British lyricist Leslie Adey has sadly passed away following a brief illness.
The songwriter and PRS for Music member was best known for penning Walk in My Sleep and This is Japan, which were covered by The Who’s Roger Daltrey and Long John Baldrey respectively.
Adey was born in 1949 and first made a name for himself in theatrical lighting, working with the psych-rock band Principle Edward’s Magic Theatre in the sixties.
In the seventies, he became lighting designer for Arthur Brown’s band Kingdom Come, and on Genesis tours for their albums Selling England By the Pound and The Lamb Lies Down on Broadway. Also that decade, he went on to work with prog rock-band Camel.
In tandem with his lighting design, Adey became an accomplished lyricist. He co-wrote Principle Edward’s Magic Theatre’s debut single, Ballad, which was released by John Peel’s Dandelion Records, and also penned Dance for Arthur Brown.
Adey then worked with Jack Green from The Pretty Things and T Rex, earning a gold disc for Green’s first solo album, Humanesque, released in 1980.
Having retired from lighting design, after stints at Sadler’s Wells Theatre and the London Palladium, Adey continued to write lyrics and poems throughout his life.