Franzl Lang

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Franzl Lang
Born
Franz Lang

(1930-12-28)28 December 1930
Died6 December 2015(2015-12-06) (aged 84)
Munich, Bavaria, Germany
Other namesYodelking (Jodlerkönig)
Years active1957–2015
Label(s)
Universal Music GmbH

Franz "Franzl" Lang (28 December 1930 – 6 December 2015), known as the Yodel King (German : Jodlerkönig), was a alpine yodeller from Bavaria, Germany. Lang also sang and played the guitar and the accordion and was the author of several books on yodelling. Lang’s genre is German folk music; he typically sang in the Bavarian dialect of the rural Alpine regions.[ citation needed ]

German language West Germanic language

German is a West Germanic language that is mainly spoken in Central Europe. It is the most widely spoken and official or co-official language in Germany, Austria, Switzerland, South Tyrol in Italy, the German-speaking Community of Belgium, and Liechtenstein. It is also one of the three official languages of Luxembourg and a co-official language in the Opole Voivodeship in Poland. The languages which are most similar to German are the other members of the West Germanic language branch: Afrikaans, Dutch, English, the Frisian languages, Low German/Low Saxon, Luxembourgish, and Yiddish. There are also strong similarities in vocabulary with Danish, Norwegian and Swedish, although those belong to the North Germanic group. German is the second most widely spoken Germanic language, after English.

Yodeling form of singing

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Bavaria State in Germany

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By general consensus,[ according to whom? ] Lang was considered to be the best Alpine yodeller in the world.[ citation needed ]

Career

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.

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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

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 from Multiple organ dysfunction syndrome. [1]

Multiple organ dysfunction syndrome (MODS), also known as multiple organ failure (MOF), total organ failure (TOF) or multisystem organ failure (MSOF), is altered organ function in an acutely ill patient requiring medical intervention to achieve homeostasis.

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