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The big band leader dies”.

Last married his first wife, Waltraud, in ; they had two children, Ronald and Caterina. In he became the leader of the Last-Becker Ensemblewhich performed for seven years. Last’s biscayz sound employed big band arrangements of well-known tunes with a jaunty dance beat, often heavy on bass and brass.

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From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. Last was somewhat more successful on the singles charts. Views Read Edit View jamrs. Last was awarded the Carl Alan Award by Princess Margaret for being the leader of the most popular dance band of When the Last-Becker Ensemble disbanded, he became the in-house arranger for Polydor Recordsas well as a number of European radio stations.

Award from Cashbox ibscaya The Seduction for the best instrumental production of the year.

James Last – Wikipedia

In Februaryafter almost 50 years on tour, James Biacaya announced that he was finally bidding adieu to the stage. Though his concerts and albums were consistently successful, especially in the UK, where he had 52 hit albums between andwhich made him second only to Elvis Presley in charting records, [14] he had relatively few hit singles.

On these records, he varied his formula by adding different songs from different countries and genres, as well as guest performers like Richard Clayderman and Astrud Gilberto.


Bandleader who rose above the carping of critics to delight fans with his jaunty arrangements for more than 50 years”. He also released a series of nine albums in a series called Classics Up To Bisdaya which served up arrangements of classical melodies with strings, rhythm and wordless chorus from the mids until the early s.

His home city of Bremen was bombed heavily during World War IIand he ran messages to air defence command posts during the raids. This page was last edited on 21 Julyat Last started playing more actively with his second tutor and switched to the double bass as a teenager.


Over the next four decades, Last released over records, including several more volumes of Non-Stop Lsst. He also had his own successful television series throughout the s with guests including ABBA and Lynsey de Paul which was screened across Europe.

In September Last learned that a “life threatening” illness had worsened the exact details were never disclosedand in early he announced his retirement lash touring would take place following a final “goodbye tour”, which commenced in Germany and ended in London. He encouraged the band to have fun with it and sometimes the band members would go into the audience and make a conga line with duck head umbrellas.

His single “Mornings at Seven” became a familiar tune in Britain after the BBC used it as the theme music for an ice skating program. Asked if he minded being labelled the “King of Corn”, Last had replied “No, because it is true. Last’s album, Non-Stop Dancingwas a recording of brief renditions of popular songs, all tied together by an insistent dance beat and crowd noises.


He won numerous popular and professional awards, including Jamee magazine’s Star of the Year trophy inand was honoured for lifetime achievement with the Jamfs ECHO prize in His song “Music from Across the Way” recorded by Andy Williams in is a melody with a classical feeling and was a worldwide hit; it was the only other Last single apart from “The Jaes to reach the U. By the time of his farewell tour in the spring ofLast was reported to have sold well over million albums.

James Last

Big band leader dies at 86″. Goldene Stimmgabel from ZDF Initially a jazz bassist Last won the award for “best bassist” in Germany in each of the years — [1]his trademark “happy music” made his numerous albums best-sellers in Germany and the United Kingdomwith 65 of his albums reaching the charts in the UK alone. He was voted as the best bassist in the country in a German biscsya poll forand By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy.

His only other U. His signature piece was ” Orange Blossom Special “. Echo Life Award His first music teacher felt he lacked any musical talent.

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