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Barry Clayton Passes Away At The Age Of 80

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Barry Clayton, the London actor/narrator and man behind the iconic intro to the Iron Maiden song "Number of the Beast," has passed away at the age of 80 due to causes unknown at this time. His deep baritone voice became indelibly etched into several radio shows and movie trailers, and Clayton was also known for his role in black television and radio. He produced the pioneering radio show "Black Londoners" from 1974-88 and also narrated the children's show "Count Duckula." His sinister intro on the Iron Maiden song is something almost every metalhead knows by heart:

"Woe to You Oh Earth and Sea
For the Devil sends the beast with wrath
Because he knows the time is short
Let him who have understanding
Reckon the number of the beast
For it is a human number
Its number is six hundred and sixty six."

Clayton had lived the past 40 years in the Greater London suburb on Islington.

Source: Ultimate Classic Rock

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1. Drum_Junkie writes:

RIP Sir Clayton.

(kinda surprised Oz didn't report this one.)

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2. KREDD writes:

etched in my brain since the day my 12 year old ears heard it.

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3. Blindgreed1 writes:

Always thought he had a James Earl Jones meets Vincint Price vibe goin on. RIP laddy.

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4. Blindgreed1 writes:

*Vincent*

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5. hellrat writes:

"Woe to you o' Earth and Sea, for the Devil sends the Beast with wrath, for He knows the Time is short..."

Fvckin timeless, man

\m/ RIP \m/

NP---Take a guess eh!

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6. sonictherapy writes:

I hear you. This intro and the intro to Venom's "Buried Alive" are true classics.

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7. KREDD writes:

King Diamond's "The Funeral" off of "Abigail" is on e of my faves too

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8. silvermountains writes:

These are the intros that defined metal. RIP Brother.

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9. albert cr writes:

talent he uses in maiden intros i wish
it lasts forever..but barry rip. thanks

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10. citrus_tea writes:

Sad news, but..
... Since when was Daviid Jason's picture on the reverse of the Number of the Beast Artwork?

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11. LurkingFear writes:

RIP

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12. BoltThrower writes:

I always thought that was Vincent Price.

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13. spiral_architect writes:

TIMELESS SPOKEN INTRO FROM THE BOOK OF REVELATION! RIP BARRY CLAYTON!

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14. Paulypaul writes:

Holy Sh!t! Did not know he was the same guy who narrated Count Duckula! What a bloke! RIP

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