Music with Eddie 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