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     James Last

Born: Apr 17, 1929 in Bremen, Germany.
Genres: Easy.
Styles: Cabaret, Easy Listening, Big Band.
Instruments: Conductor, Composer, Bass.

James Last is a German big band leader with a large fan base in Europe, although he has never had a comparable following in the United States. 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 50 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 Europian star. Over the next two decades, Last released over 50 records, including several more volumes of Non-Stop Dancing. 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.

Though his concerts and albums were consistently successful - especially in England, where he had 52 hit albums between 1967-86, which made him second to Elvis Presley in terms of number of charting records - he only had one hit single with "The Seduction," the theme from American Gigolo (1980).

- Stephen Thomas Erlewine (All Music Guide)

Ресурсы сети, связанные с исполнителем:
www.jameslast.com/en/index.htm Official website. History, dates, catalogue
www.jameslastas.co.uk The Worldwide James Last Appreciation Society
en.wikipedia.org/wiki/James_Last About from 'wikipedia'
en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/James_Last About from 'wapedia.mobi' [mobile]
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CD коллекции, связанные с исполнителем:
  как основной исполнитель ...
 James Last - 'Biscaya' - 1998, Polydor
 James Last - 'Eighty Not Out' - 2010, Universal Music
 James Last - 'Plays Mozart' - 1998, Agamma
 James Last - 'The Christmas Album' - 1994, Polygram
 James Last - 'Top 100' - 2009, Universal Music
  как основной соисполнитель ...
 Richard Clayderman - 'Traum-Melodien' - 2007, Sony Music, Polydor
 Astrud Gilberto - 'Astrud Gilberto Plus James Last Orchestra' - 1987, Verve, Polygram

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