The English used to call him "Basie van Wick", this likeable, witty man. Balding at an early age, Basie had a bump on the back of his head, and he used to tease: "If you want me, press the bump and I'll be there." A superb team man, he certainly always responded to any call on his services. His hands were not wonderful; it was almost as if he first fumbled the ball when it came to him, but he never dropped it.
Like his great partners Hennie Muller and Stephen Fry, Basie had speed, flair and the will to win.
When I talk of the one I have to talk of the other two. They formed a great looseforward combination, the best in the world in their era.