Tom Jones leads tribute to British songwriter Les Reed after he has died

Les Reed was shown in London in June 2014. The British songwriter died at the age of 83

Les Reed was shown in London in June 2014. The British songwriter died at the age of 83

A British songwriter who wrote songs for stars including Elvis Presley, Dame Shirley Bassey and Sir Tom Jones including & # 39; Delilah & # 39; died at the age of 83.

Les Reed wrote some of the most famous songs of the 20th century, with Bing Crosby, Engelbert Humperdinck and Lulu among the other artists.

He was behind two of Sir Tom & # 39; s greatest hits – It & # 39; s Not Unusual in 1965 and Delilah in 1968 – and even played piano on the James Bond theme used in the 007 films.

Mr. Reed was also behind the 1970 Elvis number, This is Our Dance and Does Anybody Miss Me by Dame Shirley.

Sir Tom, 78, tweeted: & # 39; Sorry to hear the news about the death of my friend and colleague Les Reed.

& # 39; Les was a gifted songwriter who recorded a large number of hits, including two important songs for me: & # 39; It & # 39; s Not Unusual & # 39; and & # 39; Delilah & # 39 ;. Les was a nice man, whose legacy goes through his music. RIP lesson. & # 39;

Other stars from the music industry such as Gary Kemp from Spandau Ballet, music theater giant Sir Tim Rice and BBC DJ Tony Blackburn have paid tribute to Reed.

Sir Tom Jones (left) tweeted this undated photo of him with Les Reed (right), saying that his & # 39; legacy will live through his music & # 39; after the death of the songwriter at the age of 83

Sir Tom Jones (left) tweeted this undated photo of him with Les Reed (right), saying that his & # 39; legacy will live through his music & # 39; after the death of the songwriter at the age of 83

Sir Tom Jones (left) tweeted this undated photo of him with Les Reed (right), saying that his & # 39; legacy will live through his music & # 39; after the death of the songwriter at the age of 83

Reed and his wife June with his Rolls Royce, Mercedes and Lamborghini cars in 1970

Reed and his wife June with his Rolls Royce, Mercedes and Lamborghini cars in 1970

Reed and his wife June with his Rolls Royce, Mercedes and Lamborghini cars in 1970

Riet, depicted in 1965

Riet, depicted in 1965

Reed wrote songs for Elvis Presley and Shirley Bassey

Reed wrote songs for Elvis Presley and Shirley Bassey

Reed is depicted in 1965 (left and right). He wrote songs for Elvis Presley and Shirley Bassey

Kemp tweeted a photo of a young Reed: & # 39; A master in British songwriting has left us.

& # 39; Here is the great Les Reed, a nice, friendly man who has given us giants such as There is a kind of silence, Delila and the last waltz.

Sir Tim wrote: & # 39; Les Reed, one of the best British songwriters of all time, and top enthusiast, has passed away. He was the composer of countless hits that will live on for years, decades.

& # 39; All of his music animals will miss him immensely and will never forget his songs, talent and generosity of spirit. RIP lesson. & # 39;

Drove on the phone in 1970. He was praised as a & # 39; one of the greatest ever songwriters & # 39;

Drove on the phone in 1970. He was praised as a & # 39; one of the greatest ever songwriters & # 39;

Drove on the phone in 1970. He was praised as a & # 39; one of the greatest ever songwriters & # 39;

Reed, who was born in Woking, Surrey, is depicted in his London office in 1967

Reed, who was born in Woking, Surrey, is depicted in his London office in 1967

Reed, who was born in Woking, Surrey, is depicted in his London office in 1967

The & # 39; master of songwriting & # 39; was behind hits such as Leave A Little Love for Lulu and Englebert Humperdinck & # 39; s number one in 1967, The Last Waltz.

Blackburn tweeted: & # 39; I am 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. & # 39;

And radio DJ Tony Prince, from United DJs Radio, wrote on Facebook: & # 39; A great songwriter has left the stage. Goodbye Les Reed, it was a pleasure to know you. & # 39;

Meanwhile, the Facebook page of American singer Connie Francis, who recorded a version of Kiss Me Goodbye in 1969, paid tribute to the man who wrote the song.

Spandau Ballet & # 39; s Gary Kemp tweeted a photo of a young Reed, who wrote: & # 39; a master of British songs has left us & # 39 ;. He added that he has a & # 39; beautiful & # 39; and & # 39; soft & # 39; was male

Spandau Ballet & # 39; s Gary Kemp tweeted a photo of a young Reed, who wrote: & # 39; a master of British songs has left us & # 39 ;. He added that he has a & # 39; beautiful & # 39; and & # 39; soft & # 39; was male

Spandau Ballet & # 39; s Gary Kemp tweeted a photo of a young Reed, who wrote: & # 39; a master of British songs has left us & # 39 ;. He added that he has a & # 39; beautiful & # 39; and & # 39; soft & # 39; was male

BBC DJ Tony Blackburn also paid a tribute to Reed in a tweet and said he was a & # 39; very nice man & # 39; used to be

BBC DJ Tony Blackburn also paid a tribute to Reed in a tweet and said he was a & # 39; very nice man & # 39; used to be

BBC DJ Tony Blackburn also paid a tribute to Reed in a tweet and said he was a & # 39; very nice man & # 39; used to be

Francis wrote: & # 39; I can't begin to tell how sad I am with the loss of my good friend, Les Reed. Lesson gave a new meaning to the word & # 39; lord & # 39 ;.

& # 39; He was an excellent musician and composer. I loved working with this fantastic man. Recording the & # 39; Songs from Les Reed & # 39; was one of the highlights of my life. Godspeed Lesson, you will always live in my heart. & # 39;

Theater producer Richard Hope-Hawkins, a friend of Mr. Reed for almost 30 years, said: & He was just incredible. He was one of our greatest songwriters.

& # 39; He wrote thousands of hit songs for stars such as Elvis, Englebert Humperdinck and Sir Tom Jones. Delilah is still sung in almost every soccer stadium in the country.

The Facebook page of American singer Connie Francis, who recorded a version of Kiss Me Goodbye in 1969, paid tribute to the man who wrote the song

The Facebook page of American singer Connie Francis, who recorded a version of Kiss Me Goodbye in 1969, paid tribute to the man who wrote the song

The Facebook page of American singer Connie Francis, who recorded a version of Kiss Me Goodbye in 1969, paid tribute to the man who wrote the song

Tony Prince, from United DJs Radio, wrote on Facebook: & # 39; A great songwriter has left the stage & # 39;

Tony Prince, from United DJs Radio, wrote on Facebook: & # 39; A great songwriter has left the stage & # 39;

Tony Prince, from United DJs Radio, wrote on Facebook: & # 39; A great songwriter has left the stage & # 39;

& # 39; Les greatly encouraged me in my career as a producer and director. I last saw him in September 2001, when we paid a tribute to pianist and composer Russ Conway at Colston Hall in Bristol.

& # 39; I was going to do a piano piece during the show, but we were running too much through our time, so I told Les I would skip my piece so he could finish it.

& # 39; He insisted that I take my time and play my piece. He was a very nice man. & # 39;

Reed, born in Woking, Surrey, is survived by his daughter Donna and grandsons, Alex and Dom.