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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. Last was born to Louis and Martha Last in Bremen, Germany. After the end of the war, he joined Hans Günther Oesterreich’s Radio Bremen Dance Orchestra. In 1948 he became the leader of the Last-Becker Ensemble, which performed for seven years.
Last first released albums in the U. The American Patrol on Warner Bros. 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 mid-1960s until the early 1980s. He also had his own successful television series throughout the 1970s with guests including ABBA and Lynsey de Paul which was screened across Europe.
He won numerous popular and professional awards, including Billboard magazine’s Star of the Year trophy in 1976, and was honoured for lifetime achievement with the German ECHO prize in 1994. Last was awarded the Carl Alan Award by Princess Margaret for being the leader of the most popular dance band of 1981. His signature piece was “Orange Blossom Special”. He played this at almost every concert. He encouraged the band to have fun with it and sometimes the band members would go into the audience and make a conga line complete with duck head umbrellas. It was always a popular piece at his concerts. In February 2015, after almost 50 years on tour, James Last announced that he was finally bidding adieu to the stage.