|Genres:||Big Band & Swing Easy Listening Easy Listening Music & Radio Books Pop / Rock Vocals|
|Tags:||instrumental easy listening orchestra classical german james last|
|Decades:||1960s 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s|
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Hans Last, 17 April 1929, Bremen, Germany. This phenomenally successful band leader and arranger brought up to date the tradition of big band arrangements for current pop hits, and has been rewarded with worldwide sales in excess of 50 million copies. Trained as a bass player, in 1946 he joined Hans-Gunther Oesterreichs Radio Bremen Dance Orchestra. Two years later he was leading the Becker-Last Ensemble. When that folded in 1955 Last worked as an arranger for radio stations and for Polydor Records. There he worked with Caterina Valente, Freddy Quinn and band leader Helmut Zacharias, and in 1965 released Non-Stop Dancing. Blending together well-known tunes with a jaunty dance beat, this was the first of 20 volumes that helped make Last a star across Europe by the mid-80s. Hansi, as he was known to his fans, varied the formula in several other ways. He took material from different musical genres (classics, country, Beatles, Latin), from various countries...