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James Last (born Hans Last on April 17, 1929 in Bremen) is a German composer and big band leader with a large fan base in Europe and world-wide. Last’s trademark is arranging pop hits in a big-band style; his series of “party albums” is equally well-known. Over the course of his career, he has sold well over 100 million albums.

Last learned how to play piano as child, switching to bass as a teenager. He joined Hans-Gunther Oesterreich’s Radio Bremen Dance Orchestra in 1946, when he was 17 years old. In 1948, he became the leader of the Becker-Last 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 disbandment of the Becker-Last Ensemble, 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 and Caterina Valente.

Last released his first album “Non-Stop Dancing” in 1965. The record of brief renditions of popular songs, all tied together by an insistent dance beat and joyous crowd noises. It was a hit and helped make him a major European star. Over the next four decades, Last has 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.

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  • BillDavies31

    Fond of the Barry Reeves song "Face in the Crowd", but can't make out all of the lyrics. Can anyone help?

    3 Feb 8:52pm Reply
  • metawirt

    @CDPETE01: There is no CD version of Copacobana. Just LP or MC (rather cheap on ebay). BTW. James Last's (IMHO) best album "Well Kept Secret" (1975) has been rereleased as "James Last in Los Angeles" lately

    17 Oct 2013 Reply
  • CDPETE01

    one of his best albums was a latin feely one entitled Copa cabana,anyone know if this out on Cd anywhere ??,i cant find it

    29 May 2013 Reply
  • Heizdeckchen

    "So sick of seeing your face when I look through records at op shops." So true, its the german Barbara Streisand

    3 Dec 2012 Reply
  • Kaoru_is_here

    Jedes Mal wenn ich meine Großeltern besuche und bei denen das Radio läuft höre ich früher oder später "Biscaya". JEDES! MAL! Und das schon seit mehr als 20 Jahren...

    19 Nov 2012 Reply
  • Julie208

    The Lonely Shepherd - I'm proud of this Moldavian melody

    15 Jun 2012 Reply
  • tattooolli

    on the road again - James Last ! SUPER !

    3 Mar 2012 Reply
  • CDPETE01

    My dad loved James Last in the 70s,now my dad is in his 70s and still likes to listen to MR last.

    23 Feb 2012 Reply
  • LarkCGN

    A genius!!! :)

    3 Feb 2012 Reply
  • Xylvanya

    If you like ambitious and relaxing music, maybe it´s possible you like XYLVANYA: „Anxious“; „Beach II“ „SA RIERA part I“, "Imperial Crown" „Climbing“ or „Ex-Mannequin“ or „Horizont (III) or "Gewitter-Regen" or "Erinnerungen an meinen Vater" or "Trust (Piano-Version)" or "Norwegen" or "Retrospective view" and many many more.....(all in all 6 hours of music, all songs free download) . Thank you for listening, support or feedback! Peace, Xylvanya

    14 Jan 2012 Reply
  • AlxenPanikovski

    ДОСМОТ?

    26 Oct 2011 Reply
  • witchofwoods

    Dis guy can play

    5 Oct 2011 Reply
  • marcolinqq

    love

    6 Sep 2011 Reply
  • Lempea

    lol

    17 Jan 2011 Reply
  • Michelle_84

    katia111 пишет: Август 2009 "The Lonely Shepherd" Как раз она играет в данный момент)

    14 Jan 2011 Reply
  • deadgrave

    James Last.fm

    9 Sep 2010 Reply
  • AppleKabukiSuri

    So sick of seeing your face when I look through records at op shops.

    19 May 2010 Reply
  • huehermann

    James forever................!! er ist der Größte mit bestem dancesound.......!!!

    11 Apr 2010 Reply
  • Farbenpracht

    The one and only!

    22 Mar 2010 Reply
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    James Last.fm

    18 Feb 2010 Reply
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