HP Newquist writes: From James Bond to the Pink Panther. From London to Los Angeles. From Jimmy Page to Eric Clapton. This is the journey of Vic Flick, the man who created the guitar sound that launched a thousand spy movies.
Flick was among the handful of top session guitarists in England during the early 1960s when the whole concept of electric guitars as a lead instrument caught fire. Generally, the only available guitarists who could read were trained in classical or jazz, and they weren’t interested in playing sessions with a “rocking” feel. This gave rise to a whole generation of players, especially in Britain, who contributed guitar parts to recordings ranging from The Kinks to Engelbert Humperdink. In addition to Vic Flick, these session men included the likes of Jimmy Page and Big Jim Sullivan.