Les Reed, composer and musician passed away this week. Les was the best musician I knew - nobody can play like that anymore.
To be his friend, and to play with him at social events and parties over the years was a dream come true for me. He was a legend when I was a boy, and in the 1960's Mike Pinder and I sneaked in to the Decca No 3 studio control room to watch him play (he was a Decca star in his own right, with his own recordings) - it was magic and it touched our hearts.
I told him the story many times, and each time a huge smile would spread across his face and he would say 'Aaww Jus'. He took my breath away by playing something brilliant and beautiful, while smiling up at us.
Justin Hayward