Sure Sir, I Can Boogie singer dies aged 69

MADRID – María Mendiola, who sang the disco anthem Sure Sir, I Can Boogie, has died on the age of 69. The singer, who was one half of the Spanish duo Baccara, died in Madrid surrounded by her household on Sunday morning. “My pricey Maria, a beautiful artist however above all my good friend left us right this moment,” her bandmate Cristina Sevilla wrote on Instagram, saying the information. “I can solely thank a lot love for a way I’ve obtained from you.” Mendiola fashioned Baccara with one other singer, Mayte Mateos, in 1977 after they have been each flamenco dancers entertaining vacationers on the island of Fuerteventura. The duo have been talent-spotted by a document label government, who signed them to RCA Data within the UK, and gave them Sure Sir, I Can Boogie as their first single. 

A breathy disco basic (which bore a noticeable similarity to Thelma Houston’s Don’t Go away Me This Means) it topped the charts in 10 European nations, together with the UK.

 It went on to promote greater than 16 million copies – greater than any woman group had ever achieved on the time. Subsequently lined by Sophie Ellis-Bextor, The Fratellis and Goldfrapp, the tune gained a brand new lease of life earlier this summer time, after being adopted as Scotland’s unofficial anthem on the Euro 2020 soccer event. Mendiola stated she was touched that the tune was nonetheless part of folks’s lives “after so a few years”. “I by no means thou¬ght I’d be within the charts once more. I’m not younger any extra however I assume it exhibits I can nonetheless boogie,” she stated.

“The Scotland staff has reminded folks we exist, which could be very good.”

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