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James Last in 2006
James Last in 2006
James Last together with fan Guenter Krueger from Berlin

James Last (born Hans Last on April 17, 1929 in Bremen) is a German composer and big band leader. Image File history File linksMetadata Download high-resolution version (535x797, 128 KB) File links The following pages on the English Wikipedia link to this file (pages on other projects are not listed): James Last Metadata This file contains additional information, probably added from the digital camera or scanner used to... Image File history File linksMetadata Download high-resolution version (535x797, 128 KB) File links The following pages on the English Wikipedia link to this file (pages on other projects are not listed): James Last Metadata This file contains additional information, probably added from the digital camera or scanner used to... Image File history File links Download high resolution version (2048x1536, 1863 KB) File links The following pages link to this file: James Last ... Image File history File links Download high resolution version (2048x1536, 1863 KB) File links The following pages link to this file: James Last ... is the 107th day of the year (108th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1929 (MCMXXIX) was a common year starting on Tuesday (link will display the full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... This article is about the city in Germany. ... A big band is a type of musical ensemble associated with playing jazz music and which became popular during the Swing Era from the early 1930s until the late 1940s, although there are many big-bands around nowadays. ...

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Biography

Last learned to play the piano as a child, then switching to double bass as a teenager. At 14 he was entered in the Bückeburg Military Music School of the German Wehrmacht. After the fall of the Nazis, he joined Hans-Gunther Österreich's Radio Bremen Dance Orchestra in 1946. In 1948, he became the leader of the Last-Becker Ensemble, which performed for seven years. During that time, he was voted as the best bassist in the country by a German jazz poll for three consecutive years, from 1950-1952. After the Last-Becker Ensemble disbanded, he became the in-house arranger for Polydor Records, as well as for a number of European radio stations. For the next decade, he helped arrange hits for artists like Helmut Zacharias, Freddy Quinn, Lolita, Alfred Hause and Caterina Valente. Pianoforte redirects here. ... Side and front views of a modern double bass with a French bow. ... “Young Men” redirects here. ... Map of Germany showing Bückeburg Bückeburg is a small town in Lower Saxony, Germany. ... The straight-armed Balkenkreuz, a stylized version of the Iron Cross, the emblem of the Wehrmacht. ... Nazism in history Nazi ideology Nazism and race Outside Germany Related subjects Lists Politics Portal         Nazism or National Socialism (German: Nationalsozialismus), refers primarily to the ideology and practices of the Nazi Party (National Socialist German Workers Party, German: Nationalsozialistische Deutsche Arbeiterpartei or NSDAP) under Adolf Hitler. ... Year 1946 (MCMXLVI) was a common year starting on Tuesday (link will display full 1946 calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1948 (MCMXLVIII) was a leap year starting on Thursday (link will display the 1948 calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... Last-Becker Ensemble was a German jazz group that was popular in the late 1940s and early 1950s. ... For other uses, see Jazz (disambiguation). ... Look up poll in Wiktionary, the free dictionary. ... Year 1950 (MCML) was a common year starting on Sunday (link will display the full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1952 (MCMLII) was a leap year starting on Tuesday (link will display full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... Last-Becker Ensemble was a German jazz group that was popular in the late 1940s and early 1950s. ... 1920s vintage Polydor export label with its double-horn gramophone logo In 1954 Polydor Records introduced their distinctive orange label. ... Helmut Zacharias (January 27, 1920-February 28, 2002) was a German violinist. ... The seafaring image typical of Quinns early career Freddy Quinn (born September 27, 1931) is an Austrian singer and actor whose popularity within the German-speaking world soared in the late 1950s and 1960s. ... Ditta Zusa Einzinger is an Austrian pop singer who records under the stage name Lolita. ... The two faces of Caterina Valente: lady and tomboy. ...


