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In Germany the Second World War and the youngest son of the Bremen family Last raged, two older brothers were already working in armament factories - they had advised: "Make sure you study music, then you don't have to go to the factory. But even he could not escape the jazz and swing boom in post-war Germany.
In he becomes - like his brothers Robert and Werner - a member of the newly founded Dance and Entertainment Orchestra of Radio Bremen. From then on he led a double life as a musician - as a successful orchestra musician on the one hand and as an excellent jazz bassist, who from to was voted best bassist of the respective year by the German Jazzpoll.
A new sound was created that hit the nerve of the audience right away. The recipe: Swinging, optimistic and melodious music, underscored with party atmosphere. That James Last is not only an extraordinarily successful but also an extraordinarily hard-working and versatile composer and arranger becomes apparent in the following years.
In , four LPs placed on the first places of the English hit parade, one award follows the next: in , and , the German music poll voted the band the "most popular orchestra" of the year. One tour follows another, James Last is a celebrated guest on many continents. In between James Last finds the time to record up to twelve! He becomes a star of the national and international music scene, his sound a myth, and yet he always has both feet on the ground. His modesty is one of his trademarks, James Last does not know star airs and graces.
He feels privileged only because he could always do what he enjoys most: music. Other artists come and go - James Last also rides the wave of success in the eighties. At the beginning of the nineties TV shows and galas are on the agenda, but the German James Load fans also wait in vain for a German tour. How close joy and sorrow are: His wife Waltraud, the mother of his two children, dies in the same year after a long illness. It is this positive attitude towards life that is reflected in his music and perhaps constitutes the phenomenon of James Last: his concerts are great parties at which he seeks closeness to his fans, the CD productions are great "family reunions" with his musicians, most of whom he has worked with for decades.
His family, his friends in the orchestra, his fans - in addition to music, these are the greats in the life of James L.
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Initially a jazz bassist Last won the award for "best bassist" in Germany in each of the years —  , his trademark "happy music" made his numerous albums best-sellers in Germany and the United Kingdom , with 65 of his albums reaching the charts in the UK alone. Last's trademark sound employed big band arrangements of well-known tunes with a jaunty dance beat, often heavy on bass and brass. His first music teacher felt he lacked any musical talent. Last started playing more actively with his second tutor and switched to the double bass as a teenager.
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