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James Last on fine form just last year in Germany

Starting out in the 1960s, the band leader sold millions of records, including a remarkable 75 albums, of his trademark upbeat and happy reworkings of classic pop and rock tunes.

He made his final UK concert appearances in March at his 89th and 90th shows at the Royal Albert Hall, as part of his farewell tour.

"I can't talk about goodbye - it's a terrible feeling, " he said at the time.

In tribute to one of popular music's greatest showmen, we have put together nine of his best live performances, starting off with Last in toe-tapping action in 2014.

1. Rock 'n Roll Medley

This live TV performance includes Elvis Presley's Hound Dog, plus Bill Haley's Rock Around the Clock and See You Later Alligator.

2: Abba Medley

A tribute to the Swedish supergroup.

The theme from Rocky:

The rousing theme from the first Rocky film, Gonna Fly Now, live on German TV.

Latin America:

An instrumental, upbeat version of the Gibson Brothers' hit.

Elvis Presley Medley:

More from the king of Rock 'n Roll, including Love Me Tender, Rip It Up, Don't Be Cruel, Jailhouse Rock and Hound Dog.

Country Music Medley:

Time for barn-storming hoedown with Chicken Wheel, Turkey In The Straw and Orange Blossom Special from a live show in London in 1978.

Beatles Medley:

Merseyside's finest receive their own tribute with Last's unique take on Can't Buy Me Love, A Hard Day's Night, Ob-La-Di Ob-La-Da and She Loves You.

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