Biscaya. By James Last. • 42 songs. Play on Spotify. 1. Happy Heart. 2. La Bostella. 3. Amboß-Polka. 4. Make This Night Last.

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When the Last-Becker Ensemble disbanded, he became the in-house arranger for Polydor Recordsas well as a number of European radio stations. By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.

James Last

,ast Februaryafter almost 50 years on tour, James Last announced that he was finally bidding adieu to the stage. Hotwhere it peaked at No. Last started playing more actively with his second tutor and switched to the double bass as a teenager. 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 jamez following a final “goodbye tour”, which commenced in Germany and ended in London.

Bandleader who rose above the carping of hames to delight fans with his jaunty arrangements for more than 50 years”. Goldenes GrammophonMunich.

Goldene Stimmgabel from ZDF In he became the leader of the Last-Becker Ensemblewhich performed for seven years.

Archived from the original on Last’s trademark sound employed big band arrangements of well-known tunes with a jaunty dance beat, often heavy on bass and brass. He won numerous popular and professional awards, including Billboard magazine’s Bbiscaya of the Year trophy inand was honoured for lifetime achievement with the German ECHO prize in His first music teacher felt he lacked any musical talent.

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Last was somewhat more successful on the singles charts. 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.

Last’s album, Non-Stop Dancingwas a recording of brief renditions of popular songs, all tied together by an insistent dance beat laat crowd noises. In other projects Wikimedia Commons.

James Last – Wikipedia

Last married his first wife, Waltraud, in ; they had two children, Ronald and Caterina. 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.

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. Guinness World Records Limited. Asked if he minded being labelled the “King of Corn”, Last had replied “No, because it is lasst.

jams 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 signature piece was ” Orange Blossom Special “.

Last was awarded the Carl Alan Award by Princess Margaret for being the leader of the most popular dance band of Retrieved from ” https: His only other U. His song “Music from Across the Way” jamees 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.


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This page was last edited on 21 Julyat It was a hit biacaya helped make him a major European star. Over the next four decades, Last released over records, including several more volumes of Non-Stop Bicsaya. Big band leader dies at 86″. 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 jazz poll forand By the time of his farewell tour in the past ofLast was reported to have sold well over million albums. He also released a series of nine albums in a series called Classics Up To Date which served bsicaya arrangements of classical melodies with strings, rhythm and wordless chorus from the mids until the early s.

He also had his own successful television series throughout the s with guests including ABBA and Lynsey de Paul which was screened across Europe.

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