Tom Jones leads tributes to British songwriter Les Reed after he dies

A British songwriter who wrote songs for stars including Elvis Presley, Dame Shirley Bassey and Sir Tom Jones including 'Delilah' has died aged 83.

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

He was behind two of Sir Tom's biggest hits - It's Not Unusual in 1965 and Delilah in 1968 - and even played piano on the James Bond theme used in the 007 films.

Sir Tom Jones (left) tweeted this undated photograph of him with Les Reed (right), saying that his 'legacy will live through his music' following the songwriter's death aged 83

Sir Tom Jones (left) tweeted this undated photograph of him with Les Reed (right), saying that his 'legacy will live through his music' following the songwriter's death aged 83

Sir Tom, 78, who is going on tour again later this month, tweeted: 'Sorry to hear the news of the passing of my friend and colleague Les Reed. 

'Les was a gifted songwriter who was instrumental in penning many a hit, including two important songs for me - 'It's Not Unusual' and 'Delilah'.

'Les was a lovely man, whose legacy will live through his music. RIP Les.' 

Other music industry stars such as Spandau Ballet's Gary Kemp, musical theatre giant Sir Tim Rice, and BBC DJ Tony Blackburn have been paying tribute to Reed.

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, pictured in 1965

Reed wrote songs for Elvis Presley and Shirley Bassey

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

Kemp tweeted a photo of a young Reed, writing: 'A master of British songwriting has left us.

'Here's to the great Les Reed, a beautiful, gentle man who gave us giants like There's a Kind of Hush, Delilah and the Last Waltz.

Sir Tim wrote: 'Les Reed, one of the all-time great British songwriters, and 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 and will never forget his songs, talent and generosity of spirit. RIP Les.'

Reed on the phone in 1970. He was praised as a 'one of the greatest ever songwriters'

Reed on the phone in 1970. He was praised as a 'one of the

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