Franzl Lang

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Franz Lang
Franzl Lang (cropped).jpg
Background information
Birth nameFranz Lang
Also known asYodelking (Jodlerkönig)
Born(1930-12-28)28 December 1930
Munich, Bavaria, Weimar Republic
Died6 December 2015(2015-12-06) (aged 84)
Munich, Bavaria, Germany
Years active1957–2000
LabelsUniversal Music GmbH

Franz "Franzl" Lang (28 December 1930 – 6 December 2015), known as the Yodel King (German: Jodlerkönig), was an alpine yodeller from Bavaria, Germany. Lang's genre is German folk music; he typically sang in the Bavarian dialect of the rural Alpine regions.[1]


Raised in Munich, Lang trained as a toolmaker. He started playing his trademark accordion at the age of nine. His greatest hit was his 1968 recording of Karl Ganzer's composition "Das Kufsteiner Lied". Throughout the 1970s, he was a permanent feature of musical variety shows on West German television, especially on the ZDF program Lustige Musikanten.

Lang has sold more than 10 million recordings; he has earned 20 gold records and one platinum record within the German recording industry.

On his 70th birthday, he performed for the final time.[2]

Personal life & death[edit]

He was married to his wife Johanna since 1954; he had one son (Franz Herbert Lang, 1966-1995) and one daughter (Christl). He died at a Munich nursing home on 6 December 2015 from Multiple organ dysfunction syndrome. On January 11, 2016, he was buried in a forest cemetery, with multiple dedications from his family and friends.[1][2]

Discography (Albums)[edit]

  • 1970: Bergweihnacht (LP: Philips 63 883, Aufnahme: 1970)
  • 1977: Urlaub in den Bergen
  • 1979: Musik aus den Bergen
  • 1987: Schön ist’s auf der Welt
  • 1991: Mir geht’s guat
  • 1996: Freude am Leben
  • Alpen-Echo
  • Das original Kufsteiner Lied
  • Der Königsjodler
  • Die schönsten Volkslieder
  • Die schönsten Jodler der Welt
  • Echo der Berge
  • Freunde der Berge
  • Goldene Sonne, goldene Berge
  • Himmel, Harsch und Firn mit den Kaiserlich Böhmischen
  • Holladaratata
  • In Oberkrain
  • Jodlerkönig
  • Kameraden der Berge
  • Komm mit in die Berge
  • Lagerfeuer in den Bergen
  • Ski Heil
  • Stimmung beim Bier
  • Stimmung beim Jodlerwirt
  • Wir kommen von den Bergen
  • Zillertal, du bist mei Freud
  • Tirol Heimat der Berge
  • 10 Jahre Jubiläum beim Jodlerwirt
  • Im Wilden Westen
  • Grüß Gott in Bayern
  • Zünftig pfundig kreuzfidel
  • Das Bayernland
  • Der weißblaue Hammer



  1. ^ a b Williams, Martina (21 December 2015). ""The Kufstein song" interpreter Franzl Lang is dead". Merkur. Retrieved 30 December 2015.
  2. ^ a b "Last yodel for Franzl Lang († 84)". Alendzeitung. 12 June 2016. Retrieved 11 July 2020.

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