Les’s father, Ralph Henry, started a local troupe of child entertainers, called “The Westfield Kids”, including singers, comedians and dancers, who entertained troops in hospitals and working men’s clubs. Les accompanied the acts on piano and accordion. It was at this time that he wrote his very first songs, both lyrically and melodically. Because of the closeness to his mother, his very first song was called “Oh Mother Dear”. The second song was called “Nirvana”. Strange because the song was about a paradise island. Les didn’t know at the time that Nirvana meant exactly that – a paradise island.