James Last

1929 - 2015

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James Last (German pronunciation: [tʃeɪms last], [dʃeɪms lɑːst]; born Hans Last; 17 April 1929 – 9 June 2015), also known as Hansi, was a German composer and big band leader of the James Last Orchestra. Initially a jazz bassist (Last won the award for "best bassist" in Germany in each of the years 1950–1952), 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. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of James Last has received more than 954,785 page views. His biography is available in 38 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 37 in 2019). James Last is the 154th most popular musician (down from 134th in 2019), the 772nd most popular biography from Germany (down from 656th in 2019) and the 7th most popular German Musician.

James Last was a German pianist and composer who was most famous for his easy listening piano music.

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  • 950k

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  • 63.30

    Historical Popularity Index (HPI)

  • 38

    Languages Editions (L)

  • 6.17

    Effective Languages (L*)

  • 2.96

    Coefficient of Variation (CV)

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Over the past year James Last has had the most page views in the with 150,012 views, followed by English (115,249), and Russian (27,797). In terms of yearly growth of page views the top 3 wikpedia editions are Azerbaijani (106.02%), Simple English (101.44%), and Alemannic (79.76%)


Among musicians, James Last ranks 154 out of 3,175Before him are Tony Iommi, Hans von Bülow, Compay Segundo, Dizzy Gillespie, Ravi Shankar, and Andrés Segovia. After him are James Hetfield, Don Shirley, Jerry Lee Lewis, Giya Kancheli, Keith Jarrett, and Alfred Cortot.

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Among people born in 1929, James Last ranks 58Before him are Gudrun Burwitz, Karolos Papoulias, Günter Schabowski, Nikolaus Harnoncourt, Murray Gell-Mann, and Ralf Dahrendorf. After him are Lennart Johansson, John Cassavetes, Osamu Yamaji, Patriarch Alexy II of Moscow, Ivar Giaever, and Emmanuel Le Roy Ladurie. Among people deceased in 2015, James Last ranks 44Before him are Yoichiro Nambu, Alcides Ghiggia, Wes Craven, Yevgeny Primakov, Günter Schabowski, and Colleen McCullough. After him are Faten Hamama, Frei Otto, René Girard, James Horner, Fatema Mernissi, and Yves Chauvin.

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In Germany

Among people born in Germany, James Last ranks 772 out of 7,253Before him are Matilda of Ringelheim (894), Hermann Weyl (1885), Markus Wolf (1923), Ralf Dahrendorf (1929), Constantin Fehrenbach (1852), and Juana Bormann (1893). After him are Therese Neumann (1898), Johann Joachim Quantz (1697), Gustav Radbruch (1878), Wilhelm Cuno (1876), Wilhelm Bittrich (1894), and Franz Joseph Gall (1758).

Among MUSICIANS In Germany

Among musicians born in Germany, James Last ranks 7Before him are Clara Schumann (1819), Leopold Mozart (1719), Till Lindemann (1963), Frank Farian (1941), Carlos Kleiber (1930), and Hans von Bülow (1830). After him are Klaus Nomi (1944), Rudolf Schenker (1948), Wilhelm Kempff (1895), André Previn (1929), Johann Friedrich Franz Burgmüller (1806), and Friedrich Kalkbrenner (1784).