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 633,134 page views. His biography is available in 36 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 35 in 2019). James Last is the 118th most popular musician (down from 110th in 2019), the 587th most popular biography from Germany (down from 527th in 2019) and the 4th 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 118 out of 2,675Before him are David Oistrakh, Karl Thomas Mozart, Cliff Richard, Ravi Shankar, Bill Evans, and Neil Young. After him are Till Lindemann, Fritz Kreisler, Tony Iommi, Don Shirley, Compay Segundo, and Pete Best.

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Among people born in 1929, James Last ranks 40Before him are Graham Hill, Francis Gary Powers, Murray Gell-Mann, Babrak Karmal, John Cassavetes, and Bill Evans. After him are Rudolf Mössbauer, Ursula K. Le Guin, Chespirito, Zdzisław Beksiński, Jean Simmons, and June Carter Cash. Among people deceased in 2015, James Last ranks 29Before him are Otto Carius, Richard von Weizsäcker, Oliver Sacks, Laura Antonelli, Manoel de Oliveira, and Nicholas Winton. After him are Colleen McCullough, Eduardo Galeano, Douglass North, Zito, Wes Craven, and Alcides Ghiggia.

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In Germany

Among people born in Germany, James Last ranks 587 out of 5,289Before him are Ernst Mayr (1904), Hermann Müller (1876), Louis IV, Grand Duke of Hesse (1837), Karl Wolff (1900), August Bebel (1840), and Maria Anna of Bavaria (1551). After him are Till Lindemann (1963), Karl Gebhardt (1897), August Macke (1887), Max Liebermann (1847), Klaus Meine (1948), and Ernest Augustus, Elector of Brunswick-Lüneburg (1629).

Among MUSICIANS In Germany

Among musicians born in Germany, James Last ranks 4Before him are Leopold Mozart (1719), Clara Schumann (1819), and Hans von Bülow (1830). After him are Till Lindemann (1963), Florian Schneider (1947), Frank Farian (1941), Wilhelm Kempff (1895), Klaus Nomi (1944), André Previn (1929), Rudolf Schenker (1948), and Johann Friedrich Franz Burgmüller (1806).