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Born in Bremen, Germany
Died in West Palm Beach, Florida, USA
Birth NameHans Last
Nickname Hansi

Mini Bio (1)

James Last was born on April 17, 1929 in Bremen, Germany as Hans Last. He is known for his work on Kill Bill: Vol. 1 (2003), Shallow Grave (1994) and Mary and Max (2009). He was married to Christine Grundner and Waltraut. He died on June 9, 2015 in West Palm Beach, Florida, USA.

Spouse (2)

Christine Grundner (24 June 1999 - 9 June 2015) ( his death)
Waltraut (1955 - 1997) ( her death) ( 2 children)

Trivia (3)

He was a big-band leader, composer, and arranger. He sold millions of records with his trademark "happy music", upbeat versions of pop and classical favorites performed by his orchestra.
His record company changed his name to James to make him sound less German when his debut album came out in the UK. He was not consulted about the change, but went along with it.
As a young man in Germany, he narrowly avoided being drafted for military service during WWII, being too young by 17 days.

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