Tom Jones has led tributes to songwriter Les Reed OBE, who has died at the age of 83.
In a message on Twitter, the Welsh singer said: “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.”
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 pic.twitter.com/ZSceuJiha5
— Tom Jones (@RealSirTomJones) April 16, 2019
Following the announcement of his death, his family released a statement saying: “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.”
As well as Tom Jones, Les Reed also wrote songs for stars including Elvis Presley, Shirley Bassey, Bing Crosby, Englebert Humperdinck and Petula Clark.
He also found success with his own band, the Les Reed Orchestra, who recorded tracks such as Man of Action and Also Sprach Zarathrustra.
Other celebrities paying their tributes included radio presenter Tony Blackburn, who called Reed “a nice man”.
Sir Tim Rice, who wrote the score for shows including Jesus Christ Superstar, Evita and The Lion King, described Reed as “one of the all-time great British songwriters”.
So sorry to hear that songwriter Les Reed has passed away. He was a very nice man and a very talented person R.I.P Les.
— Tony Blackburn (@tonyblackburn) April 16, 2019
Gary Kemp, part of 80s pop group Spandau Ballet, also paid his tributes, calling Reed “a master of British songwriting”.
Les Reed, one of the all-time great British songwriters, & top bloke, has died. He was composer of countless hits that will live on for years, decades, to come. All his music biz chums will miss him enormously & will never forget his songs, talent & generosity of spirit. RIP Les.
— Tim Rice (@SirTimRice) April 16, 2019