Former matinee idol Victor Wood, who was known as the “Jukebox King of the Philippines” in his heyday in the ‘70s, died recently. He was 75.
He died due to Covid19 complications at the New Era hospital in Quezon City, according to family members
Wood, who is from Camarines Norte, rose to fame with such jukebox tearjerkers as “I’m Sorry My Love,” “Mr. Lonely,” “in Despair,” and “Eternally.”
With his strikingly good looks, Wood appeared in several musicals opposite Tinseltown A-listers like Nora Aunor and Vilma Santos.
His enduring legacy – which was also the cause for his premature demise in the entertainment scene – was the “payola scandal” where he exposed the underbelly of the recording industry.
Together with fellow singer Julius Obregon, disclosed the “dirty practice” of record companies in greasing the palms of radio station executives and DJs to promote their respective releases thru frequent airplay.
In 2011, Wood was honored an an OPM icon in the 3rd PMPC Star Awards alongside Pepe Smith, Freddie Aguilar, Basil Valdez, APO, Mike Hanopol, Ryan Cayabyab, Celeste Legaspi, Sylvia la Torre, Philippine Madrigal Singers, etc.