LES VANDYKE (born JOHN WORSLEY; 21 June 1931,
* 1 Early life * 2 Career * 3 Songwriting credits * 4 References * 5 External links
When John was born, his father, a Greek Cypriot, was determined to
christen his son as YANNIS PARASKOS SKORDALIDES as a
AllMusic journalist Bruce Eder states, "Vandyke is one of those rare talents in English pop music whose songwriting success crossed several genres and eras, from the end of the 1950s right into the 1970s".
In his youth he was simply known as John Worsley. After schooling, he began work as a draughtsman prior to his compulsory two years national service which he claims were the happiest two years of his life. Returning to civilian life, he determined to become a singer, changing his name for the purpose to Johnny Worth.
He worked in pubs as a semi-professional until he managed to secure a
television appearance. Watching was the wife of well-known leader of
Oscar Rabin Band , and Worth was signed to the band, with whom he
remained for five years, making a number of recordings for Oriole
Worth had aspirations to be a songwriter, and though initial attempts
had failed, he asked pianist Les Reed to arrange a demo of his song
What Do You Want? ". Faith and Barry liked it, and with Barry's
arrangements , Faith took the song to number one in the UK Singles