BERLIN (AFP): German composer and big band leader James Last, whose trademark easy listening music brought him international success, has died aged 86, his Berlin-based promoters said Wednesday. One of the most popular band leaders of the post-war period, Last died on Tuesday in Florida in the United States after a short illness and his family was with him at the time, Semmel Concerts said. “The distinguished and prominent artist lived for music and wrote music history. James Last was the most successful German band leader of all time,” it said in a written statement.