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When Steel Talks extends condolences to the family and friends of ace guitarist George Victory.  He was an avid supporter of Pan.

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Year Album Artist  
2013 Mighty Real: Greatest Dance Hits Sylvester Guitar
2007 Red Greg: The Sounds of Gregory Carmichael Gregory Carmichael Guitar
2003 1972-74 The Fatback Band Guitar
2003 Carnival Four   Primary Artist
2002 Man in de Bedroom Mighty Sparrow Guitar
2001 Lifeline Suzanne Couch Guitar (Electric)
2000 Another Island Rick Steffen Guitar, Bongos
2000 The Anointed King Obstinate Guitar
2000 Wanted: Dead or Alive (God Bless America) Mighty Sparrow Guitar
1999 Soca Fire Inna Jamdown Stylee Byron Lee & the Dragonaires Vocals (Background)
1998 The Supreme Serenader Mighty Sparrow Guitar, Vocals (Background)
1998 Turbulence Arrow Guitar
1997 The Fattest of Fatback The Fatback Band Vocals, Guitar
1996 Ballads with a Caribbean Flavor Baron Guitar
1996 Renaissance Mighty Sparrow Guitar, Choir/Chorus
1995 Phat Arrow Guitar, Vocals (Background)
1995 Spirit of Calypso Duke "Mighty Duke" Guitar
1994 Back Up Off Me! Doctor Dré Guitar, Keyboards, Vocals (Background)
1994 Classics and More Arrow Guitar, Vocals (Background)
1994 Doh Stop de Carnival Mighty Sparrow Guitar, Vocals (Background)
1994 Goin' De Distance Designer Guitar
1994 Mask Duke "Mighty Duke" Guitar, Guitar (Rhythm)
1994 Rebellion Black Stalin Vocals, Vocals (Background)
1993 Dancing Shoes Mighty Sparrow Guitar
1993 I'll Be There for You ML Guitar
1992 Soca Jump Up   Vocals, Guitar, Vocals (Background), Performer, Primary Artist
1992 Zombie Soca Arrow Guitar, Vocals (Background)
1990 Soca Dance Party Arrow Bass (Vocal), Guitar, Vocals (Background), Voices
1989 O'la Soca Arrow Guitar, Vocals (Background), Rhythm Arrangements
1989 The Original Hits Sylvester Guitar
1988 Knock Dem Dead Arrow Guitar, Vocals (Background)
1985 Party Classics 1 & 2 Mighty Sparrow Guitar, Vocals (Background)
1983 With Love The Fatback Band Vocals
1982 On the Floor With Fatback The Fatback Band Vocals, Guitar
1981 Gigolo The Fatback Band Vocals, Guitar, Composer
1981 Tasty Jam The Fatback Band Arranger, Vocals, Guitar, Lead
1980 Hot Box The Fatback Band Guitar
1979 XII The Fatback Band Guitar

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RIP. A great musician.

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George also sang and arranged (and likely played some instruments) on the Soundtrack/Album "The Panman" by Kamalo Deen, 1997.

Deepest condolences going out to his family. He helped to produce Sonatas first record album, "Pan in Style". Wonderful memories I must say. May his great soul of music rest in peace.

R.I.P Great musician

Gonna miss this icon. Great smile, lovely person.

One of the fantastic group of Aroucan musicians who started of on Forde Street,Arouca. He started playing with guys like the late Bertie Fraser ( a former PT president) Fitz Mello (who did some of Shadow's work), Jato Thomas (who went on to lead Just Fab Deltones) George Bleasdell and another George ( whose surname escapes me,but I believe he is the organist at St Charles R.C Church in Tunapuna.).....Jit (another Aroucan) is also from this era.....Arouca has not produce a group of this pedigree since.

George went on to play with Bert Bailey and the Jets,had a stint with Esquires (with Clive Bradley) and I believe he also played with Rockerfellas (Mike Boothman) and a road stint with Shaka Khan. A serious guitarist with a fantastic touch and tone (loved his wha-wha),he eventually ended up in Sparrow Troubadours and joined the list of our then best musicians who migrated between the early 70s to early 80s ,which left the T&T music industry severely depleted.

George was a very pleasant person,a joy to be around....R.I.P George,it was always a great experience to hear you play.

 

Brilliant Oswald!!! I have been depressed since yesterday over this news. I am glad to see somebody expand on his musical achievements. Such talent!!! (And you left out so much of the American Journey!!!) Such a humble man despite all the skill and accomplishments!!! You eased my pain some with that tribute!!!

Claude, I know that feeling......I got to enjoy George presence up close and personal when I visited my relatives who also lived on Forde Street. There was this huge mamisepote tree on a cool shady empty lot of land,and he would be sitting on the roots learning new chords and playing tunes from music books.I enjoyed a great part of his early journey and though he was in a competing band (Jets),we would hang out by Jato (Deltones) who cooked a mean fry chicken,while the jam session was going down......pores raising here.

George wanted to do nothing else but play music,and he pushed himself to be darn good at it.

 

Hi Claude

Please share your experiences and knowledge of this great performing artist with the forum.

It is true that George Victory was a GREAT GUITARIST and VOCALIST! It is true that George Victory was a successful studio musician who supported CALYPSO SINGERS and also laid down music for a lot of commercials for big name American Companies! It is true that George Victory was just as talented in the Caribbean Music World as he was in the mainstream American Music World! It is true that if you made a list of all the recordings that George Victory played music on you will end up with an INCOMPLETE LIST! And it is true that George Victory toured the world playing his guitar (privately) for Arab Kings and Princes and (publicly) for music lovers in Japan, Africa, North America, Spain, The Caribbean and many other countries (on additional tours with ARROW)!

But when George Victory walked off the stage, he became a MUSICAL DREAMER!!! In the mid-eighties when SOCA was starting to gain International Momentum -- George Victory and Steve Sealy and Beaver Henderson and Lennox Picou and Duke and Gypsy and a few songwriters and producers in New York firmly believed that they could blend SOCA with R&B and produce hits in America and Internationally.

I bought heavily into that George Victory dream because George Victory was not just a great guitarist: He was a composer and arranger and producer and music lover!!! Over the last two decades I would check the newspapers or internet every so often to see if George Victory had MADE THE HIT. I kept expecting to read all about it one day. So it was with a deep sense of loss that I read of his passing earlier this week. His dream was my dream and that dream had died suddenly at the age of 66 -- pretty young given today's extended life expectancy.

In terms of my appreciation for CALYPSO MUSIC and my specific passion for CALYPSO GUITAR, George Victory was as great a musician as I have ever heard. Maybe he did make that piece of CROSSOVER MUSIC and it is sitting in his music library in Florida.

I am going to hold on to that hope to the end!!!

Thanks for sharing Claude

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