Franzl Lang

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Franz Lang
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 sold more than 10 million recordings, and 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 11 January 2016 he was buried in Munich Waldfriedhof, 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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