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Les Reed obituary | Spencer Leigh

2 days ago   |   By The Guardian

Songwriter who wrote huge hits for the stars of the 60s and 70s, including Delilah for Tom Jones In the 1960s, the pianist, songwriter and arranger Les Reed was given a simple dictum by the music manager Gordon Mills : “Romantic songs for Engelbert Humperdinck , sexy ones for Tom Jones .” With the lyricist Barry Mason, Reed wrote The Last Waltz (1967) and Winter World of Love (1969) for Humperdinck and I'm Coming Home (1966) and Delilah (1968) for Jones. “I was so knocked out with what Barry did with Delilah,” said Reed in 2003, “and he in turn went ballistic when I played him the intro...
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