Tom Jones pays tribute to 'Delilah' songwriter Les Reed, who died aged 83

music news 24/04/2019

The songwriter behind 'Delilah', 'It's Not Unusual' and Engelbert Humperdinck's 'The Last Waltz', Les Reed, has passed away aged 83.

Serving as a pianist in The John Barry Seven, Les also conducted his own orchestra for more than 10 years.'

"We are all so immensely proud of everything Les achieved in his incredible lifetime. We know that his name will be remembered for what he did for music and that he will always live through his songs and compositions for the rest of time," his family said.

Sir Tom Jones also paid tribute, saying: "So sorry to hear the news of the passing of my friend and colleague Les Reed. Les was a gifted songwriter and arranger who was instrumental in penning many a hit, including two important songs for me... Les was a lovely man, a legend in the world of songwriting whose legacy will live through his music."

"A master of British songwriting has left us. Here's to the great Les Reed, a beautiful, gentle man who gave us giants like There's a Kind of Hush, Delilah and the Last Waltz," Spandau Ballet's Gary Kemp tweeted.

Lyricist Sir Tim Rice added: "He was composer of countless hits that will live on for years, decades, to come."

Watch Tom Jones perform Les Reed's song 'Delilah' below: