María Mendiola — one half of the legendary Spanish duo Baccara — has died at the age of 69. The singer passed away in Madrid surrounded by her family on Saturday morning. Her bandmate Cristina Sevilla announced the news in a touching tribute on Instagram.

“How difficult it is for me to publish this …. My dear Maria, wonderful artist, but for me above all … my friend, she left us today.”

“Words cannot come out … I can only thank you so much for all the love I’ve received from you and tell you what I had the opportunity to say to you in life …. I love you.”

 

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Not many acts can claim to have 16 million record sales to their name. Fewer still can do so while competing at Eurovision.

But Baccara did exactly that in 1978 when they represented Luxembourg with the tongue-in-cheek number “Parlez-vous Francais?”, which stressed the importance of having a working knowledge of French in order to land a holiday romance.

The Spanish duo, which originally consisted of Mendiola and Mayte Mateos, earned a top ten spot for the Grand Duchy.

That was respectable yet, in the wake of their recent success, somewhat disappointing. Just months previously they had released the all conquering global smash, “Yes Sir, I Can Boogie”.

 

An infectious disco classic, the track reached number one in virtually all the major music markets during the autumn of 1977. The former flamenco dancers were transformed into household names, and by the time Eurovision rolled around, their victory must have seemed a foregone conclusion. Alas, that didn’t happen. And despite a handful of minor hits, the pair’s fortunes went into decline after the contest. By 1981 they had disbanded.

But Bacarra continued – albeit two different versions, each containing one of the original members.

“Yes Sir, I Can Boogie”, proved to be more resilient than the group which spawned it. A perennial favourite on compilation albums, and tv specials, the song has consistently managed to find and engage new fans. It’s lived on, becoming Scotland’s unofficial anthem at the Euro 2020 football tournament and finding new audiences through covers from Goldfrapp, The Fratellis and Sophie Ellis-Bextor.

Our thoughts are with María’s family, friends and fans during this difficult time.

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Bird Lover
Bird Lover
2 months ago

oh well. bye bye

Sot
Sot
2 months ago
Reply to  Bird Lover

GIRL SHE DIED

Ffs
Ffs
2 months ago

So sad .., may she rest in peace …

Ria van de Velde
Ria van de Velde
2 months ago

Very sad news . My condoleances to her family and friends

Nicole
Nicole
2 months ago

RIP

PP77
PP77
2 months ago

RIP. It would be nice to have in Eurovision finale in future , part Memories (like we have in Oscar) to remember passed away singers, composers, conductors… who was in ESC and dies between two ESC contest.

Efraim
Efraim
2 months ago
Reply to  PP77

I’m seconding this motion.

Alvaro
Alvaro
2 months ago

RIP and lots of good wishes to her loved ones in such difficult time.

Jake
Jake
2 months ago

I don’t think Mendiola was involved but in 2004 some version Baccara entered Melodifestivalen and ended low in their semi. For awhile there, Melo had consistently featured at least one “foreign” entry from an international act and they hardly performed well in their semis.

Sot
Sot
2 months ago

Oh my God. Yes Sir I Can Boogie and Parlez Vous Francais were so addictive! RIP Maria, you’ll be remembered

BadWoolfGirl
BadWoolfGirl
2 months ago

RIP