Way back in the seventies we had a few records of James Last among the collection of LP and EP.
What I remember was that we used to play more of James Last than the ones by Abba or Boney M. The reason could be that all his music was “Happy Music”
A German boy who ran messages to Air Defence command posts during air raids in WW-II, he has come a long way in his 84 years of career.
After the fall of the Nazis, he joined the Hans-Gunther Dance Orchestra.
From there his chart was on the rise.
One of the hallmarks of James Last is that he does not give up on his troupe members. That is the reason why you see many elderly members in his troupe at any given time.
But even if they are slightly older, their spirit and enthusiasm is never dampened as can be seen in the video below.
He has done shows with other stalwarts like Richard Clayderman, Abba, and the like.
All his earlier records had this font and it was easy to spot his record from far in a music store.
His 1965 LP Non Stop Dancing was his very first big hit.
‘Hansi’ (as he was earlier known) tried this idea of including the party effect of people clapping and laughing into his records. This was something he picked up as a boy while listening to the radio.
His dress sense may look outlandish but I presume that is his idea to make his shows more colourful and lively.
"I have always made music, which I liked and then I realised that lots of people like what I like. I play only what I like, otherwise I would lie to myself and lie to the audience. I must enjoy what I'm doing and then there's a good feel on stage and if people come to the show they can say, "oh yeah, they like what they are doing, it's fun." We enjoy what we are doing on stage and that's why the concerts still sell out. The audience can see that we enjoy what we are doing then it goes over to them as well."
When he crossed 80, he came out with a new record titled “80 Not Out”
No wonder he has sold seven million albums worldwide in his lifetime.
His live shows still manage to get a lot of audience
His advice to others: “take care of your life, make the best of it and enjoy music”
I have this video (The Mexican Hat Dance) on my cell phone and often watch it when I am in the mood for something peppy.
Nothing like music to lift your mood.