Big band leader James Last has died aged 86.

The German-born musician died 09-06-2015 at his home in Florida surrounded by his family after a "short, severe illness", his manager said.
Last sold more than 80 million records and regularly appeared on British television for many years.
In a statement his manager said: "Mr Last passed away yesterday in Florida, peacefully and in the presence of his family.
"In him, the world loses a unique ambassador whose expressive and all-encompassing language was music.
"We bid farewell to the man, friend and visionary, who by his impressive strength and openness, his professionalism, modesty and love of life served as a role model and as an inspiration for many generations worldwide."

Watch week 25 for this special In Memoriam CD

Onderwerp: Death of James Last

Datum: 14-06-2015

Door: latinaussierichard

Onderwerp: James Last

Very sad news, indeed. I cannot find words to say and express myself, in this instance.

Datum: 13-06-2015

Door: MetalStorm

Onderwerp: James Last

Very sad news, but the legacy that Mr. Last give us with his music and all the influence that was very firm in the Easy Listening world will be there for so long time.

Rest In Peace Herr Hans Last, my condolences for his entire family and fans worldwide.

Datum: 12-06-2015

Door: yasser85

Onderwerp: James Last

I lost my father week ago after he did surgical operation to his back, he was well, didn't have heart diseases before nor diabetis mellitus, now i feel sad again for losing maestro James Last!

Datum: 12-06-2015

Door: Etienne

Onderwerp: Re:James Last

My sincere condoleances. I know what it is loosing a father.
But perhaps we can find strengh in the music of our mutual friend, Hansi.
Greetings from Belgium

Datum: 11-06-2015

Door: Ian Fitzgibbon

Onderwerp: James Last

I grew up with his music - lived and loved it with my dad and uncle he was their favourtie - I lost them 2 years ago and now feel such loss again

I will always be a fan

Datum: 11-06-2015

Door: Stefano Marzeddu

Onderwerp: I will always be a fan of him

Yesterday, when I read the news about his death, I felt more alone. His music is always with me and always will be. Thanks Hansi for your wonderful music and wonderful arrangements, that accompanied my days until now, since more than 20 years. You were the leader of easy listening, simply the best. I have so many albums of James Last in my discography. I can't forget you.

Datum: 10-06-2015

Door: Frank Deckers

Onderwerp: Hansi

47 jaar was hij een deel van mijn leven, 47 jaar van "Happy Music", je zal gemist worden maar je muziek is voor eeuwig.

Datum: 10-06-2015

Door: Meelis Pranno

Onderwerp: James Last

Thank you Hansi,a deep respect.I'll be your fan forever.

Datum: 10-06-2015

Door: etienne

Onderwerp: Overlijden James Last

Ook voor mij is dit een bijzondere donkere dag. Ik verloor voor een tweede keer een vader, iemand naar wie ik opkeek en enorm van hield. 50 jaar lang heeft Hansi deel uitgemaakt van mijn leven en zijn overlijden laat mij nu een beetje verweesd achter.Maar diep in mijn hart, en ik denk ook bij zovele andere mensen, leeft hij gewoon verder met zijn prachtige muziek. Danke Hansi für Alles.

Datum: 10-06-2015


Onderwerp: James Last

De grootste orkestleider ooit is niet meer. Muziek waar ik mee ben opgegroeid en nog steeds koester. Een triestige dag. Bedankt Hansie.

Nieuw bericht


The Derek Watkins Memorial Concert DVD/CD is now out!!!

 Postings can be made to Europe, just go to:, follow the links and order your copy PLEASE. Thank you. 
The Derek Watkins Memorial Concert featured Star Guest Artists Chuck Findley on trumpet, and International vocalist Madeline Bell.
The Concert was held on Sunday March 2nd 2014 (Derek Watkins' birthday) and the performance involved 75 musicians, and a 40 strong crew to make it all happen on the night.
The concert was designed as a 'timeline' through the sparkling career of British trumpet giant Derek Watkins, who sadly left us on the 22nd March 2013.
75 musicians took in this unique concert, including the Spring Gardens Brass Band, Cornet soloist Freddie Ball and James Fountain, trumpet player Tom Gardner, The Super C Big Band led by Pete Beachill and Simon Gardner. The Super C Brass Ensemble, Serpentine Fire, A James Last Orchestra tribute, and musical direction by Eric Crees, Colin Sheen, Steve Sidwell and Dave Arch.




Acker Bilk: Legendary jazz clarinettist dies aged 85

Clarinettist Acker Bilk, who personified the trad jazz revival of the 1950s and '60s, has died after a lengthy illness at the age of 85.

His most famous song Stranger on the Shore was the UK's biggest selling single of 1962 and made him an international star.
Born Bernard Stanley Bilk, he changed his name to Acker - Somerset slang for "mate" - after learning to play the clarinet in the Army.
His last concert was in August 2013.
Pamela Sutton, who was Bilk's manager for 45 years, said he had "been ill for some time", adding: "He was my great friend and his music was legendary."

Acker Bilk

Stranger on the Shore was the UK's biggest selling song of 1962


Born in Pensford in Somerset, Bilk tried a number of different careers before borrowing a clarinet and copying recordings of famous jazz musicians while in the Army.
He formed his first band in Bristol after his demobilisation.
Known for his goatee, bowler hat and fancy waistcoat, Bilk was awarded an MBE in 2001 for services to the music industry.
He was diagnosed with throat cancer in 2000 but recovered and continued to play concerts, the last of which was at the Brecon Festival last year.

