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James Last

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Wayne Last was a German big-band innovator with a big group of fans in European countries, although he never really had a comparable following in america. Last’s brand was organizing pop hits inside a big-band design; his group of “party albums” became similarly well-known. During the period of his profession, he sold more than 50 million albums. Last discovered how exactly to play piano as kid, switching to bass as an adolescent. He became a member of Hans-Gunther Oesterreich’s Radio Bremen Dance Orchestra in 1946, when he was 17 yrs . old. In 1948, he became the first choice from the Becker-Last Outfit, which performed for seven years. Throughout that period, he was voted because the greatest bassist in the united states by way of a German jazz poll for three consecutive years, from 1950-1952. Following the disbandment from the Becker-Last Outfit, he became the in-house arranger for Polydor Information, in addition to for several European r / c. For another 10 years, he helped arrange strikes for performers like Helmut Zacharias and Caterina Valente. In 1965 Last released his initial album, nonstop Dance, an archive of short renditions of well-known songs, all linked jointly by an insistent dance defeat and joyous group noises. It had been popular and helped make him a significant European star. On the next 2 decades, Last released over 50 information, including several even more volumes of nonstop Dance. On these information, he assorted his formula with the addition of different tunes from different countries and styles, in addition to visitor performers like Richard Clayderman and Astrud Gilberto. Though his concerts and albums had been consistently effective — specifically in Britain, where he previously 52 strike albums between 1967-1986, which produced him second to Elvis Presley with regards to amount of charting information — he just had one strike solitary with “The Seduction,” the theme from American Gigolo (1980).

Quick Facts


Full Name James Last
Salary 30.96 million USD
Died June 9, 2015, Palm Beach, Florida, United States
Profession Composer, Record producer, Bandleader
Nationality German
Children Ronald Last, Caterina Last
Parents Martha Last, Louis Last
Siblings Kai Warner
Awards Echo Award for Lifetime Achievement Award
Music Songs Der einsame Hirte, Biscaya, Games That Lovers Play, Orange Blossom Special, Happy Heart, Pastor Solitario, Always on My Mind, American Patrol, Nature Boy, Rosen aus dem Süden, Lara's Theme, A Morning at Cornwall, Ruf mich an, Music from Across the Way, The Seduction, Happy Music, The Rose of Tralee, Hip Hop Polka Medley, Rivers of Babylon, Viva Espana, Happy Brasilia, Granada / Lady Of Spain, Dinner-Marsch, La Paloma, Morgens um 7 ist die Welt noch in ordnung, This Is My Song, Paradiesvogel, Theme from "Elvira Madigan", ZDF-Starparade, Morgens um Sieben, La Playa, Reel Express
Albums Non Stop Dancing 65, Trumpet a Gogo, Hammond a Gogo, Traumschiff Melodien, Russland Erinnerungen, Sax a Gogo, Pop Symphonies, They Call Me Hansi, Flute Fiesta, Guitar à gogo, Last of Old England, Op klompen, Gentleman Of Music, Voodoo Party, Classics for Dreaming, Happy Sounds Forever, Pop Symphonies 2, James Last in Scotland, Dancing à gogo, Vol. 3, Live In Europe 2004
Movies In the Morning at Seven the World Is Still in Order, When Sweet Moonlight Is Sleeping in the Hills, Why Men Don't Listen and Women Can't Read Maps, The Captain, Schwarzwaldfahrt aus Liebeskummer, Dinosaurier, Kuba, James Last: Gentleman of Music, James Last: Live at the Royal Albert Hall, James Last: Live in London 1978, James Last & His Orchestra: Beach Party, James Last: Live in Berlin


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#Fact
1 As a young man in Germany, he narrowly avoided being drafted for military service during WWII, being too young by 17 days.
2 His record company changed his name to James to make him sound less German when his debut album came out in the UK. He was not consulted about the change, but went along with it.
3 He was a big-band leader, composer, and arranger. He sold millions of records with his trademark "happy music", upbeat versions of pop and classical favorites performed by his orchestra.


Composer

Composer

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Heute hau'n wir auf die Pauke 1972
Der Kapitän 1971
Unsere Pauker gehen in die Luft 1970
Ein Tag ist schöner als der andere 1969
Wenn süß das Mondlicht auf den Hügeln schläft 1969
Morgens um Sieben ist die Welt noch in Ordnung 1968
Das Traumschiff 2010-2014 TV Series 2 episodes
Dinosaurier 2009
Warum Männer nicht zuhören und Frauen schlecht einparken 2007
Der Landarzt 1999 TV Series 6 episodes
Zwei Münchner in Hamburg 1989-1991 TV Series 25 episodes
Lorentz & Söhne 1988 TV Series
Grenzenloses Himmelblau 1985 TV Movie
Drachenfutter 1985 Documentary short
ZDF Hitparade 1969-1984 TV Series main title composer - 183 episodes
Kreisbrandmeister Felix Martin 1982 TV Series 2 episodes
Der Fuchs von Övelgönne 1981 TV Series 13 episodes
Show-Express 1980 TV Series
Schwarzwaldfahrt aus Liebeskummer 1974

