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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  1. This is brilliant Hugh and I LOVE the advert. Thanks for the link. I wish they made ads like that now.
    I love this song. XOXO

  2. Now I want to boogie and have a bar of chocolate and I haven’t even had my breakfast yet Hugh! Strange isn’t it how some bands make it in America and some don’t. By the way my eldest daughter recently did a music post on my blog about her friend Izzy who sings and plays flute along with six other up and coming band members. Wax Machine gig in Brighton, here’s the link: https://mjmallon.com/2017/07/12/guest-post-natasha-mallon-music-spotlight-wax-machine/

    1. It is, Marje. However, I think the same can be said about bands in America who do not crack the British market. I think that’s less likely to happen, though.

      So, your Eldest Daughter has been publishing a post on your blog. How lovely. If she does any more music posts then I’d be delighted for her to link to my weekly music feature. In fact, would she consider about writing a guest for this feature for me? I’d be delighted to host a song choice from her. Let me know what she says.

      Hope the bar of chocolate for breakfast was good. 😀

      1. Hi I’ll ask her Hugh. She might even write one from South Korea! She’s off to teach English there for a year from the end of August/ beginning September! 1st job
        after graduating. I’m going to miss her terribly but so excited for her too. And Thanks for the chocolate! Xx

        1. Please tell her there’s absolutely no pressure to write one, Marje. She sounds like she’s got a very busy time ahead of her. What a fantastic opportunity to go and teach in South Korea. Yes, you’ll miss her, but I’m guessing you’re very proud of her.

    1. They weren’t successful in North America, Teagan. Not even sales of 18 million records could help them. Not many artists can claim that. As for Cadbury’s – not even I can beat the guy in the video. He’s a natural.
      Mega hugs to you.

  3. Wow, it’s like we live in two different countries, LOL. You got me again with another song I’ve never heard before. But enjoyed the Dairy Milk ad. 🙂 ❤

    1. The Baccara girls were not very successful in North America, Debby. I didn’t find mention of the record entering the Canadian charts, so not sure if it ever made it into the top 100. The ad is one of my all time favourites. 🤠

  4. I’ve not heard this song. Catchy Tune. I could boogie all night long to it. It’s one of those songs that hangs with you. Feels good. I think I’m in love with the guy in the ad. I am definitely addicted to chocolate.

    1. Yes, it does have a habit of going round and round my head 😀 But, that’s my own fault.
      That’s Brendan Gibson. He seems to be a big hit amongst some of you. I wonder if I can get him to write a guest post and bring us some chocolate while he’s here? 🤔

  5. I love this song. I think I even posted it once… long, long ago. I even remember when it was played on the radio… OMG!!! The commercial is too funny 😂

  6. I’m not sure where I’ve heard this song…perhaps ABBA in the 70s (as someone earlier mentioned), or on my hubby’s Latin songs series. I always hear their accent as they say “BOO-gee! And yes, I can see you rocking out at your desk. Doesn’t that guy remind you of of Russell Crow? LOL!

    1. Russell Crow? I never thought he did, Terri, but now you’ve said it, then yes. 😀

      I never knew ABBA had covered this song, but it is very them. With sales of over 18 million (just imagine that in book sales), I can see why they may have covered it. I’ve heard of people changing the ‘boogie’ lyric. I often sing along to songs and change the lyrics, but only to what I think is being sung. I’ve been caught out so many times.

    1. I used to play a lot of video games, Adele. However, I then discovered eBay, then Blogging, and my PlayStation was eventually sold on eBay.
      Great video, but I’ve not heard the song before. A great match.

      1. Awww. I still have the PS3, PS1, Game Cube and all the games but don’t get to play them much now, too busy writing. lol The song is amazing I love this one on my writing playlist.

  7. I never heard this at all, but I loved the chocolate commercial! So funny! Reminds me of myself when I’m finding music for the challenge, rolling around in my desk chair here. 🙂 I’ll be back with my entry, when I find one!

    1. I think they based that commercial on me, Barbara. They must have a spy camera in my home. I even do the actions.
      I’m not surprised you’ve not heard the song before, given that Baccara failed to get the song onto the Billboard Hot 100. It seems not even worldwide sales of 18 million could get it onto the charts in the U.S.A. That does not happen very often.
      Looking forward to hearing your song choice for this week.

  8. Great song choice Hugh. I can remember when this came out, they also did another one, called ‘Sorry I’m A Lady’ or something like that.
    My choice this week is more about my favourite ads, although I love the song too. I am cross that they have moved away from the Stutters and Builders now and gone onto Skeletor!

    1. I was always amazed by how those strutters could walk, run and dance in those heels, Judy. Shame they are off our screens now, but I’ve seen successful marketing come back.
      And yes, Baccara’s other big hit was Sorry I’m a lady.’ But, the chocolate does it for me. 😀

        1. Oh, the one about the gorilla commercial. I was so disappointed to find out it was a man in a gorilla suit. 🙂 I guess I am very gullible.

    1. You could be right, Darlene. There was no mention of the Canadian charts in the research I did. I never knew ABBA had done a version of this song. Thanks for letting me know.
      I always enjoy watching the ad. It’s recently made a comeback to our TV screens.

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