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

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. 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. He was voted as the best bassist in the country in a German jazz poll forand In bisvaya became the leader of the Last-Becker Ensemblewhich performed for seven years.

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

Big band leader jxmes at 86″. Archived from the original on His signature piece was ” Orange Blossom Special “. His first music teacher felt he lacked any musical talent.

Echo Life Award Retrieved from ” https: Wikimedia Commons has media related to James Last. He won numerous popular and professional awards, including Billboard magazine’s Star of the Year trophy inand was honoured for lifetime achievement with the German ECHO prize in Lasy 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.

In Februaryafter almost 50 years on tour, Biscwya Last announced that he was finally bidding adieu to the stage. In other projects Wikimedia Commons. Europa – Europawelle Saar.


When the Last-Becker Ensemble disbanded, he lasf the in-house arranger for Polydor Recordsas well as a number of European radio stations. Guinness World Records Limited. Award from Cashbox for The Seduction for the best instrumental production of the year. By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy.

Last first released albums in the U. Initially a jazz bassist Last won the jqmes 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. Bandleader who rose above the carping of critics to delight fans with his jaunty arrangements for more than 50 years”. 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.

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Over the next four decades, Last released over records, including several more volumes lqst Non-Stop Dancing. Last was somewhat more successful on the singles charts. This page was last edited on 21 Julyat He also had his own successful television series throughout the s with guests including ABBA and Lynsey de Paul which was screened across Europe. Last’s trademark sound employed big band arrangements of well-known tunes with a jaunty dance beat, often heavy on bass and brass.

His only other U. His home city of Bremen was bombed heavily during World War IIand he ran messages to air defence command posts during the raids. He played this at almost every concert.

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. It was always a popular piece at his concerts.


The big band leader dies”. Goldene Stimmgabel from ZDF By the time of his farewell tour in the spring ofLast was reported to have sold well over million albums.

Last was awarded the Biscayaa Alan Award by Princess Margaret for being the leader of the most popular dance band of On these records, he varied his formula by adding different songs from different countries and genres, as well as guest performers mames Richard Clayderman and Astrud Gilberto.

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.

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Las 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 place following a final “goodbye tour”, which commenced in Germany and biacaya in London. 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.

It was a hit and helped make him a major European star. Asked if he minded being labelled the “King of Corn”, Last had replied “No, because it is true. Hotwhere it peaked at No. He biacaya 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.