Work

James Last first released albums in the U.S. under the titles The American Patrol on Warner Brothers around 1964. He also released a series of 9 albums in a series called Classics Up To Date Vols. 1-9 which served up arrangements of classical melodies with strings, rhythm and wordless chorus from the mid sixties through the early seventies. 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. It was a hit and helped make him a major European star. Over the next four decades, Last released over 190 records, including several more volumes of Non-Stop Dancing. On these records, he varies his formula by adding different songs from different countries and genres, as well as guest performers like Richard Clayderman and Astrud Gilberto. He also had his own successful television series in the 1970s with guests ABBA and Lynsey de Paul. Image File history File links Unbalanced_scales. ... Non stop dancing 65 is a 1965 album by the James Last Band, conducted and arranged by James Last, engineered by Peter Klemt, recorded at Polydor studios in Hamburg, Germany. ... Year 1965 (MCMLXV) was a common year starting on Friday (link will display full calendar) of the 1965 Gregorian calendar. ... For other uses, see Europe (disambiguation). ... Richard Clayderman (born Philippe Pagès on December 28, 1953, Paris, France) is a French pianist who has released numerous albums, including renditions and arrangements of popular music, French chansons, and popular piano works of Beethoven, Chopin and Mozart. ... Astrud Gilberto (born March 29, 1940) is a Brazilian singer best known for her samba and bossa nova music, most famously as the vocalist on the Grammy Award winning song The Girl from Ipanema. // Astrud Gilberto was born Astrud Weinert, the daughter of a Brazilian mother and a German father... Abba redirects here. ... Lynsey de Paul (born Lynsey Monckton Rubin, 11 June 1950, London) is an English singer-songwriter. ...


Though his concerts and albums are consistently successful—especially in England, where he had 52 hit albums between 1967 and 1986, which made him second only to Elvis Presley in charting records[citation needed]—he has only had two hit singles with “The Seduction,” the theme from American Gigolo (1980), and “Biscaya” from the album Biscaya. The song "The Lonely Shepherd", written by Last and performed by Zamfir and the James Last Orchestra, was featured in the soundtrack to Quentin Tarantino's film Kill Bill Vol. 1 (2003). [1] For other uses, see England (disambiguation). ... Year 1967 (MCMLXVII) was a common year starting on Sunday (link will display full calendar) of the 1967 Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1986 (MCMLXXXVI) was a common year starting on Wednesday (link displays 1986 Gregorian calendar). ... Elvis redirects here. ... DVD cover American Gigolo is a 1980 film, written and directed by Paul Schrader, who based the film on French director Robert Bressons Pickpocket (1959). ... Year 1980 (MCMLXXX) was a leap year starting on Tuesday (link displays the 1980 Gregorian calendar). ... Gheorghe Zamfir (born April 6, 1941, in GăeÅŸti, Romania) is a famous Romanian musician who is a virtuoso on the pan pipes. ... The Kill Bill: Volume 1 OST is the soundtrack to the first volume of the two-part Quentin Tarantino film, Kill Bill. ... Quentin Jerome Tarantino (born March 27, 1963) is an Academy Award- and Palme dOr-winning American film director, screenwriter and actor. ... Kill Bill is the fourth feature film written and directed by Quentin Tarantino released in two parts: Volume 1 & Volume 2. ... Year 2003 (MMIII) was a common year starting on Wednesday of the Gregorian calendar. ...


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. His songs Elizabethan Serenade and Music from Across the Way (recorded by Andy Williams in 1972) are terrific melodies with a great classical feeling and were huge worldwide hits. Last has a large fan base in Europe and elsewhere. His trademark is big band arrangements of pop music hits; his series of “party albums” is equally well known. Over the course of his career, he has sold well over 100 million albums.[citation needed] Billboard is a weekly American magazine devoted to the music industry. ... Year 1976 (MCMLXXVI) was a leap year starting on Thursday (link will display full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... Look up echo in Wiktionary, the free dictionary. ... Year 1994 (MCMXCIV) The year 1994 was designated as the International Year of the Family and the International Year of the Sport and the Olympic Ideal by the United Nations. ... A big band is a type of musical ensemble associated with playing jazz music and which became popular during the Swing Era from the early 1930s until the late 1940s, although there are many big-bands around nowadays. ... This article is about the genre of popular music. ...


Personal life

Personally, Last divides his time between Florida and Germany. He gives much credit to his wife and son, who help with his music. This article is about the U.S. State of Florida. ...


Discography

Productions of James Last: (As Hans Last, Orlando and James Last)

