Les Knott

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‘Sir Les’ started spinning in the late 1960’s building a reputation in & around Harlow & Essex…

In 1970 Les secured a residency at Tiffany’s in Harlow where he persuaded the management to set aside a night just for soul/funk music & started building a night which eventually had big names as guests such as Chris Hill, Tom Holland, Robbie VincentChris Brown. Les was instrumental in bringing the ALL DAYER and ALL NIGHTER to the south of England.

Sir Les KnottAt Tiffany’s there were a string of these events which spread to the rest of the south east during the mid to late ’70’s. In 1979 Les had a regular Friday night spot with Froggy (god bless) at the Royalty in Southgate & guest spots at The Lacy Lady (Ilford), also played at the Caister Soul Weekenders & the National Soul Day at Knebworth. He went on tour with the Fat Larry’s Band around 1980 & after leaving Tiffany’s Les then had residencies At Benny’s (Harlow), Beckets (Ware) & The Juicy Duck (Bishops Stortford).

After then upping sticks & doing a couple of in Majorca, Tenerife, mainland Spain & Ibiza, Les returned to the UK to take up residencies at H2O (Bishops Stortford) & Rockies (Royston) before retiring from the decks in 2005. But now after doing friends parties & charity disco’s, Les has got the bug again & is doing gigs around the south east, including Summer Soulstice where he made his debut in 2015.

Over the years, he has also had the pleasure of working with the likes of the late, great Marvin Gaye, Shalamar, Al Hudson, The Real ThingFive Starr, Second Image, Light of the World, Lonnie Liston Smith, Eddie Grant, GQ, Level 42, The Crusaders, Hot Chocolate, Rose Royce & DJ’s Steve Walsh & Stevie Marriot (god bless to both) .

Now a regular in our Connoisseurs Corner, you can also catch Les on the digital airwaves every Thursday night from 9pm (UK time) on Zero Radio.

Arise ye Sir Les!

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