Maria Mendiola, one of the members of Baccara, whose 1977 disco hit Yes Sir, I Can Boogie is the unofficial anthem of Scottish football fans, has passed away.
Mendiola, who was one half of the Spanish duo, was best known for her rendition of the hit song. She died in Madrid surrounded by her family on Saturday morning at the age of 69. Cristina Sevilla, who sang in a later formation of the group, expressed her gratitude on social media in a message written in Spanish.
“My dear Maria, a wonderful artist but for me above all my friend, passed away today”, she wrote on Instagram in Spanish. “I can only thank her [for] so much love that I received from her.
Yes Sir, I Can Boogie was first linked with Scottish football in 2015 when a video of Aberdeen and Scotland defender Andy Considine singing the song with others on his bachelor party was disclosed on YouTube.
The song returned to the charts in mid-November 2020 when Scotland beat Serbia in a Euro 2020 play-off, and footage of Considine and his teammates dancing and singing on the track are went viral. Mendiola said she was touched that the song is still a part of people’s lives “after so many years”.
The song, which was covered by Goldfrapp, the Fratellis and Sophie Ellis-Bextor, was sung loudly and proudly by Scottish fans throughout the Euro this summer.
Mendiola formed Baccara in 1977 with Mayte Mateos, when the couple worked as flamenco dancers in Fuerteventura, the second largest of Spain’s Canary Islands.
Yes Sir, I Can Boogie, written by Rolf Soja and Frank Dostal, topped the charts in Germany, the Netherlands, UK, Sweden, Belgium and Switzerland, selling 16 million copies.
An eponymous album released later that year was also successful, giving the duo another Top 10 hit in 1978, Sorry I’m a Lady. The band released two more albums together, until the band morphed into two separate and competing releases in the mid-1980s.