Mu­sic with Ed­die Row­ley

Irish Independent - Farming - - RURAL LIFE - ROCKIN’ ROW­LEY

of easy lis­ten­ing. He toured the world non-stop, fill­ing enor­mous con­cert halls with his 40-plus band, singers and strings, and en­ter­tain­ing au­di­ences with his happy mu­sic ar­range­ments of the cur­rent hits of the day mixed with the clas­sics.

He made sure that he al­ways re­flected the sound of new per­form­ers some­where in the set. “When I started, The Bea­tles were be­ing con­demned by many of my fel­low artists, but I re­alised very early on that you must rely on the new moods in so­ci­ety,” Last once said. “New things mat­ter. Liv­ing this way, I stayed young for­ever.”

A great lover of Ire­land, one of his best-known num­bers here is ‘Jager­latein’, the theme mu­sic of RTE’s The Sun­day Game.

His popularity in Ire­land was im­mense. Dur­ing the 70s and 80s, he played four to five sold-out nights an­nu­ally at the RDS in Dublin.

Last recorded over 200 al­bums, three of which had spe­cific Ir­ish flavours and con­tent — ‘The Rose Of Tralee’, ‘James Last at St Patrick’s Cathe­dral’ and ‘James Last in Ire­land’.

Mu­si­cians are set to cel­e­brate the mu­sic of James Last

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