51 Weeks: 51 Songs From The Past: Week 30: Baccara – Yes Sir, I Can Boogie

Chocolate! If there’s something in this world that I like a bit of a nibble on, it’s a big bar of chocolate. I don’t mind whole nut, fruit ‘n’ nut, milk or white chocolate, but don’t ever try and tempt me a bar of plain chocolate. Can you guess where I’m going with this week’s featured song? Let’s take a trip on Hugh’s music time machine to the year 1977, and all will be revealed.

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How long does it take you to decide if you want a bar of chocolate? If you’re anything like me, it can be a long time because there are so many different varieties to choose from. Have a listen to my featured song this week; the opening of which will give you an idea of the sounds I make while making up my mind which chocolate bar to eat.

Baccara was made up of flamenco dancing Spanish singing duo Mayte Mateos and Maria Mendiola. There they were happily entertaining tourists by singing traditional Spanish songs while dancing flamenco, on the island of Fuerteventura, when wham-bang, they were ushered into the recording studio to record Yes Sir, I Can Boogie. 18 million sales later, the song is one of the best-selling singles of all time. Not bad for a spot of flamenco dancing, wouldn’t you say?

Just like last week’s featured song, there was a bit of a sting in the tail for Baccara. 18 million sales meant that the song was a big hit around the world. Making the top ten in 14 countries, Yes Sir, I Can Boogie hit the number one spot in ten of those countries. However, despite significant airplay in the U.S.A, the song failed to make it into the Billboard Hot 100. Other than nobody buying the single, nobody was able to explain the reasons behind the failure of Baccara not being able to conquer the U.S music market. 40 years on, and there are not many other internationally acclaimed artists, with sales of over 18 million, who have failed to capture the American market.

But, back to chocolate. Here in the UK, Yes Sir, I can Boogie was recently the theme song for a commercial for a well-known chocolate brand. Given that I love this song so much, is it any wonder why this is my favourite brand of chocolate?

How many of you could see me doing all those actions while taking a break from writing my next blog post?

Do you have a favourite song that has been used in a commercial? Share a link to that song in the comments section.

Thank you to everyone who left a link to a favourite song in the comments section of last week’s post. And a big thank you to Barbara and Kat who joined in with publishing a blog post of a favourite song.

Want to join me in building up your 51 favourite songs from the past? Leave a link in the comments section below and showcase your next song.

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