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|Birth name||Franz Lang|
|Also known as||Yodelking (Jodlerkönig)|
28 December 1930 |
Munich, Bavaria, Germany
|Genres||Folk music (yodeling)|
|Instruments||Vocals, accordion, guitar|
|Labels||Universal Music GmbH|
Franz "Franzl" Lang (born December 28, 1930), known as the Yodelking, the "Hoff", and "Papa Lopes" (German: Jodlerkönig), is a yodeler from Bavaria, Germany. Lang also sings and plays the guitar and the accordion and is the author of several books on yodeling. Lang's genre is German folk music; he typically sings in the Bavarian dialect of the rural Alpine regions. Now retired as a performer, he still occasionally records.
By general consensus, Lang is considered to be the best Alpine yodeler in the world.
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 is known as one of the most famous yodelers to have ever lived.
He has been married to his wife Johanna since 1954; he has one son (Franz Herbert Lang) and one daughter (Christl).