Falcowas born as Johann (Hans) Holzel on February 19, 1957 and died on February 6, 1998. He was an Austrian classical musician and turned to hip hop, pop, and rock. He sold over 60 million copies of his records worldwide. Falco was born in Vienna and was the only survivor of triplets. He graduated from Vienna Music Conservatory in 1977. He was a member of the groups Spinning Wheel and Hallucination Company. He was also a bass player in the punk rock band, Drahdiwaberl from 1978 until 1983. He wrote and performed the song Ganz Wien. This song was also included on his debut solo album, Einzelhaft.
Falco’s first big hit was, Der Kommissar, which was taken from the album, Einzelhaft, in 1982. His record was about drugs and was in German. It was a combination of rap and sung chorus. The song made it to number one in many countries but failed in the United States. The group, After The Fire, recorded an English Cover version of the song and this time it reached number three on the U. S. Charts in 1983.
Falco released a second album called, Junge Roemer, and the record was a hit in Austria and Germany but failed in other countries. Falco began to work on songs with English lyrics. This resulted in his releasing of his most popular and successful album and single of them all. In 1986 he released the record, Rock Me Amadeus and it reached number one in the United States and also a hit worldwide. It stayed in the Top Hot 100 Billboard in the United States for 3 weeks. His album called, Falco 3 reached the number 3 position on the Billboard Albums chart. Rock Me Amadeus made it to number one in over a dozen countries. His follow up single, Vienna Calling reached number 18 on the U. S. Billboard charts and number 17 on the U. S. Cash Box Charts in 1986. His double A- side 12" single, which featured re-mixes of those two hits, reached number 4 on the Dance/Disco charts in the United States. His 3rd single release from the album was called, Jeanny, and it also reached the top of the charts but some radio stations refused to play it because it was told from the point of view of a rapist and murderer. Falco went on to release other albums and singles.
In 1998, Falco died from injuries from a collision with a bus, near a resort called Puerto Plata. He would have been 41 on his next birthday which was only two weeks away. Falco was buried in the Zentralfriedhof (Central Cemetery), in Vienna, Austria. He released a total of 18 albums and 35 singles during his musical career.
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