Sunday, 20 June 2010

World Popular Song Festival - Baccara

Baccara was a female vocal duo formed in 1977 by Spanish artists Mayte Mateos (February 7, 1951, Logroño) and María Mendiola (April 4, 1952, Madrid).

The pair rapidly achieved international success with their debut single Yes Sir, I Can Boogie, which reached number one across much of Europe. A successful follow-up single (Sorry, I'm A Lady) and European tour led to a number of album releases and numerous television appearances. In 1978 Baccara won the Luxemburg national final for the ESC with the song Parlez-vous français? At the ESC in Paris Baccara came 7th.

In 1977 Baccara participated in the World Popular Song Festival in Tokyo. In 1977 Baccara had several big hits all over Europe and Japan including Yes Sir I Can Boogie, Sorry I'm A Lady and Koochie Koo. For the song to represent Germany in Tokyo they chose Mad In Madrid, a quiet, melancholic ballad. It was a rather strange choice because they were known for their uptempo disco songs with a lot of cheerfulness. They were the pre-tournament favourites but Baccara stranded on a disapointing 14th place out of 40 participants.

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