Les Reed, songwriter for Tom Jones and Engelbert Humperdinck, dies age 83
The Woking-born songwriter wrote Tom Jones hits Delilah and It’s Not Unusual, as well as Leeds United anthem Marching on Together
Songwriter Les Reed, the co-writer of Tom Jones’s hits Delilah and It’s Not Unusual, has died age 83, his family has confirmed. Artists including Elvis Presley, Bing Crosby and Shirley Bassey also recorded songs written by Reed.
Released in 1964, It’s Not Unusual was Tom Jones’s debut single, and his first No 1 hit, also featuring Reed as arranger and pianist. The pair reprised their success with Delilah in 1968, which reached the Top 10.
Source: The Guardian – Les Reed, songwriter for Tom Jones and Engelbert Humperdinck, dies age 83