The world of music is mourning. British composer Les Reed, who wrote the songs "It's Not Unusual" and "Delilah" for singer Tom Jones. He died at the age of 83, reports Realitatea.
Death was confirmed by the composer's family.
"We are extremely proud of what Les did during his incredible life. We know that his name will remain in history for his musical contributions and that he will continue to live his compositions and songs forever, "the composer's relatives said in an official statement.
"It's Not Unusual" was the debut song by Tom Jones, to which Reed also contributed as arranger and pianist. It was released in 1964 and led the British ranking. The collaboration between Reed and Jones was still successful in 1968 when the song "Delilah" reached the top 10 in the UK.
Les Reed also composed, in collaboration with Barry Mason, the ballad "The Last Waltz". This became one of the most famous pieces of the artist Engelbert Humperdinck. The song ranked fifth in the UK's top five in 1967.
In 1972, Reed contributed to the song "Marching on Together," which became the anthem of the Leeds United football team. This song continues to be very popular among the club's fans more than 40 years after the release.
"Les was a talented composer who wrote hits for many people, including two songs very important to me … He was a wonderful man whose legacy will continue to live through music," said the singer. The British Tom Jones on the microblogging platform of Twitter.
Composer Tim Rice, known for his collaboration with Andrew Lloyd-Weber, said that Reed's absence would be felt by all his colleagues in the music industry.