The sad news was reported this week that a world-famous songwriter has passed away. Les Reed, the co-writer of Tom Jones’ “Delilah” and “It’s Not Unusual,” has passed away.
Reed was 83-years-old at the time of his death. His family revealed the sad news through a statement.
They wrote, “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.”
Reed’s successful career began during the 1960s. At that time, he began writing for several different artists. Among his first artists were Lulu, Herman’s Hermits, and the Dave Clark Five.
Tom Jones’ 1964 sensation “It’s Not Unusual” became his number one hit. In 1968, the duo worked on “Delilah” which climbed the charts as well.
Tom Jones was one of the first to talk about his friend’s passing.
He wrote, “Sorry to hear the news of the passing of my friend & colleague Les Reed. Les was a gifted songwriter who was instrumental in penning many a hit, incl two important songs for me; ‘It’s Not Unusual’ & ‘Delilah.’ Les was a lovely man, whose legacy will live through his music. RIP Les.”
According to Celebrity Access, beyond Reed’s music for Tom Jones and his initial artists, the songwriter also wrote for Elvis Presley, Bing Crosby, Englebert Humperdinck, and Shirley Bassey.
Several people have taken to social media following Reed’s passing. Below are some of the tributes:
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