James Last – A German composer and performer who started out as a double bass player in orchestras then progressed to radio before starting out on his solo career (backed by an orchestra and a choir).
He sold millions of records with his James Last Orchestra. He pioneered what became known as “Happy Sound” which included short performances of popular songs re arranged for the big band sound. He worked with many popular musicians, including Cliff Richard, Freddy Quinn, Elvis Presley, Richard Clayderman and René Kollo.
His career took James Last all over the world and right up until the year of his death, he was touring which included his 90th performance at The Royal Albert Hall in London, UK.