Fans Tribute to Lesley
August 12, 1943 - March 12, 2010
After a five year illness, Lesley Duncan passed away. Below are messages from Lesley's many fans tributing her and her music.
A special message from Lesley's husband.....
March 12, 2010
"This afternoon I drove to the hospital at about 2pm and on the way I got a call that Lesley's condition had deteriorated alarmingly. When I arrived at her bedside, the nurse had put on the Sing Children Sing album playing softly in the background. I held Lesley's hand and after about ten minutes Love Song started to play. During the song I felt one or two tremors pass through Lesley's body and, as her lovely song ended, she passed away. It was as peaceful, I think, as death can be and a relief after her years of struggle."
- Tony Cox
I'd like to thank Tony for allowing me to share this with Lesley's fans. And thanks so much to David V. Barrett for keeping me in the loop in this sad time.
|"I was fortunate enough to
have Lesley see this web site and email me before her illness. Her music
means a lot to me and it was nice to be able to give something back to
her and know that she liked what I did. Her music touched people around
the world and will live on. Thank you Lesley....
Sam N. Vetovich
Paxinos, Pennsylvania, U.S.A.
|"The thoughts of all of us are with Tony, Sam and
Joe, and with all who knew and loved Lesley.
I never met Lesley, but I want to thank her for her music, which has been part of my life since 1972. Moon Bathing was my favourite album, and also hers:
Letting the day go, just spendin' time
Watching the fire glow and drinking wine
Nothing upon my mind
Leaving it all behind
Gently melt away
Into the soft light"
David V Barrett
|"Devastated to hear of
Lesley's death. I only hope she knew how much we appreciated her and her
wonderful, unique voice, lost to us so tragically early."
|"Lesley truly sings with the angels today. She
always had the voice and the heart for it.
Rest Well and Peacefully.
|"I'm so saddened to learn of
Lesley's death. "Love Song" is a timeless classic that I've been singing
for it seems like forever...and I never tire of it. I will sing it at
our gig tomorrow night in her honor. R.I.P. Lesley."
Youngstown, OH USA
|"Very sorry to hear the sad news about Lesley.
She made many important contributions to music that was very important
All my best to her family and friends."
Freeburg, IL, USA
|"R.I.P. dear Leslie"
|"Always thought you were
very talented and never really heard enough of you here in Oz. Didn't
know of your work on DSOTM but loved Love Song . Pity we never heard
more- . RIP. "
Thanks for the music Peter Row
|"I'm just too sad learning that she passed away
just yesterday. She had a beautiful voice."
|"So sorry to hear about Leslie's passing.
Moonbathing is one of my all-time favorite albums."
|"I first encountered
Lesley's lovely voice on The Alan Parsons Project "Eve" when I was
eleven years old. I'm so very sorry to hear of her passing. I do hope
that there might be some push to release a complete anthology of her
work on compact disc. You may be gone from us, Lesley, but you are
certainly not forgotten!"
|"Lesley, You were a wonderful sweet talented
lady, a great loss to us all. RIP"
|"Without wishing to demean
Lesley's solo recording and composing achievements (which were
significant by any standards), and only because it is the highest
accolade which I can pay, Lesley was part of what I consider the world's
greatest vocal backing choir of their time, in company with her friends
Madeline Bell and the late, lovely Kay Garner. Their combined
contribution to global music culture is inestimable, and singers like
these warranted huge success which seemed to come so easily to far lesser
talents. But as I can see from tributes, others recognized REAL talent.
My sincere condolences go to her family."
|"Sad to hear about Lesley. You may not know this
but she worked a lot with John Carter (Ivy League, Flower Pot Men) as a
vocalist on demos. We compiled some of this work on RPM/Cherry Red
Records under than name Ministry of Sound. However, one of the Lesley
lead vocals wasn't included... a song called "How Could a Love So Good
Go Bad". The track "Something's Coming a Long" that appears on Dream
Babes is from those same sessions.
Lastly, a collector friend of mine turned up a nice song on acetate called "I Gotta Make a Call" which sure sounds like a Lesley original - a beautiful track.
