White rites for French music legend Barclay

18th May 2005, Comments 0 comments

PARIS, May 18 (AFP) - Dozens of mourners, all clad in white, gathered Wednesday in the Saint-Germain-des-Pres church in central Paris to pay tribute to flamboyant French music producer Eddie Barclay, who died last week aged 84.

PARIS, May 18 (AFP) - Dozens of mourners, all clad in white, gathered Wednesday in the Saint-Germain-des-Pres church in central Paris to pay tribute to flamboyant French music producer Eddie Barclay, who died last week aged 84.  

Barclay adored white, and often asked guests attending lavish "white night" parties at his Saint-Tropez home on the Riviera to indulge his penchant.  

Artists and ordinary Parisians attended the ceremony, at which a jazz orchestra was set to play after the religious service. Barclay, who died of a heart attack, was to be buried in Saint-Tropez on Thursday.  

Barclay was credited with discovering and promoting some of France's best-known singers of the last 50 years, including Jacques Brel, Charles Aznavour, Leo Ferre, Mireille Mathieu and Claude Nougaro.  

A famed party-goer, Barclay was a leading light of the Riviera social set in the 1960s with the likes of Brigitte Bardot and Alain Delon. He married nine times.

 

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