James Last (also known as "Hansi", born Hans Last; 17 April 1929 – 9 June 2015) 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. His composition "Happy Heart" became an international success in interpretations by Andy Williams and Petula Clark.
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20th-century German musicians
German jazz double-bassists
German jazz bandleaders
German conductors (music)
Recipients of the Cross of the Order of Merit of the Federal Republic of Germany
German people of English descent
German jazz composers
People from Bremen