Please do contact me if you haven't heard these items.
Again, so sad to hear about Lesley."
- Mark Frumento
Cherry Hill, NJ USA
|"My condolences on the
passing of a lovely lady."
|"Today, I am very sad."
|"We still care, Heaven knows
we do! Sing Angels Sing for God is real. Her music is inspiring. I'm
sure she was born again and now gone home."
|"I've been thinking about, and listening to,
Lesley all weekend. My condolences to her family and friends.
Her fantastic music has enriched my life immeasurably."
Arlington, VA, USA
|"I am mostly familiar with
Lesley's contributions to albums by Kiki Dee and Elton John. His early
work was truly made better by her contributions. If you have seen
early Elton John performances shows where she sang backup as I have seen
thru utube and elsewhere, u will find an era where Elton's live sound
was different than it is today. there was an authenticity there as if
Elton was having close friends backing him up. I have heard her "Love
Song" on Tumbleweed countless times as well as her live appearance On
Elton's "Here and there" album. I know a Christian artist recorded Love
Song as a Christian song giving it new meaning. I think his name was
Brown Bannister. It is also worthy of note that as far as I know, Love
song is the only song Elton John ever performed onstage that he played
on guitar and not the piano. It was a rare occasion that I think only
happened on his 76 and 86 tours when Elton donned an acoustic guitar to
perform it. That song and her voice touched me in many ways, including
as one of Elton's valuable back up vocalist. May the Lord be with her
friends and family, and may they feel His presence. I am saddened by
this news. Her music touched many I am sure."
| "I would like to echo John Harding's
Truer words were never said.
Deepest sympathy to Tony and family and to all who were special to Lesley."
| "I was very shocked
and saddened to hear of Lesley's death.
I have enjoyed her music ever since I first heard her back in the seventies.
Condolences and thoughts go out to her family and friends."
| "I bought Sing Children Sing when it first
came out and the words and music have lived with me since then. It is
still one of my very favorite albums, the words say so much. My
condolences to her family and Lesley, thank you so much, you have
enriched my life so greatly x "
| "First met her in the
sixties around studios in the Smoke - turned out she was from just up
the road from my family, in Stockton. Her voice stole a piece of my
heart away back then, every time she sang. That bit of my heart is now
broken, and I am very sad - but can not imagine what her family are
feeling. Gentle hugs..... "
| "Another great talent lost too soon. I
have to admit to only knowing of Lesley's career because she was a
backing singer to the late Dusty Springfield. From that introduction I
came to better understand the gift she shared with us all. My
condolences. R.I.P. Lesley"
| "Was introduced to
your beautiful music via the wonderful Dusty Springfield. An amazing
talent, we are so saddened to hear of your death. Our love to Tony and
Your music will live on forever. RIP "
| "Dear Tony, Sam & Joe; I am so sorry I
can't be with you all Friday as I fly home to Spain for Barry's memorial
service. Please know that I am thinking of you. Lesley is & will always
be my little sister. My 1st studio session was with her. Madeline
| "I was aware for some
time that Lesley was unwell. I last had contact with her when she sent a
recorded message of support to the Dusty Day charity 3 years ago.
Although I never met her, Lesley & I felt close, as all of us do who
were part of Dusty's "family".
She was clearly a beautiful soul, and I'm thankful that music lives on."
|"What a tragedy. Lesley of course recorded the
monster classic, 'I Want A Steady Guy', which was also done by Lucille
Starr in 1965 with resounding success. Lesley's subsequent work
represented some of the finest in all of music. She is greatly missed.
Prayers are going up on behalf of Tony and their family."
