DEAD: Les Reed (aged 83)
British songwriter

Leslie David Reed (24 July 1935 – 15 April 2019) was an English songwriter, arranger, musician and light orchestra leader. His major songwriter partners were Gordon Mills, Barry Mason and Geoff Stephens, although he wrote songs with many others such as Roger Greenaway, Roger Cook, and Johnny Worth.

Best known for “It’s Not Unusual”, “Delilah” and “The Last Waltz”, Reed co-wrote around sixty hit songs in total, which gained multiple gold discs and Ivor Novello Awards. Allmusic noted that “In the mid-1960s, it was unusual for a British singles chart not to list a Les Reed song”. He won the British Academy Gold Badge of Merit in 1982.


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