One Hit Wonders of the ’80s: 1983 – Taco

“Puttin’ on the Ritz” by Taco

“Puttin’ on the Ritz” was actually written by Irving Berlin in 1929. There have been many versions of the song. Fred Astaire performed the song in the 1946 movie, Blue Skies. Then the song was performed by Gene Wilder and Peter Boyle in the 1974 Mel Brooks film, Young Frankenstein.

Taco released his version in 1983, and the song peaked at #4 on September 3, 1983. His version includes a tap dance solo in the middle to honor Astaire. Taco did not have another hit after that. His follow-up song, “Singing in the Rain” was only a moderate success peaking at No. 49 in Germany and No.46 in Canada.

After recording a few more albums, Taco focused more on acting, and appeared on some German television shows. He currently resides in Germany, performing with his band and as a gala artist.

Here is his moment of glory, with “Puttin’ On the Ritz”:

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