Michael McDowell/Blitz Magazine
Los Angeles, California USA
|"Just wanted to pass along
my sympathies to the family & friends of Lesley Duncan. I know her only
from one of the greatest songs ever, 'If I could change your mind", w/ the
AParsons Project in 1979. The beauty of this song, and her lovely voice,
has forever inspired me, and many others, and added more grace and beauty
to this world, and my life. My deepest thanks and gratitude; as she
ascends to her Eternal reward in Heaven. Most sincerely, Mark Franc"
Mark T. Franc
Pittsburgh, Pa. USA
|"Thank you, Lesley, for so many beautiful moments
with your music."
|"Our beloved Lesley wrote
and sang some of the most beautiful songs about Love I've ever listened
to. Her music means a lot to me... Without her , we all lose a great
smile , a great artist, and ( as as fans) specially that good friend we
never knew but always encouraged us to live our life with so much love
My heartfelt condolences for her family and friends."
|"This is a deeply sad moment. I have wonderful
memories of Lesley, who was an important part of my arrival into the
music business. She appeared on the first ever 'Whistle Test' and
recorded many sessions for my 'Sounds of the 70's' Radio 1 shows. I
thought she was a gentle and hugely talented artist and a genuinely
lovely person. I'll be playing 'Everything Changes' on Radio 2 this
Saturday. Love from myself and Jeff Dexter, who passed on the sad news."
|"I'm so saddened to hear the
news about Lesley. I met her through Tony and Bunk Dogger and then
through playing cricket with/against Tony's team in Woodstock. She was
such a modest person. After a game she laid on supper for the visiting
team. The conversation turned to music. "I made a few records", she
remarked. My condolences to Tony and the family."
|"So sad to hear of Lesley's death. I remember
when 'Sing Children Sing' was re-released in 1979, as an all-star
charity single (with Pete Townshend, Phil Lynett, Kate Bush and others)
and I was really touched by the song. Lesley had a lovely natural voice.
My condolences to her family."
|"Dear Lesley, I just want to
say thank you for your beautiful music...it has always meant a great
deal to me. Rest in peace sweet lady ~ I hope you are singing with the
| "Very sad...I heard Love Song in the 1973.
Today march 16 2010 I found out who the song wrote. And sadly must I read that this person died. My deepest condolences."
| "I'm really sad to
hear this news. I have enjoyed her songs and contributions to other
artist's music for a long time. A few months ago, I even recorded my own
cover version of "Love Song" because I love that song so much. Thank
you, Lesley... for touching the world with your talent."
| "I was deeply saddened to learn from my
very close friend Madeline Bell that Lesley had past on. My heart goes
out to Tony and family. I used to be Madeline's fan club sec in the 60s
and Lesley was a honorary member of the fan club. I was introduced to
Lesley through Madeline and I always found Lesley to be a warm and
friendly person. We both are from the north east. I have most of
Lesley's singles and albums my fav is Love Song which Lesley wrote. I
met Lesley many times during the 60s at recording and TV sessions
especially for Dusty. Lesley was a great session singer and superb
artist in her own right. My last special memory of her was Lesley doing
a tap dance routine 4 me while waiting 4 a taxi. Happy times. I know
Lesley is singing and dancing now in the great beyond. Till we meet
again Lesley. All my love. Alan"
| "Finally at peace
dear Lesley. Thank You for the lovely music that you gave us."
London / England
| "Your friends on Mull know you as a
friendly, warm and fun person. You are missed. The facts about your
talents in the music business, are just being revealed to some of us
Isle of Mull, Scotland
| "Sadly, everything
changes. thank you for times past for time's passed..."
Johannesburg, South Africa
|"Music has always been a driving passion in my
life, and the greatest single contributor has been in the shape of
Lesley Duncan. It is rare that a day goes by without one of her songs in
My eternal thanks to Lesley for being"
| "I just learned of
Lesley's passing some minutes ago. This is very sad news, and I'm sad to
hear that she has been ill for some time. I knew nothing of this. She
was a great singer and songwriter, with a great voice. The music world
is a MUCH poorer place without her in it. My sincerest condolences to
Lesley's family, at this terrible time, I'm sure you're very proud of
her, she was special."
