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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 938,049 page views. His biography is available in 37 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 36 in 2019). James Last is the 134th most popular musician (down from 118th in 2019), the 656th most popular biography from Germany (down from 587th in 2019) and the 5th 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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Among musicians, James Last ranks 134 out of 2,662Before him are Till Lindemann, Roger Glover, Carlos Kleiber, Quincy Jones, Mariss Jansons, and Ray Manzarek. After him are Compay Segundo, Cliff Richard, Ice-T, David Guetta, Itzhak Perlman, and Lionel Richie.

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Among people born in 1929, James Last ranks 44Before him are Sabah Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah, Murray Gell-Mann, Bernard Haitink, Lata Mangeshkar, John Cassavetes, and Ursula K. Le Guin. After him are Mike Hawthorn, Jean Simmons, Eric Kandel, Nikolaus Harnoncourt, Yevgeny Primakov, and Lennart Meri. Among people deceased in 2015, James Last ranks 35Before him are Douglass North, Tariq Aziz, Manoel de Oliveira, Wes Craven, Oliver Sacks, and Yves Chauvin. After him are Charles H. Townes, Yevgeny Primakov, Günter Schabowski, Udo Lattek, Irwin Rose, and Colleen McCullough.

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In Germany

Among people born in Germany, James Last ranks 656 out of 6,142Before him are Maria Anna of Bavaria (1805), Gerhard Ertl (1936), Carlos Kleiber (1930), Otto Ohlendorf (1907), Hugo Ball (1886), and Ernest II, Duke of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha (1818). After him are Hugo Junkers (1859), Heinrich Otto Wieland (1877), Kurt Schwitters (1887), August Macke (1887), John William Friso, Prince of Orange (1687), and George William, Elector of Brandenburg (1595).

Among MUSICIANS In Germany

Among musicians born in Germany, James Last ranks 5Before him are Clara Schumann (1819), Leopold Mozart (1719), Till Lindemann (1963), and Carlos Kleiber (1930). After him are Hans von Bülow (1830), Frank Farian (1941), Rudolf Schenker (1948), Wilhelm Kempff (1895), Klaus Nomi (1944), Friedrich Kalkbrenner (1784), and Johann Friedrich Franz Burgmüller (1806).