  • Die gab's nur einmal (1963)
  • Die gab's nur einmal (1964)
  • Musikalische Liebesträume (1965)
  • Continental Tango (1965)
  • Non Stop Dancing '65 (1965)
  • Hammond A Go Go (1965)
  • Non Stop Dancing '66 (1965)
  • Beat In Sweet (1965)
  • Ännchen von Tharau bittet zum Tanz (1966)
  • Trumpet A Go Go (1966)
  • Hammond A Go Go Vol.2 (1966)
  • Instrumentals Forever (1966)
  • Classics Up To Date (1966)
  • Non Stop Dancing '66/II (1966)
  • Christmas Dancing (1966)
  • Sax A Go Go (1967)
  • Non Stop Dancing '67 (1967)
  • That's Life (1967)
  • Games That Lovers Play (1967)
  • Non Stop Dancing '67/2 (1967)
  • Trumpet A Go Go Vol. 2 (1967)
  • James Last Presents George Walker (1967)
  • Piano A Go Go (1968)
  • Guitar A Go Go (1968)
  • Humba Humba A Go Go (1968)
  • Non Stop Dancing '68 (1968)
  • Freddy Live (1968) (live-concert with Freddy)
  • Trumpet A Go Go 3 (1968)
  • Non Stop Dancing 7 (1968)
  • Rock Around With Me! (1968)
  • Käpt’n James bittet zum Tanz (1968)
  • Sekai Wa Futari No Tameni (1968) (only in Japan)
  • Die Dreigroschenoper (1968) (3 LP-box)
  • Non Stop Dancing 8 (1969)
  • Hammond a go go 3 (1969)
  • Op klompen (1969)
  • Ännchen von Tharau bittet zum Tanz 2 (1969)
  • Hair (1969)
  • Non Stop Dancing 9 (1969)
  • Bloot von Ninkomarp (1969)
  • Wenn suess das Mondlicht auf den Huegeln schlaeft (1969)
  • Happy Lehar (1969)
  • Non Stop Evergreens (1969)
  • Classics Up To Dat Vol.2 (1969)
  • Onders moeders paraplu (1969)
  • Golden Non Stop Dancing 10 (1970) (jubilee-edition as LP-Box)
  • Around The World (1970) (3 LP-Box)
  • Beachparty (1970)
  • America Album (1970) (promo-edition - not official released)
  • With Compliments (1970)
  • Non Stop Dancing 11 (1970)
  • Käpt’n James bittet zum Tanz - Vol. 2 (1971)
  • In Scandinavia (1971)
  • Happyning (1971)
  • Non Stop Dancing 12 (1971)
  • Last Of Old England (1971)
  • Beachparty 2 (1971)
  • Non Stop Dancing 1972 (1971) (Non Stop Dancing 13)
  • Polka Party (1971)
  • In Concert (1971)
  • Voodoo Party (1971)
  • Wenn die Elisabeth mit ... James Last (1972)
  • Non Stop Dancing 1972/2 (1972)
  • Love Must Be The Reason (1972)
  • Beachparty 3 (1972)
  • Russland zwischen Tag und Nacht (1972)
  • Polka Party II (1972)
  • Non Stop Dancing 1973 (1972)
  • Classics (1973)
  • Sing mit (1973)
  • Happy Hammond (1973)
  • Non Stop Dancing 1973/2 (1973)
  • Beachparty 4 (1973)
  • Weihnachten & James Last (1973)
  • Käpt’n James auf allen Meeren (1973)
  • Non Stop Dancing 1974 (1973)
  • Sax and Violins A Go Go (1974)
  • Sing mit 2 (1974)
  • In Wien beim Wein (1974)
  • James Last Live (1974) (2 LP-album)
  • Non Stop Dancing 1974/2 (1974)
  • Beachparty 5 (1974)
  • Polka Party 3 (1974)
  • Violins In Love (1974)
  • Classics Up To Date 3 (1974)
  • Sing mit 3 (1975)
  • Non Stop Dancing 20 (jubilee-edition) (1975) ("Non Stop Dancing '65" new recorded)
  • In The Mood For Trumpets (1975)
  • Well Kept Secret (1975)
  • Tulpen uit Amsterdam (1975)
  • Rock Me Gently (1975) (Only England & Kanada)
  • Beachparty 6 (1975)
  • Mambo No. 5 And Other Loved Classics (1975)
  • Non Stop Dancing 1976 (1975)
  • Stars im Zeichen eines guten Sterns (1975)
  • Sing mit 4 (1976)
  • Freut Euch des Lebens (1976)
  • Happy Summer Night (1976)
  • Non Stop Dancing 1976/2 (1976)
  • Happy Marching (1976)
  • Classics Up To Date 4 (1976)
  • Non Stop Dancing 1977 (1976)
  • Sing mit 5 (1976)
  • James Last spielt Robert Stolz (1977)
  • Non Stop Dancing 1977/2 (1977)
  • Western Party And Square Dance (1977)
  • Russland Erinnerungen (1977)
  • Sing mit 6 – von Hamburg bis Mexico (1977)
  • Non Stop Dancing 78 – Folge 25 (1978)
  • Live In London (1978)
  • World Hits (1978)
