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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Last’s trademark sound employed big band arrangements of well-known tunes with a jaunty dance beat, often heavy on bass and brass. When the Last-Becker Ensemble disbanded, he became the in-house arranger for Polydor Recordsas well as a number of European radio stations.

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In other projects Wikimedia Commons. 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.

Hames started playing more actively with his second tutor and switched to the double bass as a teenager. Goldenes GrammophonMunich.

James Last

Last was somewhat more successful on the singles charts. It bisaya a hit and helped make him a major European star. By the time of his farewell tour in the spring ofLast was reported to have sold well over million albums. His home city of Bremen was bombed heavily during World War IIand he ran messages to air defence command posts during the ladt.

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

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

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Award from Cashbox for The Seduction for the best instrumental production of the year.

Hotwhere it peaked at No. Goldene Stimmgabel from ZDF In Februaryafter almost 50 years on tour, James Last announced that he was finally bidding adieu to the stage.

Asked if he minded being labelled the “King of Corn”, Last had replied “No, because it is true.

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. 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. In Biscayw 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.

He won jamrs popular and professional awards, including Billboard magazine’s Star of the Year trophy inand was honoured for lifetime achievement jaems the German ECHO prize in He also had his own successful television series throughout the s with guests including ABBA and Lynsey de Paul which was screened across Europe.

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 biscxya.


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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. Views Read Edit View history. He was voted as the best bassist in the country in a German jazz poll forand Despite being the “most commercially successful bandleader” of the second half of the 20th century, [1] Last’s easygoing spending and “incompetent” financial advice laxt him at one stage to the “brink of ruin” financially.

His first music teacher felt he lacked any musical talent. Europa – Europawelle Saar. Last first released albums in the U.

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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. This page was last edited on 21 Julyat Retrieved from ” https: Bandleader who rose above the carping of critics to delight fans with his jaunty arrangements for more than 50 years”. Archived from the original on

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