Les Reed 1935 - 2019

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Les Reed 1935 - 2019

Postby pljms » Tue Apr 16, 2019 5:29 pm

The British composer Les Reed wrote many a 60s hit including It's Not Unusual, There's A Kind Of Hush, Here It Comes Again, Delilah, Les Bicyclettes de Belsize and The Last Waltz. My personal favourite was the song of his that probably owed the most to Bacharach, If We Lived On The Top Of A Mountain, a single by Cleo Laine from 1968 which, alas, remained firmly rooted to terra firma.

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Re: Les Reed 1935 - 2019

Postby Martin Johnson » Wed Apr 17, 2019 10:25 am

I remember back in the early 70s my dad had an album by Les Reed featuring him as arranger, conductor and pianist in instrumental versions of his hit songs. Alongside the hits were a few upbeat and insanely catchy tunes that got used as themes on radio and TV. Listening to this again now after more than forty years I can still hear my old man saying, "Listen to that orchestration, son":

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Re: Les Reed 1935 - 2019

Postby blueonblue » Wed Apr 17, 2019 1:07 pm

R.I.P. Les, and thank you for the music.

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Re: Les Reed 1935 - 2019

Postby Sara D » Thu Apr 18, 2019 2:55 am

Les Reed had a strong association with Tom Jones and in all the press coverage I've seen since the announcement of Reed's death the same two songs were referenced each time, It's Not Unusual and Delilah, with no mention at all for either Daughter of Darkness or I'm Coming Home. I personally think that I'm Coming Home is one of 'Tom the Voice's' most moving performances.
https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=239mOROvZzY

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Re: Les Reed 1935 - 2019

Postby blueonblue » Thu Apr 18, 2019 4:24 am

Sara D wrote:Les Reed had a strong association with Tom Jones and in all the press coverage I've seen since the announcement of Reed's death the same two songs were referenced each time, It's Not Unusual and Delilah, with no mention at all for either Daughter of Darkness or I'm Coming Home. I personally think that I'm Coming Home is one of 'Tom the Voice's' most moving performances.
https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=239mOROvZzY


Sara,
Nor this one...

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=H1agAUNZRp0

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Re: Les Reed 1935 - 2019

Postby pljms » Thu Apr 18, 2019 6:13 pm

I'd forgotten that Les Reed was responsible for Gene Pitney's second hit with the number twenty-four in the title, '24 Sycamore', originally recorded by Wayne Fontana.

https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=tD9PX2KHNsA
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Re: Les Reed 1935 - 2019

Postby blueonblue » Fri Apr 19, 2019 9:13 am

pljms wrote:I'd forgotten that Les Reed was responsible for Gene Pitney's second hit with the number twenty-four in the title, '24 Sycamore', originally recorded by Wayne Fontana.

https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=tD9PX2KHNsA


"killer" track, IMHO Les Reed was right up there with Tony Hatch.

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Re: Les Reed 1935 - 2019

Postby pljms » Fri Apr 19, 2019 10:50 am

I couldn't agree more, blue, and it's a bit of an anomaly that despite writing twice as many hits as Tony Hatch he's probably only half as famous. I believe this was Les Reed's first hit as a writer and it's a record that practically screams "1964!" at you.

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Re: Les Reed 1935 - 2019

Postby steveo_1965 » Wed May 01, 2019 1:21 pm

Hey, I remember hearing Les Reeds Arrangement for Tom JOnes' Its Not Unusual...I so noticed the 5ths in the low saxes in the phase "But If I ever" also the next bar- he did the same thing..these were on minor chords the III and The II chords..he really gave that chart one h*ll of a sound....We have lost a great one!


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