  • Classics Up To Date 5 (1978)
  • New Non Stop Dancing '79 (1978)
  • Copacabana – Happy Dancing (1979)
  • James Last And The Rolling Trinity (1979)
  • Non Stop Hansi (1979) (to his 50. birthday - not for sale)
  • Hereinspaziert zur Polka Party (1979)
  • Paintings (1979) (Only in Japan)
  • Ein festliches Konzert zur Weihnachtszeit (1979)
  • The Non Stop Dancing Sound Of The 80's (1979)
  • Sing mit 7 – Die Party für das ganze Jahr (1980)
  • Romantische Träume (1980)
  • Seduction (1980)
  • Caribbean Nights (1980)
  • Non Stop Dancing '81 (1980)
  • Rosen aus dem Süden (1980)
  • Die schönsten Melodien der letzten 100 Jahre (1980)
  • Sing mit 8 … und ab geht die Feuerwehr! (1981)
  • Ännchen von Tharau bittet zum Träumen (1981)
  • Tango (1981)
  • Hansimania (1981)
  • Non Stop Dancing ’82 – Hits Around The World (1982)
  • Sing mit 9 – Lass’ die Puppen tanzen (1982)
  • Jahrhundertmelodien (1982)
  • Biscaya (1982)
  • Nimm mich mit Käpt’n James auf die Reise (1982)
  • Paradiesvogel (1982)
  • Sing mit 10 – Wir wollen Spass! (1982)
  • Non Stop Dancing '83 – Party Power (1983)
  • Erinnerungen (1983)
  • James Last spielt die grössten Songs von The Beatles (1983)
  • The Rose Of Tralee (1983)
  • Superlast (1983)
  • Classics Up To Date Vol.6 (1984)
  • James Last im Allgäu (In The Alps) (1984)
  • Paradiso (1984)
  • James Last At St. Patrick's Cathedral, Dublin (1984)
  • James Last in Scotland (1984)
  • Non Stop Dancing '85 (1984)
  • Grenzenloses Himmelblau (1985)
  • Für alle! (Leave the best to Last) (1985)
  • Viva Vivaldi (1985)
  • Swing mit (1985)
  • Deutsche Vita (1986)
  • In Ireland (1986)
  • Plus (James Last & Astrud Gilberto) (1986)
  • Traumschiff-Melodien (1986)
  • Alles hat ein Ende nur die Wurst hat zwei (1987)
  • James Last in Holland (1987)
  • James Last spielt Bach (1987)
  • The Berlin-Concert ’87 (1987)
  • Lorentz & Soehne (1988)
  • Flute Fiesta (James Last & Berdien Stenberg) (1988)
  • Dance, Dance, Dance (1988)
  • James Last spielt Mozart (1988)
  • Happy Heart (1989)
  • Wir spielen wieder Polka (1989)
  • Lieder (James Last & René Kollo) (1989)
  • Classics By Moonlight (1990)
  • James Last in Holland 2 (1990)
  • Traummelodien (James Last & Richard Clayderman) (1990)
  • Pop Symphonies (1991)
  • Serenaden (James Last & Richard Clayderman) (1991)
  • Viva Espana (1992)
  • Country Cousins (1992)
  • James Last in Holland 3 (1992)
  • Frieden (Peace) (1992)
  • James Last spielt Andrew Lloyd Webber (1993)
  • Christmas Eve (James Last & Engelbert) (1994)
  • Dein ist mein ganzes Herz (James Last & Milva) (1994)
  • In Harmony (James Last & Richard Clayderman) (1995)
  • Beach Party ’95 (1995)
  • My Soul – Best of Motown (1995)
  • Classics From Russia (1996)
  • Macarena (1996)
  • Pop Symphonies 2 (1997)
  • Classics Up To Date 8 (1998)
  • Country Roads (1998)
  • The Best of Live on Tour (1998)
  • James Last & Friends (1998)
  • Happy Birthday (1999)
  • Concerts (1999)
  • Gentleman Of Music (2000)
  • Ocean Drive (2001)
  • James Last Plays ABBA (2001)
  • A World Of Music (2002)
  • New Party Classics (2002)
  • Elements Of James Last Vol.1(2004)
  • They Call Me Hansi (2004)
  • Die schönsten TV - und Filmmelodien (2006)
  • Live in Europe (2006)
  • Warum Maenner nicht zuhoeren und Frauen schlecht einparken (Soundtrack) (2007) GK
  • James Last In Los Angeles (Well Kept Secret 1975) (2008) GK
  • James Last - Live At The Royal Albert Hall (Released as 1 CD-edition and 2 CD-edition) (2008) GK

See also

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External links

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  • Interview with James in LeftLion Magazine 2007

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