Maria Mendiola, 50 % of Spanish vocal duo Baccara, dies aged 69 | New music

Maria Mendiola, one of the members of Baccara, whose 1977 disco hit Certainly Sir, I Can Boogie is the unofficial anthem of Scotland football admirers, has died.

Mendiola, who was one 50 % of the Spanish duo, was best identified for her rendition of the hit tune. She died in Madrid surrounded by her relatives on Saturday morning at the age of 69. Cristina Sevilla, her lover in a later on iteration of the team, expressed her gratitude on social media in a information penned in Spanish.

“My pricey Maria, a wonderful artist but for me above all my mate, remaining us today,” she wrote on Instagram in Spanish. “I can only thank her [for] so considerably love I have received from her.”

Of course Sir, I Can Boogie was initial connected to Scottish football in 2015 when a online video of Aberdeen and Scotland defender Andy Considine singing the music in drag with others on his stag do was leaked on YouTube.

The music returned to the charts in mid-November 2020 when Scotland defeated Serbia in a Euro 2020 perform-off, and the footage of Considine and his teammates dancing and singing alongside to the keep track of went viral. Mendiola reported she was touched that the song was even now a section of people’s life “after so many years”.

The music, which has been protected by Goldfrapp, the Fratellis and Sophie Ellis-Bextor, was sung loudly and proudly by Scotland lovers all through the Euros this summer.

Scotland supporters at Hampden Park. Lovers sang Indeed Sir, I Can Boogie during the Euros. Photograph: Mark Runnacles/UEFA/Getty Images

Mendiola fashioned Baccara in 1977 with Mayte Mateos, when the pair worked as flamenco dancers in Fuerteventura, the next most significant of Spain’s Canary Islands.

Certainly Sir, I Can Boogie, penned by Rolf Soja and Frank Dostal, topped the charts in Germany, the Netherlands, the United kingdom, Sweden, Belgium, and Switzerland, going on to market 16m copies.

A self-titled album unveiled later that yr was also a achievement, providing the duo yet another Prime 10 hit in 1978, Sorry, I’m a Girl. The team produced one more two albums jointly, until eventually the band spilt into two independent and competing variations in the mid-80s.