Sir Les Knott
Les started spinning in the late sixty’s building a reputation in and around Harlow in Essex
In 1970 secured a residency at Tiffany’s Harlow were he persuaded the management to set aside a night just for soul/funk music and started building a night which eventually had big names as guests such as Chris Hill, Tom Holland, Robbie Vincent and Chris Brown.
Les was instrumental in bringing the ALL DAYER and ALL NIGHTER to the south of England .At Tiffany’s Harlow there were a string of these events which spread to the rest of the south east during the middle to the late seventies.
In 1979 Les had a regular Friday night spot with Froggy (god bless) at the Royalty in Southgate and guest spots at The Lacy Lady in Ilford. A couple of caister soul Weekenders came along and the national soul day at Knebworth. Les also went on tour with the Fat Larry’s Band around 1980.
After leaving Tiffany’s in the early eighty’s Les had residencies at Benny’s in Harlow / Beckets in Ware / The Juicy Duck in Bishops Stortford. Les decided to up sticks and did a couple of years doing summer seasons in Majorca, Tenerife, mainland Spain and Ibiza .
On returning to the UK les has had residencies in H2O in Bishops Stortford / Rockies in Royston before retiring in 2005. Now after doing friends parties and charity disco’s Les has got the Bug Again And is doing gigs around the south east and of course Lagoona Soul.
People Les has had the pleasure of working with include : Marvin Gay (god bless) , The Fat Larry’s Band , Shalamar, Al Hudson , The real Thing , 5 Starr ,Second Image , Light of the World , Lonnie Liston Smith , Eddie Grant , GQ , Level 42 ,
Steve Walsh(god bless) , The Crusaders , Hot Chocolate , Rose Royce , Stevie Marriot(god bless) .
Thought of as Soul Royalty by his colleagues, its with rotal celebration that Sie Les will grace us with his presence at Lagoona Soul. All hail Sir Les!!