US number one

Bilk told the BBC in a 2012 interview that when he wrote his biggest hit Stranger on the Shore, he did not immediately realise it was special.
The instrumental made him the first artist to have a simultaneous chart-topping hit in both the United Kingdom and the United States.
Acker Bilk
Bilk formed his first band after leaving the Army
"I didn't think it was much different from any of the rest of it," he said.
"It was just a thing that came out of my head, that's all. I didn't sort of work on it or do much at all with it."
Besides Stranger on the Shore, Bilk also had hits with tunes such as Summer Set and Buona Sera.
He sold millions of records and won an Ivor Novello award.

'One of the great earworms'

"RIP ol' liquorice stick," tweeted broadcaster Danny Baker on hearing the news, describing Bilk as a "good jazzer & eternal answer to question: 'What UK artist had 1st number one in USA?'"
Poet Ian McMillan also paid tribute to the musician, describing him as the "creator of one of the great earworms. That shore was strange, but memorable."
Kenny Ball Junior, whose father Kenny Ball played alongside Bilk, said he had fond memories of the two of them playing together.
"He was such a wonderful player," he told the BBC. "He conquered everywhere. He was such a lovely bloke, a very genuine guy."
Bilk leaves his wife Jean, daughter Jenny and son Pete.



Pop lost André.

Sadness. Awesome André Popp died Saturday at Puteaux at the age of 90. André Popp was born in 1924 in Fontenay. He learned the piano at five years. André Popp made a brilliant career as an arranger, conductor and he was mostly a very creative composer.
Popp is the author of the pop song "Manchester et Liverpool" sung by Marie Laforêt. Its melody gained fame in the former Soviet Union as the background music to the Vremya television news programme's weather forecast since the early 1970s.
Popp made one-of-a-kind space age instrumental recordings during the 1950s and by the early 1960s had built quite a good reputation in the music recording industry and was in demand as an arranger. He made orchestrations for Rive Gauche legend Juliette Gréco that were jazzy, urbane, vibrant, quirky, even cartoonish at times. The arrival of Rock and Roll in France and, consequentially, yé-yé music, dramatically changed the expectations of French audiences and record-buyers, especially the younger ones, who were more interested in singers like Johnny Hallyday than Jacques Brel, although chansonniers such as Brel ultimately remained just as popular as they had been in the 1950s.
Popp had to adapt to these new trends. He worked almost exclusively with female singers during this period, preferably the Lolita types, such as Chantal Goya, but also with Françoise Hardy. "Love is Blue", a song Vicky Leandros performed at the Eurovision Song Contest 1967 on behalf of Luxembourg, also recorded by Claudine Longet, became internationally popular. In these recordings, Popp does not sacrifice the sophistication of his 1950s orchestrations, but rather than animate the songs, he seems to set the tone, the mood, painting a colorful picture. Sometimes there are silky, smooth strings; often there is harpsichord and oboe and flute; elsewhere adventurous brassy fanfares; occasionally an ethereal soprano chorus; always some magical musical final touch, like the faint, quavering harmonica in "Manchester et Liverpool". Marie Laforêt's voice fit perfectly in André Popp's 1960s soundscapes and he created more of them for her than for her contemporaries.





James Last: Live in London 29.04.1990 - part 2 

01) Rhapsody in Blue (solo: Derek Watkins) 09:59
02) Libertad (Nabucco) 02:51
03) Stay With Me Tonight (Benny Benndorf) 04:01
04) James Last 00:23
05) Mexico 02:48
06) Jigs and Reels 03:27
07) Country and Western 04:17
08) Another Day in Paradise 05:43
09) Heaven is a Place on Earth 04:02
10) Easy Living 02:34
11) Land of Hope and Glory 03:26
12) James Last 00:40
13) The Living Years 06:19


Bert Kaempfert - 90 years today.

Today 16th October 2013 Bert Kaempfert would have turned 90 years old. Luckily his music is very much alive.


The German singer, jazz pianist and band leader Paul Kuhn has died. He was 85.


The German daily Bild reported Monday that Kuhn died overnight. According to the newspaper, he had canceled several concerts earlier this year, and by the beginning of September his health had worsened and he had been placed in a care facility.
Fans of German jazz would know Kuhn, "the man at the piano," for such hits as "Es gibt kein Bier auf Hawaii" ("There's No Beer on Hawaii"), his television series "Paul's Party" and the 1960 TV special "Hallo Paulchen" ("Hello Little Paul"). He played all over the country and abroad at such venues as the London Royal Festival Hall and the late-spring Wiener Festwochen series in Vienna.
Born in Wiesbaden, Kuhn helped to popularize swing in postwar Germany, starting by playing US Army clubs after the end of World War II and then getting a fixed gig with the military broadcaster Armed Forces Network. In the early 1950s, Kuhn was a member of the German All Stars, which would go on to boast such greats as Max Greger and James Last. He later served as the big band leader for the former Radio Free Berlin and released numerous recordings.
He turned 85 in March and had been scheduled to perform a birthday gala at a jazz festival in the North Rhine-Westphalia city of Leverkusen in November.


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