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Eddie Barclay, 84, music producer

PARIS -- Flamboyant French music producer Eddie Barclay, whose stable of singers included Jacques Brel and Charles Aznavour, died Thursday in a Paris hospital at age 84, the Barclay organization said.

Mr. Barclay started his production house in the 1950s and marketed artists from the US company Mercury. After selling 1.5 million copies of The Platters' ''Only You," his label rose to become France's top music production company at the time.

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

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

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

Brel, the poet-singer from Belgium who died in 1978, started a long relationship with Mr. Barclay in 1962, and recorded hits such as ''Le Plat Pays," (''The Flat Country") and ''Les Bigotes" (''The Holier-than-thous") on his label.

Aznavour, who met Mr. Barclay more than 60 years ago, said he had lost a close friend.

''He came looking for me late, but he gave me the freedom to do what I wanted," he told France Info radio. ''He taught himself about music. He had music in his heart and his head."

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