And thousands sang along at his concerts, the hit sold in millions, catapulting Falco, alias Hans Holzl, to No. 1 in the hit parades. It was "Rock me Amadeus" that made him the only Austrian to make it to the top of the US charts. Replacing the dusty Mozart cliche with a new Mozart image had a huge effect on the public. By transferring the historic figure into the show business world of his time, using the sound of the 1980s, he updated Mozart, and in 1985 Falco was at the peak of his career.