PLAYA OLIVA, VALENCIA, SPAIN
| "How very sad. She was a great singer and
writer. I never knew Lesley but knew of her, through my visits to the
Sawmills studio/Cornwall (my home ) back in the day. My condolences to
Tony and her family. Kas"
| "I was so sad to hear
of Lesley's passing this morning. I was a big fan of hers and loved her
albums. I unfortunately never got to see her live but her records will
live with me for the rest of my life along with memories of a lovely
lady. RIP Lesley."
| "Dear Lesley,
Thank you so much for your great songs and beautiful voice. You ll stay with us forever."
| "So sad she has gone,
my sincere condolences to her family.
I mainly remember that beautiful song she wrote with Scott Walker."You're All Around Me" RIP"
|"Just heard the very sad news from Billy Gaff (my
uncle)about the passing of Lesley. Although I hadn't seen or spoken to
Lesley for many years she has always had a very special place in my
heart. You may be gone Lesley but you'll never be forgotten. My sincere
condolences to Tony, Sam and Joe."
|"Sad to hear that Lesley has
passed over. I loved her album Everything Changes - I listened to it all
the time when I was in my teens, and it brings back loads of memories.
She was very talented with a beautiful voice.
Condolences to her family and friends. Sarah x"
| "I met Lesley a few years ago. Wonderful
person. Very sad news."
| "Farewell 'Earth
Thank you for your beautiful voice and touching songs, they will enchant us through the airwaves for evermore"
| "I’m mindedly sad nothing but. I want to
listen to her voice quietly now."
|"Lesley was a good friend to
me when I was a young girl like her in the music business. She learned
some chords from me and then she was away!Long time has passed.Often
thought of and never forgotten. A beautiful spirit and a truly gifted
|"The choir in heaven will be singing a little
more sweetly now."
|"So sad to hear of Lesley's
passing. I have lovely memories of wonderful meals at her home in
Woodstock. RIP to a fantastic singer and a lovely person.
|"We will never forget you Lesley, you always had
a smile on your face."
Iona Mac Donald
Tobermory, Isle of Mull
|"Sweet bird ... Thank you
for your beautiful song. Fly away to a better place. Fly away ... with
|"I am so sorry and so sad to hear of the loss of
someone whose music has been a part of my life for so long, Lesley your
words and music have inspired me, made me cry, made me smile and made me
think, - thank you
"And you always will be,
Cherished by me"
Lesley - Rest in peace
My sincere condolences to her family and friends."
| "My condolences to
Lesley's husband and family. Her voice will forever remind me of days
gone by and memories of when I was younger. Her voice being one of the
fond, joyful memories of my time spent on Earth. May the Great Spirits
guide her on the next chapter of her life."
Victoria, BC, Canada
| "I'm so glad that I have the memories of
having seen Lesley in concert twice, given that she wasn't that keen on
| "Leslie was always so
warm and friendly and a joy to work with at the lunches. Her music was
amazing and vairi enjoyed singing her song so much. Tony and family we
send you all our love."
Joanie and John Mackay
|"Her music is a beautiful message the world so
desperately needs to hear."
Fort Worth, Texas USA
|"Dear Lesley known you since
your brother Jimmy managed my band the answers back in 66 you were
always so kind and supportive you backed me in Holland on the grand gala
de disc with your wonderful voice 1971 loved you always as a very
My deepest sympathy goes out to your family ,friends and fans around the world love and peace always."
J Vincent Edwards
|"So saddened by this news - can't quite beleive
Your songs were so gentle, emotional, uplifting - unforgettable, and deserving of a much wider appreciation.
My sincere condolences to Lesley's family and friends - but her music lives on."
|"Lesley's voice was unique
in its quiet warmth and depth, and her songs were somehow both
distinctive and of the time - some so strongly etched in my musical
consciousness these thirty-odd years.
I feel privileged to have seen her perform live - and also fortunate to have been able to return to her songs through her recordings, and each time relive what I felt on first listening.
Lesley - thank you. Your music lives on."
|"Such very very sad news. I first met Lesly in
1963 when she came to London and we worked together several years later
with Dusty Springfield doing many tours, shows and sessions. I never
knew she had been sick for so long and really shocked when I heard of
her passing. I was hoping to catch up with her when I return to Britain
for Dusty Day in April. She was a talented writer/singer and a beautiful
person. You will be missed. Rest in peace."
