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    Posted: 30 Dec 2011 at 1:11pm
From UltimateClassicRock.com
 
Barry Clayton, the man behind the sinister spoken intro of Iron Maiden’s legendary ‘The Number of the Beast’ has passed away at the age of 80. The cause of death is not known at this time.

Clayton’s intro would quickly become etched in the minds of heavy metal fans everywhere who heard a new and different kind of evil thanks to the unforgettable timbre of his spoken words.

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.

His deep bass voice was also heard in movie trailers and in his home country of Islington (in Greater London, England) where he lived for 40 years, he was known as a trailblazing pioneer of black television and radio programming.

Clayton produced the ‘Black Londoners,’ the first black daily radio program from the time of its debut in 1974 until 1988. Later, he narrated the children’s program ‘Count Duckula.’

His work on ‘The Number of the Beast’ certainly leaves an indelible mark with Iron Maiden fans and will certainly continue to be heard by new ears as future generations of music fans discover Maiden’s classic body of work.



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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote rushfan4 Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 30 Dec 2011 at 1:19pm
Dude.  The thread title about killed me.
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote Wilytank Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 30 Dec 2011 at 1:20pm
Originally posted by rushfan4 rushfan4 wrote:

Dude.  The thread title about killed me.

Yeah.  Don't do that again, Catcher.  Implying that Bruce Dickenson died almost gave me a heart attack.
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote Catcher10 Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 30 Dec 2011 at 1:53pm
My bad.....but that's funny!!!
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Oh man, I didn't know he narrated Duckula too. That was one of my favourite shows as a kid.
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