|Estimated value:||€3 million|
|Country of origin:||Austria|
|Source of Wealth:||Singer|
Johannes Hölzel was born on February 19, 1957 in Vienna. He was known by the name Falco and was a well-known singer. He died on February 6, 1998 near Puerto Plata, Dominican Republic.
Falco was born on February 19, 1957 in Vienna under the real name Johann Hölzel. He grew up without siblings in modest circumstances in Vienna. His father, who left the family early, was a foreman. The mother worked in a laundry and ran a grocery store.
Falco first attended a Roman Catholic private school before moving on to grammar school. After school he began an apprenticeship, which he broke off. He formed a band with friends called Umspannwerk. During his eight-month service in the army, he attended the Vienna Music Conservatory. However, he dropped out of this course.
Falco moved to West Berlin for a time. There he saw the ski jumper from the former GDR Falko Weisspflog in his hotel at the Four Hills Tournament. This impressed him so much that he named himself after this. After his time in Berlin, where he performed as a jazz bass player in various clubs, Falco returned to Vienna and joined the rock theater “Ersten Wiener Musiktheater”. There he had his first successes, but they were limited to the music scene in Vienna.
Falco performed with various bands in Vienna. Markus Spiegel, a record entrepreneur from Vienna, discovered Falco at a concert he was doing with the band Drahdiwaberl. He spotted the talent and signed Falco to a three solo LP deal.
In 1981 the album Psychoterror was released. The song “Ganz Wien” can also be found there. The title “Der Kommissar” brought Falco to top positions in the charts throughout Europe. “The Commissioner” has sold seven million copies worldwide. It was the first white rap song to be commercially successful. As a result, the album “einzelhaft” was released, number 1 in the Austrian charts.
The second album “Junge Roemer” followed. It was sold 120,000 times in Germany. The album “Falco 3” produced by producer duo Bolland. This collaboration also resulted in “Rock Me Amadeus”.
The song “Jeanny” was another single from the album “Falco 3”. Many radio stations refused to play the song because the song glorified rather than described a day of violence. The boycott contributed to the great success of this song. The single sold 2.5 million copies.
Other albums he released were not very successful. Only the album “Out of the Dark (Into the Light), which was released after his death, was a commercial success again. After his death, more posthumous publications followed.
Falco moved to the Dominican Republic before his death and wanted to work on his new album there. There, on February 6, 1998, a bus rammed into his SUV and Falco died. Alcohol, cocaine and THC were found in his blood.
To date, the track “Rock Me Amadeus” is the only German-language song to have reached the top of the US Billboard charts. It was also a number 1 hit in the UK, as well as in much of Europe. With this song Falco had become a world star.
The album “Out of the Dark (Into the Light)” was also a great success. This only appeared after his death. The album sold 2 million copies and the single more than 3.5 million copies.
He never made a big secret of his addictions. Falco once said: “Reality is a hallucination caused by the absence of alcohol.”
One of Falco’s quotes is uncanny, especially in light of his death. He once said that if he were to die early, he wanted to die like James Dean: at a crossroads in a Porsche. And Falco actually died at an intersection in a car crash.
Some interesting facts about Falco’s life and career that are probably only known to fans:
When Falco’s mother was pregnant, she was originally expecting triplets. She lost two of the three fetuses in the third month of pregnancy, only Falco survived.
The song “Ganz Wien”, which Falco wrote himself, was an underground hit in Vienna even before Falco discovered it. But the radio boycotted it.
Falco recorded a duet with Désirée Nosbusch and with Brigitte Nielsen. Both were unsuccessful.
The lyric “Do I have to die to live” from the song “Out of the Dark” is often cited as evidence that Falco committed suicide. But Falco didn’t write the song “Out of the Dark” himself, which speaks against the suicide theory.
|Estimated value:||€3 million|