Taco

Taco
Release date
01 January 1970
Taco
01 January 1970 |

Taco scored his one and only pop hit in 1982 with a faithful rendition of the Irving Berlin chestnut Puttin’ On The Ritz.

Born Taco Ockerse in Jakarta, Indonesia 1955, he recorded Ritz in Germany in 1981; a year later, the song (originally popularized by Fred Astaire) hit the upper reaches of the US pop charts, accompanied by a video depicting the singer decked out in a bow-tie-and-tails ensemble emblematic of the Depression-era movie musicals his image strived to emulate.

Taco’s debut LP, After Eight, contained other recreations of 1930s hits, as well as original material in the same vein; however, the market for such stuff was clearly limited, and after a 1984 follow-up, Let’s Face The Music, he disappeared from the charts for good.