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......February 6, 1998
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Obituary:

HOLIDAY CAR CRASH KILLS FALCO

(1957 – 1998)

FALCO, the Austrian musician who had the massive electronic Euro-pop smash hit in 1986 with 'Rock Me Amadeus', has been  killed in a car crash while on holiday in the Dominican Republic. He was 40.

Falco died in hospital from head injuries suffered when the vehicle he was traveling in was involved in collision in the Dominican Republic resort of Puerta Plata on February 6.

Born Johann Holzel, Falco was a gifted performer of classical music during his childhood who decided to make his career in pop music during the electro-friendly '80s.  Besides the worldwide chart-topper '...Amadeus' he also scored a hit with 'Der Kommisar'.  NME

 

 

Pop musician Falco dies in car crash

 

SANTO DOMINGO, Dominican Republic (AP) --  Falco, a classical music prodigy who turned to pop music and had a 1986 hit with "Rock Me Amadeus,"  has died in a traffic accident, officials said Saturday.  He was 40. 

The Austrian-born singer and songwriter, whose original name was Johann Holzel, suffered a severe head injury when his sport utility vehicle collided with a bus as he was pulling onto a highway Friday evening near the resort of Puerto Plata. He died at a Puerta Plata hospital.
 
There were no other injuries in the crash. Police detained the bus driver, but no charges have been filed.
 
Police said Holzel was vacationing at the resort, one of the most popular tourism destinations in this Caribbean country, especially among Europeans.  Falco was a classical music child prodigy who turned to pop music.
 
His albums featured the synthesizer-based pop rock  that was popular in the 1980s. His hits included "Der Kommisar," "Rock Me Amadeus," and "Vienna Calling."
 
Officials at the hospital where Holzel died said his body was moved to Luis Eduardo Aybar Hospital in Santiago, about 35 miles south of Puerto Plata where an autopsy would be performed.

Copyright © 1998, Canoe Limited Partnership.


Biography:

 

    Falco
    (b. Johann Hoelzl, 19 February 1957, Austria, d. February 6, 1998, Dominican Republic).

    Using a droll mixture of German and English lyrics, Falco had several international hits in the '80s. After completing his studies at the Vienna Conservatoire, he played bass guitar in the punk band Drahdiwaberl, composing Ganz Wien which appeared on their PSYCHO TERROR in 1979, and was banned because it contained the line ‘all Vienna is on heroin today’. His solo career began in 1982 with the rap-style European hit Kommisar and the controversial tale of prostitution Jeanny, which topped the German charts despite a complete radio ban. Falco's first impact on the English-speaking world came with Rock Me Amadeus (1985). Co-written with Dutch producers Rob and Ferdi Bolland, the song's zany mixture of speech and singing made it number 1 in the UK in 1986 at the same time as FALCO 3 went into the Top 10 in America. After releasing the rock ballad Vienna Calling, Falco returned to the Amadeus mode on The Sound Of Musik, which was an attack on Austrian president Kurt Waldheim. Despite his collaboration with model and film star Brigitte Neilson on Body Next To Body, Falco's later records, such as Titanic in 1992 were not successful outside German-speaking territories.

~MUSIC CENTRAL '96

 

 

 

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