Your Friend Douggie Reece
|"Deeply saddened to learn of
Lesley's transition. I clearly recollect purchasing her single "Love
Song" when I was 18 and growing up in Edinburgh. Truly beautiful. Now,
some 40 years later, I am sitting here crying.. So many memories
evoked... So simple and so true... "Love is what what we came here for."
Thank you Lesley..."
Doogie (Douglas) Armstrong
St Louis USA
|"Another part of my youth fades away. Love Song,
by her, not the Elton John version, was part of my teenage soundtrack. I
am truly sad about this."
|"So sad, tinged with the
bitter sweet expectation that Lesley's music will become more easily
available and that she will now get some well deserved recognition."
|"Too young to leave us but you left us some
beautiful lasting memories , thank you Lesley."
|"Just heard about Lesley's
passing. I like a lot of other people thought her albums were beautiful.
Moonbathing was my own favourite and it was looking to see if I could
download a copy that led me to the sad news."
|"I would just like to pass on my heartfelt
condolences to all who knew and worked with Lesley. Rest in peace."
|"I didn't know her music
well, but saw her perform once in the mid-Seventies (supporting whom? I
can't remember)and her beautiful rendition of 'I Can See Where I'm
Going' has stayed with me ever since. What a sad loss."
|"A very talented lady, hopefully all of her
albums will be re-released and re-discovered.
My favourite track is Maybe its Lost."
|"Very shocked to hear of her
death., She came from the best era for music and life in general. I have
listened to her music for years and always reminds me of my childhood in
the seventies. when listening to her music it is like a throw back to a
time that will never come back and is a marker of time and years
floating away that will never return."
|"I have been a great fan for years. Her music
struck a chord with me from an early age and I feel lucky to have been
able to hear all of her albums. My sympathies to her family."
|"Lesley had a beautiful
voice. And she must have been a special person to have written such
great songs and to perform them with so many great artists. I'm at the
stage in my life when I remember the special albums I bought back then
and I was just thinking about hers just the other day. I wish I'd known
when I've been in Tobermory that she was so near. My thoughts are with
her family at this time. Phil"
|"Hello Tony. Just read about Lesley on the BBC
website. Very saddened to hear the news, she will be sorely missed but
always remembered. It was lovely knowing you both in your years in
|"Met Lesley in Luxemborg as
she was being interviewed on Kid Jensen show [ I shared a flat we kid ]
in 70s,had a fantastic dinner that evening with Lesley , what amazing
lady she was . will miss her ."
Hampshire / UK
|"I've followed Lesley for the past 35 years and
am very upset to hear of her death. I recall getting a letter published
in the NME or Melody Maker in the 70s saying how she was the future of
the English women singer songwriters. She still shines for me. Who else
sang about our planet and supported Friends of the Earth like she did?
She saw what was coming. Recently I tried to do a compilation of songs
about respect for the earth - not many songs around but of course Earth
Mother was there. Seeing the earth as a mother is from St Francis - I
hope they get on well together!"
|"Truly sad to hear of
Lesley's untimely passing. She was and always will be my favourite
female artist of all time. 'Sing children sing.Sing of the true way,
sing of the time. Show them the new way, let your light shine.'"
|"So sad to hear of Lesley's passing. I like the
Alan Parsons Project song with her vocals. A beautiful voice. I play the
song over and over."
|"I only heard this terribly
sad news last night. I met Lesley in 1975 after her support gig for Don
McLean at The Royal Albert Hall. Later that evening I went to a party at
her home which carried on through the night with friends and family. Her
two (very young) sons, Sam and Joe were there...I've often wondered how
they are and what they're doing now. Lesley had the most beautiful
voice, from the first moment I heard her sing I was captivated.