Music Department

Music Department

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Das Traumschiff TV Series composer - 45 episodes, 1992 - 2016 title music - 2 episodes, 2006 - 2009
Der Landarzt 2001-2013 TV Series composer - 150 episodes
Dinosaurier 2009 music arranger
Warum Männer nicht zuhören und Frauen schlecht einparken 2007 music arranger / soundtrack producer
Der Fuchs von Övelgönne 1981 TV Series composer - 13 episodes
The Sunday Game 1981 TV Series composer: theme music - 1981-2003, 2008-2014

Soundtrack

Soundtrack

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Trainyard Dogs: Part I 2016 writer: "The Lonely Shepherd"
So You Think You Can Dance Canada 2011 TV Series performer - 1 episode
Dinosaurier 2009 performer: "Morgens um sieben ist die Welt noch in Ordnung" / writer: "Morgens um sieben ist die Welt noch in Ordnung"
Mary and Max 2009 performer: "That's Life"
Screenwipe 2008 TV Series documentary performer - 1 episode
Warum Männer nicht zuhören und Frauen schlecht einparken 2007 music: "Der kleine Unterschied" - as J. Last
Kill Dill 2005 Short writer: "The Lonely Shepherd"
Kill Bill: Vol. 1 2003 writer: "The Lonely Shepherd"
Ni pour, ni contre (bien au contraire) 2003 performer: "I've got you under my skin"
Kevin & Perry Go Large 2000 performer: "Ethnic Majority"
Billy's Hollywood Screen Kiss 1998 writer: "Happy Heart"
Shallow Grave 1994 writer: "Happy Heart"
Paradise 1984 Short "The Lonely Shepherd"
The Brady Bunch Variety Hour 1977 TV Series writer - 1 episode
The Ernie Sigley Show 1974 TV Series writer - 1 episode
The Two Ronnies 1972 TV Series writer - 1 episode

Actor

Actor

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Die Traumschiff-Gala 2005 TV Movie
Glücksspirale - Start ins Glück 1973 TV Movie

Self

Self

TitleYearStatusCharacter
NDR Talk Show 2009-2015 TV Series Himself
Volle Kanne 2006-2015 TV Series Himself
Zimmer frei! 2012 TV Series Himself
DAS! 2009-2012 TV Series Himself
The Joy of Easy Listening 2011 TV Movie documentary Himself
Breakfast 2011 TV Series Himself - Composer and Big Band Leader
Ein Abend für... 2009 TV Series documentary Himself
Musikantenstadl 2009 TV Series Himself
Willkommen bei Carmen Nebel 2004-2009 TV Series Himself
TV total 2004-2008 TV Series Himself
Höchstpersönlich 2006 TV Series documentary Himself
Beckmann 2001-2006 TV Series Himself
Zibb 2006 TV Series documentary Himself
Das Sonntagskonzert - James Last in Berlin/5. Mai 1974 Open Air 2004 Video Himself
Strangers in the Night: The Bert Kaempfert Story 2003 TV Movie documentary Himself
Leute heute 1999-2002 TV Series documentary Himself
Ein Star und seine Stadt 2002 TV Series documentary Himself
Die Stunde der Stars 2001 TV Series Himself
Musikbutikken 2000 TV Series Himself
ZDF Hitparade 1999 TV Series Himself
Die Harald Schmidt Show 1997 TV Series Himself
Verstehen Sie Spaß? 1994 TV Series Himself
Show-Express 1980-1982 TV Series Himself - Bandleader
James Last in London 1979 TV Movie Himself
Saturday Night at the Mill 1979 TV Series Himself
Starparade 1968-1977 TV Series Bandleader / Himself - Bandleader / Themselves / ...
Treffpunkte 1976 TV Series documentary Himself
BBC Show of the Week 1973 TV Series Himself
TV-Wunderland 1971 TV Movie Himself - Musician
Die Drehscheibe 1970 TV Series Himself
Eine Starparade mit Marianne Koch 1969 TV Movie Himself - Bandleader
Schlag auf Schlag 1969 TV Movie Himself - Bandleader
Muziekalbum 1968 TV Series Himself
Ab morgen haben wir Humor 1966 TV Movie Himself

Archive Footage

Archive Footage

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Legends 2007 TV Series documentary Himself
Willkommen bei Carmen Nebel 2006 TV Series Himself
Unsere Besten 2003 TV Series Himself

Won awards

Won awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovieAward shared with
1979 Audience Camera Golden Camera, Germany Starparade (1968)


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