Falco: Vienna Calling

„Vienna Calling“ is a song from Falco, an Austrian rapper and pop star. He  was born as Johann Hölzel in Vienna 1957,  called „Hans“. On his way to becoming an international rock star, he was bass player in the Austrian hard rock – punk rock band Drahdiwaberl  (from 1978 until 1983). With Drahdiwaberl he wrote and performed the song „Ganz Wien“ („All of Vienna“), which he would also include on his debut solo album, „Einzelhaft („Solitary Confinement“ ), more than seven million copies were sold, and the single „Der Kommissar“ („The Commissar„) was a success, too.

The next album  was called „Junge Roemer“ (Young Romans) and his third album, „Falco 3„, and the single „Rock me Amadeus“ went number 1 in Austria and in more than a dozen countries, U.S. and Japan included.

Vienna Calling“  followed its predecessor as far as the U.S. Top 20.

1986 the album „Emotional“ was released, songs on the album included „Coming Home (Jeanny Part II, One Year Later)“, „The Kiss of Kathleen Turner“, and „Kamikaze Capa“ which was written as a tribute to the late photojournalist Robert Capa. „The Sound of Musik“ was another international success, and a Top 20 US dance hit.

Falco died of severe injuries received on 6 February 1998, 13 days before his 41st birthday, when his car collided with a bus on the road in the Dominican Republic.

He was buried in the Central Cemetery, Vienna.

On my Central Cemetery Tour you will see the gravesite

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