Jimi Hendrix called Victor Brox his “favorite white voice.” He was a huge influence on a young Jimmy Page.

And in a long and remarkable life and career, Victor, who died Monday at 81, worked and played with the likes of Eric Clapton, Charles Mingus, Muddy Waters, Dr. John, Leonard Cohen, Janis Joplin, BB King, Keith Moon and Screaming. Mr Sutch.

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Born in Tameside Hospital on 5 May 1941 and raised in Droylsden, music was a part of his life from an early age. His mother played the piano and mandolin and sang, while his grandfather, a butcher from Ardwick, used to sing and play the bones.

Victor fell in love with the blues as a child, having first heard it on a late-night radio show. His father forbade him to play the piano, his first instrument was the violin and he formed his first band around the age of 12 in Droylsden, where they played dances at St Mary’s Church Hall.

VĂ­ctor photographed as a young man

He was soon immersed in the Northwest jazz scene, traveling by train to Northern Jazz Federation meetings where he listened to rare records imported from the United States.

After school he went to university in Wales to study philosophy and from there moved to Ibiza, then home to a bohemian jazz scene inspired by Charles Mingus.


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