'Moonbathing' has been and will always be my favourite album of all
time. It re-creates the era and magic from that time in my life (I was
only 17) and for that I have always silently thanked her. Farewell
Lesley and once more from my heart, thank you. xxx "
|"I was lucky enough to have known Lesley well in
the 1960s. She was a wonderful singer and songwriter as well as being a
thoughful, engaging often amusing and always extremely loveable lady.
Like many of us who were lucky enough to have known her I will always
hold on to the many happy memories I have of her. My sincere condolences
go to you Tony for your great loss. Thanks to Lesley for all of the
music and memories. You made a huge impression on all who knew you and
will be greatly missed."
|"One of the greatest female
vocalists of all time in particular her vocals on Dark Side of the Moon.
|"I am very sorry to hear about Lesley's death. As
a young man buying records for the fisrt time in the early 1970s I
bought Sing Children Sing and Then Earth Mother. She had a loverly voice
and was a writer of considerable ability.
Nearly 30 years later I still listen to her records and will continue to do so. So I suppose in that sense she lives on."
|"Heard last night, On Bob
Harris's show, that Lesley sadly died.
First became aware of Lesley and her music via Elton John's music and concerts in the early 70's. Sad loss to this world and her family."
|"If I Could Change Your Mind is one of my
favorite songs of all times. I just learned that the one who sang it,
has passed away. RIP Lesley, you will forever live on in that song.
My heart goes out to her family and loved ones!"
|"Well, can't add to any of
the wonderful tributes here - just desperately sad that Lesley's left us
far too soon. She did us the honour of performing our radio station song
and jingle package at the same time as Moon Bathing; as young hopefuls
we were very seriously impressed to have someone of her talent and
experience on our side. My dad and mum stayed in Tob at the time and
managed to pick up the opening song thanks to his FM wizardry, so a bit
of serendipity there as well - which I now think seems very appropriate"
|"I bought Lesley's albums as a schoolboy and my
favourite tracks still come up on my iPod 'shuffle' today. As a
journalist I spend my working life interviewing those who are considered
news, but often wish I could sit down with singers and writers who have
disappeared from the public eye but whose work has meant a lot to me.
Lesley would have been just such an artist. I'm so sorry to learn of her
passing and more sorry still to hear she had been in such pain. But how
wonderful that she had built a new life in such a beautiful place and
that she is remembered so fondly by local people unaware of her musical
heritage. My sincere condolences to her husband and sons and my thanks
to Lesley for the voice, the words and the music, which will live on and
|"I heard the news on Bob
Harris's radio show last night - I bought Lesley's album "Everything
Changes" when it came out, and over 10 years later I too had a son
called Sam. The words of her song moved me to tears when he was a baby,
and they still do. Lesley was indeed a great songwriter and singer and I
send my heartfelt condolences to her family."
|"It has been a cruel month, losing Lesley and
Micky Jones. Had some really fun nights out with Lesley and she was such
a great laugh. At least we still have her music"
|"So sorry to hear the sad
news, Lesley was a lovely person. As Mike G writes below, Lesley was on
the Radio Forth Song, but she was not on the jingles. What happened was
that the jingles package was being completed at Emison studios in London
in November 1974 with writer-producer Rupert Hine (later to write and
produce for the likes of Tina Turner). We both agreed that while the
jingles were shaping up with the existing singers, the vocals on the
song were not turning out right. I thought that Lesley would be fine
since I admired her for her CBS albums Earth Mother and Sing Children
Sing, and lead with (the original) Nirvana on "Love suite" (with her
name misspelled!). She came in to the studio and polished off the song
perfectly in a just few takes."
|"I was a young Detective when I came to know
Lesley. She was visiting her mother and I happened to be there. She came
rushing in with the demo tape recording of her 'Love Song' and she
wanted us to hear it and let her know what we thought. I was knocked out
by its simplicity, reality and I was captivated. She went on joyfully to
tell us that the sound we could hear in the back ground was the lady
cleaner as she hoovered round the recording studio and whistled along
during the middle section. She deliberated as to whether the demo should
be the finished product and we may have helped her to make up her
mind,,, because the demo is the track on vinyl. So, since '71 I have
followed Lesley's life. Lesley will be hurtfully missed, but her songs
will live on and she will continue to be loved for being Lesley the
singer/song writer. I play guitar and sing, I always include Lesley's
'Love Song' where ever I may be and the folks listening will continue to
know the girl I met in '71. Our Love, God Bless, Barbara & Peter (Peter
Peter Howe B.E.M.
|"Sad news indeed.
