Franzl Lang

Franzl Lang
Franz Lang

(1930-12-28)28 December 1930
Died 6 December 2015(2015-12-06) (aged 84)
Munich, Bavaria, Germany
Other names Yodelking (Jodlerkönig)
Years active 1957–2015
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]

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


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 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]