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"Then Yamaha asked me to do the same for them. I worked on my own and thoroughly enjoyed it."
After marrying Barbara, he emigrated to Spain for four years where he used to tinkle the ivories in a restaurant near Alicante.
"I've travelled all over, performed with some great musicians and had the prestige of being the representative for two worldwide companies. And I've enjoyed every bit of it."
"I never gave up music," he added.
"Unfortunately, it gave me up when I developed Parkinson's Disease.
It was at that point he was approached by Italian electronic organ builder Farfisa and asked if he would become a demonstrator and salesman for them.
"I always played the popular music of yesteryear for both piano and organ and they sold quite well," Les remembers.
England in 1989, I took a job with a retail organ company, again doing demos, and eventually ended up as a store manager in Doncaster," said Les.
"The job involved doing demonstration concerts all over the country.
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a young lad used to sit at the school piano every lunchtime playing popular tunes of the day
After a couple of years, the Locarno became a Mecca ballroom and the company moved its resident bands around to different dance halls.
popular tunes, mostly jazz influenced, like George Gerschwin and Cole Porter," said Les, who celebrated his 80th birthday earlier this year.
Though illness has now robbed him of the ability to play, he was delighted when around 40 musician friends turned up at the Wilmot Arms, at a party organised by daughters Wendy and Gillian, to wish him well and have a reunion jam.
"It was great, really nice," said Les, who turned professional after he was invited to join the Derby Locarno Band, based at the former Grand Theatre in Babington Lane.
"When George Derek, the conductor of the Locarno Band, asked me to join them in the 1960s, I gave up hairdressing and went professional."
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His nomadic life did not sit well with marriage, however, and Les split from his first wife many years ago.
" I did them in hotels, village Nike Uptempo Custom halls, shopping centres, holiday camps a whole variety of venues, for around 15 years.
His demonstration concerts were frequently recorded and made into LPs.
trio for about 15 years but had always kept the day job, even though we were very successful and had built up quite a following.
"But I'm happy in the knowledge that I've had so many glorious years of enjoyment and fulfillment.
Les followed the band to the Leicester Palais for another couple of years and then to the Sherwood Room in Nottingham.
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