Song: “Rock Me Amadeus” by Falco
Reached #1: March 29, 1986 (his first, 3 weeks)
Other than Arnold Schwarzenegger, this is probably Austria’s most famous export… a guy who is believed to be a one-hit wonder (but wasn’t) and whose only big American hit was heavily re-edited for the US audience.
Falco was inspired, of course, by the movie Amadeus. In fact, one of the several versions of this song you’ll find on the Web is a movie version, intercut with scenes from the film. You can also find the original German version, the American single version (with the historical voice-over in mid-song), and a live symphonic version that sounds nothing like any of the others.
He was more than a one-hit wonder. You may have heard his “Vienna Calling” or, in the early days of MTV, seen the original “Der Kommissar” (before After The Fire remade it into a bigger hit). And, of course, he was bigger than big in German-speaking Europe.
Unfortunately, he didn’t get a chance for an ‘80s-nostalgia career. He was killed in an accident with a bus in the Dominican Republic in 1998.
So you can compare, here’s the original video version:
Tomorrow, one of Colorado’s favorite sons.
Other songs that reached #1 on March 29:
1975 – “Lady Marmalade” by LaBelle (their first, 1 week)