Especially in the 1970s James Last was celebrated as the “party king”. He created medleys by tying together brief renditions of popular songs with his characteristic dance beat. This party music had an audience ranging from rock music aficionados to traditional dance music lovers.
He also had many guest performers, among them Wencke Myhre, Freddy Quinn, Richard Clayderman, René Kollo, Helmut Zacharias, Edward Simoni, Fettes Brot and others. For Elvis Presley he composed the song “Fool”, which the King of Rock’n’Roll included on his first RCA record. On the occasion of his 75th birthday, the CD “They call me Hansi” was released in co-operation with RZA, Jan Delay, Herbert Grönemeyer, Tom Jones, Hayley Westenra, Luciano Pavarotti, Xavier Naidoo, Nina Hagen and Till Brönner.