Mitchell, Hugues Aufray, Noir Désir, Mika, the Wild Magnolias, Fela Kuti, Femi Kuti, Modjo, Rachid Taha, Jimi Hendrix, Patrick Juvet and Alain Bashung.[3]

Barclay also had operations outside France, most notably in the U.S. 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).

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

See also


  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 (2nd ed.). New York: Grove's Dictionaries Inc. p. 136. ISBN 1561592846.
  3. Alain Bashung
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