ACTUEL/PATRICK ZERBIB/OCT 1980
Victor is born in Kabylie, that’s why he ‘s playing “Rock-Kabylie!”…Last year he met Ding-Dong, Vince Taylor’s ex-manager, twenty years of purism. A real cat,quite a joker,always after the girls, drinker and megalomaniac…Ding-Dong revives the Rockabilly-parties’ fashion( at the Dupont-Bastille…at the Palace, last year, with Warren Smith, Victor Leed and Bill Riley)…
ROCK & FOLK/APRIL 1981
Hi Victor Leed, where are you coming from now?
From Ménilmuche (Ménilmontant)
Who is your idol?
Elvis, of course.
And how did you come up here?
Cadillac 1956 Eldorado pink.
You’re wearing a nice suit. Where did you find it?
In Montreuil, in American exports .
Have you ever released records?
“Thanks Rock’n’Roll, my Big Beat album, and a new single: “Marie Marie”/ “LeSwing du Tennessee”.
Well, I’m a simple guy, without vice. I love life and sing Rock music: This is life, having a ball.
What will you sing now?
“But in your eyes”.
We are listening to you.
“You sleep with a doll/but dance Rock’n’Roll/ Take care, you could cry/just lookin’ for a guy/…”
POTE A POTE /MARC CHEB SUN/ DECEMBER 1997
With plastered hair, moist eyes, cheekbones like circumflexed accents, a tremor in his voice,Victor Leed has seduced a large audience…He turned up at Ménilmontant when he was 3 months old, and from “parisian titi” will become a scene phenomenon. Real
named Laïd Hamdani left us in 1994. After a great tribute party, 1997 nov the 18th, at the Balajo, Paris, a 3 songs single Cd “Hop que c’est fou!” is released. For Victor ‘s memory and talent: all in rythms and humour. A collector very soon!
ROCK EN STOCK (1981)
At last a singer influenced by Elvis Presley and who is something else than a King imitation!
Victor Leed does not deny his debt but has created his own personality and it might have been a pity if it was different cause Victor Leed really got “THE” voice : A full , clear and rather deep voice which makes light of all difficulties
without the slightest effort. And to crown it all, Victor Leed has got a great presence on stage. You must watch him perfectly hair plastered, dressed with too large trousers and jacket, dancing with the microphone. A first class singer, that’s all! And the group which is backing him, French musicians- who also backed Warren Smith- is much more than up to it! The perfect little combo of rockabilly:
Jean-Jacques Astruc ( acoustic guitar) , Patrick lozach ( electric guitar), Freddie Legendre ( slappin’ bass) and Donald Rieubon (drums).
LE MONDE / JACQUES POTHERAT/14.04.1980
…Victor , with his thin face and black hair, sings rock’n’ roll , « true » rock’n’roll
As Elvis Presley did in 1954…Son of a Paris’ employee, he grew up in the bad side of the Atlantic, in Ménilmontant, a quarter which has already paid its tribute to the “show-biz” but : “when we talked about rock and roll to Maurice Chevalier he kept telling us : “ that’s good, fellows! You are on the right way!
Victor : « people who don’t know anything really about rock music , always think rock singers are roarers who yell on 12 tempos. Not at all. Personally I love all that is between the 30’s and the 60’s. I like very much some of Louis Jordan or the Fats Domino’s from the beginning. Even Gospel was in a rock mood. Vocally, I can sing everything. I have done 5 years operetta. I am tenor soprano; for example, I sing all of Luis Mariano’s in original tones. Voice ‘s got to be worked of course. With this kind of rock, one can have a beautiful sonorous voice , and it all moves…”
ELVIS PRESLEY FAN CLUB IN PARIS “TREAT ME NICE” MONTHLY LETTER/JEAN –MARC GARGIULO/NOV.1994.
Beginning of october, we happened to know with big sadness the death of 44 years old VICTOR LEED. He was a dearest friend, member of the Club since its very beginning.Victor, as a pure rock singer has become famous in the 80’S and some of you will remember him as guest singer at the club cocktails’parties. Farewell to you Victor, I ‘ll miss you.
JUKEBOX MAGAZINE/ NOV 1994
He loved to imitate Elvis Presley and it’s true he sang with a real feeling. Parisian’s
Night-birds have often met VICTOR LEED. In 1978, he sang for Johnny Hallyday ‘s
Birthday party. Well known for his recordings on Big Beat , among others, a French version of the Blasters/ Shakin’Stevens “Mary Mary”.Victor died in October.