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Johann (Hans) Hölzel (German: [ˈjoːhan (hans) ˈhœlt͡sl̩]) (19 February 1957 – 6 February 1998), better known by his stage name Falco, was an Austrian pop and rock musician and rapper.

Falco had several international hits, "Rock Me Amadeus", "Der Kommissar", "Vienna Calling", "Jeanny", "The Sound of Musik", "Coming Home (Jeanny Part II, One Year Later)" and posthumously, "Out of the Dark". "Rock Me Amadeus" reached No. 1 on the Billboard charts, making him the only artist whose principal language was German to score a vocal number-one hit in the United States (Bert Kaempfert reached No. 1 in January 1961 with the instrumental "Wonderland by Night"). According to his estate, he has sold 20 million albums and 15 million singles, which makes him the best selling Austrian singer of all time.

In 1986, Weird Al featured the song "Rock Me Amadeus" in his polka song "Polka Party."
In 1998, Rob and Ferdi Bolland (Dutch producers and co-writers of about half of Falco's albums) released the EP Tribute to Falco under the name "The Bolland Project feat. Alida." The title track featured samples of Falco's music; the other tracks were "We Say Goodbye" and "So Lonely."
In 1999, the Bloodhound Gang sampled "Rock Me Amadeus" in their song "Mope," referring to Falco as "that money making playa that ain't with us no mo," and a "gang bangin' thug that never seen it comin'."
In 2004, Mexican metal band Molotov released a tribute song for Falco called "Amateur (Rock Me Amadeus)" (in the Molotov comedy style).
In The Simpsons episode A Fish Called Selma Falco's tune "Rock Me Amadeus" receives a slightly offbeat tribute in the musical presentation of Planet of the Apes (starring Troy McClure). The repeated tag of "Amadeus Amadeus" is transferred into "Dr. Zaius, Dr. Zaius." A later episode, "Behind the Laughter," features Willie Nelson saying, "Thank you, Taco, for that loving tribute to Falco," as well as the very end of that fictional tribute.
A movie, Falco - Verdammt, wir leben noch!, was released in Austria on 7 February 2008, ten years and one day after Falco's death. This title is also the name of a posthumously-published album by Falco and roughly translates to "Damn it, we're still alive!" Written and directed by Thomas Roth, the movie features Manuel Rubey, who is a musician himself, as adult Johann 'Falco' Hölze.
Falco's good friend Niki Lauda named one of the Boeing airplanes in his Lauda Air fleet "Falco."[citation needed]
In Family Guy season 4 episode 6,"Rock Me Amadeus" was featured when a closeup of a tumor on Lois' brain was shown singing the words "I'm a tumor" to the tune of "Rock Me Amadeus."
In the the Fox tv series The Tick, the character Bat Manuel is overheard on the phone saying, "Si, Falco is dead. Amadeus Amadeus, he is a dead person."


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Rock Me Amadeus
Vienna Calling

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