Last, James [Hans]
- Dave Laing
(b Bremen, April 17, 1929; d FL, June 9, 2015). German composer and bandleader. An accomplished jazz bass player, James Last confected an easy-listening style in which almost any type of music could be reduced to a medley of soft pop dance tunes. After leading his own band and working as an arranger and record producer, in 1965 he perfected his formula with the album Non-Stop Dancing which linked together the melodies of 26 recent hit songs over a cheerful dance rhythm. The party atmosphere was cemented by the addition of laughter, cheers and clapping between each section, and the success of this album led Last and his orchestra to undertake annual European tours for a number of years. Further volumes of Non-Stop Dancing followed as well as albums based on themes, such as Classics Up To Date, In South America and James Last plays Andrew Lloyd Webber...