Lesley Duncan's music and lyrics were an integral part of my formative years. I attempted to source some of her vinyl recordings only a few weeks ago. Once seen and heard -never forgotten.
|"Such sad news. Lesley was the first live act my
(now) husband and I saw together. It was at the QEH on the South Bank in
1972 and Long John Baldry was support. At the end of the gig she the
audience demanded an encore. She reluctantly came back and apologised
for being unprepared for such an eventuality and had to repeat a song
she had already performed. She seemed genuinely surprised and embarassed
by the audiences reluctance to let her go. Lovely voice, lovely person.
RIP Lesley, I'm off to the loft to dig out some vinyl."
|"God bless you Lesley, Back
in the sixties, you called me The Little Prince, and gave me my first
copy of the book!
Where has the time gone?
See you soon,"
Philip & Louisa Sanderson
|"God bless you, Lesley. Peace and Love."
|"So sad to hear about
lesleys passing. It was a joy to know you both."
Brian & Margaret Smith
|"Lesley. Such sad news. Just wanted to
acknowledge your passing in some small way. You will never be far from
our thoughts. Your recordings will B treasured!"
|"I was checking my friends
on Myspace for the first time in a few weeks when I came across the news
that Lesley had passed. I couldn't believe what I was reading. Firstly,
66 is no age these days and secondly, I'm sure we all picture Lesley as
we have seen her in so many photographs, perennially young. Condolences
to family and friends. Her music will be even more poignant to me now."
|"We were just talking the other day about the
toys Lesley used to give to my sister Claire when Sam and Joe had
outgrown them. Only a few days later I was shocked to hear the sad news
that Lesley had died (Bob Harris, BBC R2) and I send condolences to
Tony, Sam and Joe from the Amos family. RIP Lesley - a truly talented
writer and singer of beautiful songs."
|"So sad to hear of Lesley's death. I remember
interviewing her for the Melody Maker when Sing Children Sing came out
in 1971, and being impressed by her warmth and wit -- and, of course,
her quiet beauty."
|"Sorry to hear of the passing of a fine singer
and songwriter. Lesley was a big part of my youth in terms of music. Yet
another chapter closed sadly. However she did make a huge impression and
one that will continue to be felt and heard for many years. R.I.P
Lesley. Sadly missed."
|"I am a 56-year old man, and
I'm sitting here in floods of tears having just read about Lesley's
death. Thank you Lesley for your wonderful voice and songs which have
had a deal of meaning for me in past times.
|"I only found out about Lesley's passing today
through Spectropop. This is such sad news. I was in my teens in the 60s
and very conscious of the bond that Dusty, Kiki, Madeline and Lesley had
and the part they played in the music industry, both individually and
collectively. It saddened me that she never enjoyed the success of her
"backing singer pals". "Sing Children Sing" was always such a special
track, I loved it when it came out and love it still nearly 40 years
down the line. RIP Lesley"
|"I have been reduced to floods
of tears on hearing this sad news. Why do so many of the lovely people
in this world not live long enough or for that matter enjoy the success
that their talent deserves? I had not heard the song Tomorrow until it
started playing when going into the tribute page. Talk about poignant, a
lovely song by a lovely lady."
|"l was a huge fan of Lesley during the 70s and
played her album "Moonbathing" until it wore out! I was very sad to read
of her death in this morning's Guardian newspaper - and so young too! I
was also interested to hear that she had moved to Mull - one of my
absolute favourite places in the world! May she have eternal rest."
|"Had her album "Everything
Changes" and thought she had a lovely voice. God Bless"
|"I was mesmerised by Sing Children Sing when I
first heard it in 1969. A beautiful voice, and beautiful lyrics. So many
other lovely songs too. Very sorry to hear that Lesley has passed away."
|"So sorry to hear this sad
news. I have 2 of her albums from the 1970s, these are very special and
treasured. Its a mystery why she was not better known. Sincere
condolences to her husband and family."
|"Terribly sad news... One of my favourite
singers, Lesley was a true talent and REALLY should have been much
bigger than she was - but it would appear she was content to be out of
the spotlight, and by all accounts, was a very self effacing person.
