Baccara singer María Mendiola, best known for the Spanish duo’s disco anthem
Yes Sir, I Can Boogie has died, She was 69. It is reported that Mendiola passed away
in Madrid on Saturday surrounded by her family.
Her demise was confirmed by bandmate Cristina Sevilla on Baccara’s official
Instagram web page.
“How difficult it is for me to publish this,” Sevilla’s submit started. “My dear María
Mendiola, wonderful artist, but for me above all … My friend, has left us today.
Words cannot come out … I can only thank so much love how I have received from
her part and tell her what so many times I had the opportunity to say to her in life … I
Mendiola’s household additionally launched an announcement, writing: “She will
always be remembered for her love, dedication and respect for the world of music and
interpretation. We will always remember her smile.”
María Mendiola fashioned Baccara in 1977 with one other singer, Mayte Mateos, who
after they had been each flamenco dancer on the island of Fuerteventura. After
being talent-spotted by a file label government, the duo had been signed to RCA
Information within the UK.
Their first single, ‘Yes Sir, I Can Boogie, topped the charts in 10 European nations in
1977, together with the UK, and has since gone on to change into a disco traditional.
It has bought over 16 million copies so far.
The music was subsequently lined by the likes of Sophie Ellis-Bextor, The Fratellis
and Goldfrapp, and earned a brand new lease of life earlier this summer season when
the Scottish worldwide soccer crew adopted it as an unofficial anthem at Euro 2020.
“I never thought I’d be in the charts again. I am not young any more but I guess it
shows I can still boogie,” Mendiola stated on the time. “The Scotland team has
reminded people we exist, which is very nice.”
The duo’s 1977 self-titled debut album was launched on the heels of ‘Yes Sir, I Can
Boogie’, turning into an immediate success. Its follow-up single, ‘Sorry I’m A Girl’
gave Baccara one other High 10 hit in early 1978.
That very same 12 months the duo entered the Eurovision Music Contest with the
novelty music ‘Parlez-Vous Français?’. Representing Luxembourg, they took seventh
place, dropping to Israel’s Izar Cohen and the music ‘A-Ba-Ni-Bi’.
The band would launch two extra albums, however by the mid-80s Mendiola and
Mateos went their separate methods, launching two competing variations of Baccara
(known as Baccara and New Baccara) who every recorded and toured individually.
Mendiola’s incarnation of the band – New Baccara, that includes co-vocalist Marisa
Pérez – scored a trio of membership hits within the Eighties with the songs ‘Touch
Me’, ‘Fantasy Boy’ and ‘Call Me Up’. In addition, they appeared on the 2004 ITV
actuality present Hit Me Child One Extra Time, through which former pop stars
carried out their largest hit together with a canopy model.
Pérez stepped away from the band in 2008 after being identified with arthritis and
was changed by Cristina Sevilla.