James Last

Knowledge Identifier: +James_Last


James Last

German composer and big band leader add

Category: Music

Born in 1929.

Countries: United States (35%), Germany (24%), France (12%)

Education: undef.

Main connections: Franck Pourcel, Mantovani, Bobbejaan Schoepen

Linked to: Billboard, Creedence Clearwater Revival, Polydor Records, Wehrmacht




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James Last was born in 1929 add something


After the fall of the Nazis, he joined Hans-Gunther Österreich's Radio Bremen Dance Orchestra in 1946 add something


In 1948, he became the leader of the Last-Becker Ensemble, which performed for seven years add something


Bill Ramsey (singer) - As of 1953, he appeared with, among others, Ernst Mosch, Paul Kuhn, Kurt Edelhagen and James Last


Bobbejaan Schoepen - During the 1960s, Camillo Felgen, Heino, and James Last, among others, would catapult his evergreen Ik heb eerbied voor jouw grijze haren into a huge European hit, which has sold more than three million copies


Last first released albums in the U.S. under the titles "The American Patrol" on Warner Brothers around 1964 add something


Last released an album, "Non-Stop Dancing," in 1965, a recording of brief renditions of popular songs, all tied together by an insistent dance beat and crowd noises add something


Though his concerts and albums are consistently successful, especially in the UK, where he had 52 hit albums between 1967 and 1986, which made him second only to Elvis Presley in charting records, he has had relatively few hit singles add something


He had his own successful television series in the 1970s with guests ABBA and Lynsey de Paul add something


Background music - This type of music was produced, for instance, by the Mantovani Orchestra, and conductors like Franck Pourcel and James Last, peaking in popularity around the 1970s


His song "Music from Across the Way" is a melody with a classical feeling and was a worldwide hit; it is the only other Last single apart from "The Seduction" to reach the U.S. Hot 100, where it peaked at No. 84 in late 1971 add something


Robert Last - In 1972, the James Last Band toured Australia, with resounding success


He has won numerous popular and professional awards, including "Billboard" magazine's Star of the Year trophy in 1976, and has been honoured for lifetime achievement with the German ECHO prize in 1994 add something


RTV Slovenia Big Band - It won the German Deutsche Phono Akademie award for the best record in 1978, competing with orchestras led by James Last and Max Greger's


In the US, where "The Seduction" became a Top 40 hit, peaking at No. 28 on the Billboard Hot 100 and No. 22 on the Adult Contemporary chart in May 1980, Last was somewhat more successful on the singles charts add something


European concert dates for April 2011 have been advertised add something


In September 2014 Last learned that a "life threatening" illness had worsened , and in early 2015 he announced his retirement from touring would take place following a final "goodbye tour", which commenced in Germany and ended in London add something


By the time of his farewell tour in the spring of 2015, Last was reported to have sold well over 100 million albums add something


In February 2015, after almost 50 years on tour, James Last announced that he was finally bidding adieu to the stage add something


The last concert of his "Non Stop Music James Last in Concert 2015" farewell tour took place in Cologne's Lanxess Arena on 26 April 2015, ending an era of almost half a century of "happy sound" music add something


Last died less than three months later, on 9 June 2015 in Florida at the age of 86 add something