Joe Brown tribute

A musical tribute to Joe Brown (1930-2020) by longtime friend Dennis Gray. Dennis kindly shared this recording of himself singing and playing Tom Patey’s ‘The Legend of Joe Brown’ with UKC and agreed to its inclusion in this video. A message from Dennis: ‘I have been privileged to climb with many outstanding climbers from the UK and abroad, but Joe was the most naturally talented rock climber of any that I tied onto a rope with. Joe loved life and one of my abiding memories is that we sang a lot when young. Joe’s party piece was the operetta ‘The Sergeant Major’. I do not know of any recording of this, but I do know he liked to laugh along at Tom Patey’s wonderful song ‘The Legend of Joe Brown’. There are two recordings extant of Tom playing and singing this in a couple of party settings, but unfortunately on each of these, key verses are missing, e,g. The one about the Mustagh Tower ascent…..’In the cold cold Karakoram’ which is by mutual agreement a superb example of Tom’s versifying ability, and on the other tape there is much background disturbance. So not for ego, honest, I decided to send out a copy of myself playing and singing this as an MP3 cover. And I intend this as a tribute to Joe, who I was friends with for over 70 years. For this recording I thank Paul Cherry who worked overnight to provide this at his Cotswold studio.’ – Dennis Gray


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