Maria Mendiola Biography – Maria Mendiola Wiki
Maria Mendiola was a Spanish singer and dancer, who was a member of the Spanish duo Baccara. Baccara was formed in Madrid in 1977 by Maria Mendiola and singer Mayte Mateos and had great success with their first single “Yes Sir, I Can Boogie” which topped the charts in 10 European countries, including the UK, and has sold more than 16 million copies.
Subsequently covered by Sophie Ellis-Bextor, The Fratellis and Goldfrapp, the song gained a new lease of life earlier this summer, after being adopted as Scotland’s unofficial anthem at the Euro 2020 football tournament.
Mendiola said she was touched that the song was still a part of people’s lives after so many years. “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,” she said. “The Scotland team has reminded people we exist, which is very nice.”
After Yes Sir, I Can Boogie topped the charts in 1977, Baccara’s self-titled debut album became an instant success, and the follow-up single, Sorry I’m a Lady, gave the duo another top 10 hit in early 1978. That same year they entered the Eurovision Song Contest with the novelty song “Parlez-vous français?”. Representing Luxembourg, the duo took seventh place, losing to Israel’s Izar Cohen and the song A-Ba-Ni-Bi.
The band released two more albums, but by the mid-80s Mendiola and Mateos had parted ways, launching two competing versions of Baccara (called Baccara and New Baccara) who each recorded and toured separately.
Mendiola’s incarnation of the band – featuring co-vocalist Marisa Pérez – achieved the most success, scoring a trio of Hi-NRG club hits in the 1980s with the songs Touch Me, Fantasy Boy and Call Me Up.
They also appeared on the 2004 ITV reality show Hit Me Baby One More Time, in which former pop stars performed their biggest hit along with a cover version.
Pérez stepped away from the band after being diagnosed with arthritis in 2008, and was replaced by Cristina Sevilla, who broke the news of Mendiola’s death.
Maria Mendiola Age
Maria Mendiola was born on 4 April 1952 in Madrid, Spain. She died on 11 September 2021 in Madrid, Spain. She was 69 years old.
Maria Mendiola Death
Maria Mendiola died on 11 September 2021 at the age of 69 in Madrid surrounded by her family. Cristina Sevilla , her current partner in Baccara, announced the news on their official Instagram account. Sevilla wrote on Instagram: “My dear María, wonderful artist, but above all my friend, she has left us today. I can not articulate words. I can only give thanks for so much love I have received from her, and tell her what I had the opportunity to say so many times in life: I love you.”
Maria Mendiola’s family also released the following statement via BBC: “She will always be remembered for her love, dedication and respect for the world of music and interpretation. We will always remember her smile.”
Maria Mendiola Cause of Death
Maria Mendiola’s cause of death was not revealed.
Maria Mendiola Net Worth
Maria Mendiola’s net worth is estimated to be $5 million.