JAMES LAST BISCAYA PDF

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. His home city of Bremen was bombed heavily during World War II , and he ran messages to air defence command posts during the raids. In he became the leader of the Last-Becker Ensemble , which performed for seven years. He was voted as the best bassist in the country in a German jazz poll for , and When the Last-Becker Ensemble disbanded, he became the in-house arranger for Polydor Records , as well as a number of European radio stations.

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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. His home city of Bremen was bombed heavily during World War II , and he ran messages to air defence command posts during the raids. In he became the leader of the Last-Becker Ensemble , which performed for seven years. He was voted as the best bassist in the country in a German jazz poll for , and When the Last-Becker Ensemble disbanded, he became the in-house arranger for Polydor Records , as well as a number of European radio stations.

Work[ edit ] Last in April , two months before his death Last first released albums in the U. Records around 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. It was a hit and helped make him a major European star. Over the next four decades, Last released over 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. He also had his own successful television series throughout the s with guests including ABBA and Lynsey de Paul which was screened across Europe. 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.

Last was somewhat more successful on the singles charts. His 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.

Hot , where it peaked at No. His only other U. Last was awarded the Carl Alan Award by Princess Margaret for being the leader of the most popular dance band of By the time of his farewell tour in the spring of , Last was reported to have sold well over million albums. 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 with duck head umbrellas.

It was always a popular piece at his concerts. In February , after almost 50 years on tour, James Last announced that he was finally bidding adieu to the stage. Asked if he minded being labelled the "King of Corn", Last reportedly replied "No, because it is true.

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