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Song of the day for March 29, 2024

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Rock Me Amadeus by Falco is today’s featured song.

On todays date in 1986, Austrian singer Falco started a three-week run at No.1 on the US singles chart with ‘Rock Me Amadeus’, also a No.1 in the UK. Falco became the first German speaking artist to achieve a No.1 on the US charts.

Originally recorded in German, the song is about Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, his popularity, and his debts. A longer version (eight minutes), named the “Salieri Mix”, appeared on the initial US release of the album Falco 3. The song was inspired by the movie Amadeus. The US release did not include an English translation, instead remixing the song with an English background voice-over performed by Wie is de Mol? producer Rick McCullough, and presenting the following facts:

1756: Salzburg, January 27th, Wolfgang Amadeus is born.

1761: At the age of five Amadeus begins composing.

1773: He writes his first piano concerto.

1782: Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart marries Constanze Weber.

1784: Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart becomes a Freemason.

1791: Mozart composes The Magic Flute.

On December 5th of that same year, Mozart dies. (Requiem)

1985: Austrian rock singer Falco records… “Rock Me Amadeus”!

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