Your second album Earth Mother will live with me forever (as it has done
for the last 35 years) - each song a friend and an individual gem.
Thank you Lesley and now, Rest In Peace."
| "I JUST learned of the
sad loss of such a great songwriter. As a singer and songwriter, OH what
a gift to leave for those of us who aspire to pen for the world a gift
as great as LOVE SONG. I pay tribute by my rendition of this song on
YOUTUBE. GOD Bless her family during this difficult time. Very
Sincerely, Jesse Deese"
Panama City Beach, Florida USA
| "My condolences to Lesley's Family and
World of friends. I have the "Love Song" album cover on my wall next to
Abbey Road and Yes' Close to the Edge."Love Song" absolutely changed my
life at 17 y.o. forever, and saved me from a certain early death, as I
was into drugs and negative things heavily by then. it was truly a
Divinely inspired song as many of hers were, and I feel God came through
her well, improving many thousands of lives forever! Tearfully and with
gratitude and love to you Lesley."
| "For me Leslie, the
connection was Dark Side of the Moon but obviously I can see that you
achieved so much more. Thank you for your part of a piece of music that
means so much to me, Ken."
|"Very sad to hear this news. Just spent the
evening listening over and over to her records just like I did in the
seventies. Pleased to learn that others shared this joy and that she was
so loved by family, friends and by so many of us who never knew her."
|"I still have Sing Children
Sing, purchased when the album was first relaeased. Don't ask me why I
bought it. I have many forgetable records. But I've never been able to
part with it. Lesley, I will always remember you. Thanks for touching my
|"In the seventies I heard the LP “Sing Children
Sing” when I visited a friend. The next day I went to the music shop to
order it. Later I bought it as a CD and Earth Mother found also the way
to my music collection. On a rainy day the music of Lesley gives me
peace in my heart. There are a few things that make the world more
beautiful. Lesley’s music with her warm, strong but also venerable voice
is one of those things. That’s why I felt so sad when I‘ve read today
that she has left us. If I would be alone on an island and I was obliged
to choose 3 CD’s, without any doubt one of them would be one of Lesley.
You are now gone, but a lot of people will further on find strength in
Antwerpen - Belgium
|"Lots of love to Joe and his
|"Sad to hear of untimely passing.Thinking of
Bridgend County Borough Wales
|"A lady with a fabulous,
distinctive voice - (thanks to Terry Wogan for still playing her),so
sorry to hear of her death. May she rest in peace and be fondly
remembered by all who loved her."
|"I used to be a mastering engineer at IBC Studios
where Lesley recorded the Sing Children Sing and Earth Mother albums. I
used to sit in on some of those recording sessions. I still have full
colour visions of those times. Privileged times watching Lesley put
together those albums. I've always loved her music and was fortunate
enough to remaster those two albums for CD a few years ago. I also
feature Lesley's tracks regularly on my radio show because she deserves
more coverage than she has. Lesley was a true and gentle star. She will
continue to shine forever. Happy days Lesley."
Isle of Skye
|"Loved her music in the `70s.
Saw her live in Cardiff when she supported Leo Sayer. He was irritating
(the girl friend loved him !) I thought Lesley was far superior--she
sang & played beautifully. A talented & sensitive singer songwriter.
|"Have just heard of the sad news on Johnnie
Lovely gentle musician and songwriter. The light may have gone but somewhere her light will shine brighter. God Bless."
Thanks to all who left tributes. This tribute page has been a labor of love. Thank you.