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Only a couple of days ago, I had his version of "Lara's Theme" running around in my head, it was always one of my favourites of his music.
 

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In a statement, his manager said: “Mr Last passed away yesterday in Florida, peacefully and in the presence of his family.”

http://www.dw.de/easy-listening-conductor-james-last-dies/a-18506670
Had a reel to reel upright Akai tape recorder/player (Sembawang) Special) in the mid sixties and played hours of his music - much enjoyed by all. Always an ice breaker with the QA nursing staff or the military teachers if we had a 'social evening' on board (RFA). Sad to see him go, but brought enjoyment to many people for a very long time. Just thought on, many of those 'schoolies' are my age now!! :)



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When I bought my first stereo it came with a demonstration record of James Last music. It was so great I drove the wife and kids crazy and played it until it wore out.

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I met him a few times in Florida (in the 80's) where he lived, a nice regular guy no pretensions even though at the time he was high in the charts. Loved his musical style - great for parties and BBQ's. R.I.P.
 

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Here's a link to a concert he did for the BBC in 1976: https://www.youtube.com/watch?t=111&v=xWAbnF_7eO8

I remember once watching something about him on German MTV, He was arranging, producing and recording a Hip Hop Group. During the recording, which I think might have been at his home, they had a Barbeque and James did the cooking. Just shows how down to earth he was. R.I.P.
 
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