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Hotwhere it peaked at No. In September Last learned that a “life threatening” illness had worsened the exact details were never disclosedand in early he announced his retirement from touring would take place following a final “goodbye tour”, which commenced in Germany and ended in London.

James Last – Wikipedia

Last’s trademark sound employed big band arrangements of well-known tunes with a jaunty dance laat, often heavy on bass and brass. 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. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. It was always a popular piece at his concerts. Retrieved from ” https: It was a hit and helped make him a major European star.

He also released a series of nine albums in a series called Classics Up To Date which served up arrangements of classical melodies with strings, rhythm and wordless chorus from the mids until the early s. Big band leader dies at 86″. Views Read Edit Ibscaya history. Archived from the original on Last was awarded the Carl Alan Biscayya by Princess Margaret for being the leader of the most popular dance band of Europa – Europawelle Saar.

Over the next four decades, Last released over records, including several more volumes of Non-Stop Dancing. Despite being the “most commercially successful bandleader” of the second half of the 20th century, [1] Last’s easygoing spending and “incompetent” financial advice led him at one stage to the “brink of ruin” financially. 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.


His home city of Bremen was bombed heavily during World War IIand he ran messages to air defence command posts during the raids. He was voted as the best bassist in the country in a German jazz poll forand Goldene Stimmgabel from ZDF 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.

Asked if he minded being labelled the biacaya of Corn”, Last had replied “No, because it is true. By the time of his farewell tour in the spring ofLast was reported to have sold well over million albums. Goldenes GrammophonMunich.

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In other projects Wikimedia Commons. Last married his first wife, Waltraud, in ; they had two children, Ronald and Caterina. The big band leader dies”. 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. Award from Cashbox for The Seduction for the best instrumental production of the year. His first music teacher felt he lacked any musical talent.

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In Februaryafter almost 50 years on tour, James Last announced that he was finally bidding adieu to the stage. This page was last edited on 21 Julyat Bandleader who rose above the carping of critics to delight fans with his jaunty arrangements for more than 50 years”.

His only other U. 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 Seduction” to reach the U. He won numerous popular and professional awards, including Billboard magazine’s Star of the Year trophy inand was honoured for lifetime achievement with the German ECHO prize in His signature piece was ” Orange Blossom Special “.


By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy. 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.

Last started playing more actively with his second tutor and switched to the double bass as a teenager. He also had his own successful television series throughout the s with guests including ABBA and Lynsey de Paul which was screened across Europe.

Wikimedia Commons has media related to James Last. In he became the leader of the Last-Becker Ensemblebisvaya performed for seven years.

Guinness World Records Limited. He played this at almost every concert.

Echo Life Award When the Last-Becker Ensemble disbanded, he became the in-house arranger for Polydor Recordsas well as a number of European radio bixcaya. 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.

Last first released albums in the U. Last was somewhat lats successful on the singles charts.