Marbella's Mister Music Dies27-11-2009
Victor O Gilvie brought stars such as George Benson and Ray Charles to Marbella
Veteran concert promoter Victor O Gilvie, who brought world class acts such as George Benson, Ray Charles and BB King to Marbella, died on November 26 in Los Angeles after a long illness. He was 77.
Victor's long a varied career began in the US, where he played in the legendary Jazz club Birdland alongside legends such as Dizzy Gillespie and Charlie Parker.
He later came to Spain, hosting the Costa del Sol Jazz Festival in the Puerto Banus Bullring in the early 70s and attracting some of the biggest names in Jazz, all for the entry price of 350 pesetas!
Known as "Marbella's Mister Music", Victor last concert on the coast, organised by his company CMC, was George Benson (who was a close friend) Al Jareau and Jose Feliciano in the Estepona Bullring in 2007.
By: Giles Brown
Victor was a great dude and a gentleman, his warmth could disarm the worst shark, his advise was always solid and to the point. £ years after his passing away he is still present.
I knew Victor going back almost fifty years. What a loss and what a great guy. I've been trying to locate him the past few years, and sadly I have.
Oh my god, we should contact each other more than one time a year or only then, when we are "in business" with friends or interesting lovely people! Just a half year after Victor has gone for ever I've heard about it. Unbelievable ... so take care, old friend! Rest easy - and have further great sessions with all the cool musicians who had to go before you ;-)
Dear Victor, after sending you inumerous e-mails in the past couple of months...found the info on the internet. God Bless you! sad day for me.
Remembering the great times we had in NY, in your mom's house, in Portugal, when you booked my concert and all your good and positive vibes!
I got to know victor only two year's or so ago, he was so supportive of the sound of our group and together we worked very hard to promote,I look at all the e-mails we sent each other and find it very hard to delete them, i will keep them as a memory , will miss our skype conversations your support and kindness
A true legend and very sad news. Rest easy Victor.
Victor very kindly orchestrated the recording of Steve´s (Lloyd-Morgan)Charity Album last year at Trevor Morais´s El Cortijo Recording Studtios in Marbella, and also helped us tremendously with promotion and endorsements, of which we were extremely grateful! RIP Victor!
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