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28 December 1930
|Died||6 December 2015 84) (aged|
Munich, Bavaria, Germany
|Other names||Yodelking (Jodlerkönig)|
|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 ]
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By general consensus,[ according to whom? ] Lang was considered to be the best Alpine yodeller in the world.[ citation needed ]
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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.
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.
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