Franzl Lang

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Franzl Lang
Background information
Birth name Franz Lang
Also known as Yodelking (Jodlerkönig)
Born (1930-12-28)28 December 1930
Munich, Bavaria, Germany
Died 6 December 2015(2015-12-06) (aged 84)
Munich, Germany
Genres Folk music (yodeling)
Instruments Vocals, accordion, guitar
Years active 1957–2015
Labels Universal Music GmbH

Franz "Franzl" Lang (28 December 1930 – 6 December 2015), known as the Yodelking (German: Jodlerkönig), was a yodeler from Bavaria, Germany. Lang also sang and played the guitar and the accordion and was the author of several books on yodeling. Lang's genre is German folk music; he typically sang in the Bavarian dialect of the rural Alpine regions.

By general consensus, Lang was considered to be the best Alpine yodeler in the world.

Career[edit]

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 composition "Kufstein-Lied". For many years in 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. He was known as one of the most famous yodelers to have ever lived.

Personal life and death[edit]

He was married to his wife Johanna since 1954; he had one son (Franz Herbert Lang) and one daughter (Christl). He died at a Munich nursing home on 6 December 2015.[1]

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