BACCARA - Spanish group two beautiful
girls Mayte Mateus (Matee Matheos) and Maria
Mendiola (Marie Mendiola) - one of the world's most
popular duo in the late 70's! Mayte was born in 1951 on
7th of February (Logrono/La Rioja/Spain), Maria in 1952
on 4th of April (Madrid/Spain).
BACCARA's career started in 1977. Mayte,
graduated as a teacher from the "Royal Spanish Academy for
Arts, Drama and Dance" in Madrid, was selected to join the
Spanish TV's Ballet Company and perform with them for several
years. There she met Maria. The two of them decided to quit
the ballet company and start working independently with
their own show program. By accident -- or actually more
because of a mistake -- they got sent to a night club as
their first engagement. They sang and danced with all their
heart and soul, but a week later they were asked to leave.
"-Too elegant", was the commentary of the night club
But Mayte and Maria didn't give up,
they believed in themselves and in their success. They found
a stage for themselves in the "Tres Islas" hotel on the
Spanish island of Fuerteventura. Very soon, their energetic
and lively show program had become the absolute highlight
of the evening. "But we also performed classic flamenco
pieces", Mayte remembers, "Since 90 percent of the
guests were from Germany. And they loved to see the flamenco
pieces." Maria and Mayte were performing flamenco and
singing traditional Spanish songs in cabarets for tourists.
And so did the employee of the RCA record
company in Hamburg, now BMG Ariola Hamburg GmbH. Leon Deane
was so fascinated by the show on January 17th, 1977 that
he spontaneously invited Mayte and Maria to come to Hamburg.
Roughly a month later, the two arrived in Hamburg for first
rehearsals with German composer/producer Rolf Soja. The
bosses at RCA were so swept away by their talent and their
voices that only six days later their first single, "Yes
Sir, I Can Boogie" was recorded. The Girls officially started
to work as BACCARA (Baccara - a kind of the rose)!
Their song "Yes Sir,
I Can Boogie" (text
and sound) immediately
entered all the hit charts (BACCARA's official
chart positions). All the TV stations wanted to include
BACCARA in their program and do interviews. In just eight
weeks, BACCARA had climbed to the top of the German charts
(25.000 copies of the single were sold daily in Germany,
the peak was 48.000 copies sold in one day). In no time
at all, the whole world lay at their feet. This was "Life
in the Fast Lane"! From Hongkong to Helsinki, BACCARA collected
awards and prizes for top positions in the charts like other
people collect stamps. For example: number one status in
the UK and Germany. "Yes Sir, I Can Boogie", was the first
Number 1 single in Europe, performed by a female duo, and
the first by a Spanish singers until Julio Iglesias four
years later! They sold more than 16 million singles
of "Yes Sir, I Can Boogie". They reached a world-wide
book of Guinness as the female group that had sold such
more to 1977. In January 1978, "Darling" was a hit-single
in most European countries.
The follow-up single "Sorry,
I'm A Lady" also topped the German charts and in November
1977, BACCARA's first album was released all over the world.
The first album was "Baccara"
(RCA PL 28316, 1977) containing "Yes Sir, I Can Boogie"
and also "Sorry, I'm A Lady". It got gold, double gold,
platinum and double platinum. Baccara's second album was
"Light My Fire"
(RCA LS 70888, 1978) including: "Parlez-vous francais?",
"La Bamba", "My Kisses Need A Cavalier", "Adelita", "Darling"
etc. The third album "Colours"
was released in 1979 (RCA PL 28380) with "Ay Ay Sailor",
"One, Two, Three, That's Life", "Body Talk", "By 1999",
etc. Hits was originally produced by Frank Dostal and Ralf
Baccara participated in the 8th edition
of the Yamaha World Popular Song Festival (Tokyo - November,
11th, 1977), representing then West-Germany with the song
"Mad in Madrid" (for example: special
edition "The Hits of Baccara" and Japanese
release Baccara SP!). In 1978 (on April 22nd) Mayte and
Maria were represented Luxembourg during Eurovision Song
Contest in Paris, France (song: "Parlez-vous
francais", position: 7, 73 points / the winner was:
Izhar Cohen and The Alphabeta from Israel, song: "A-Ba-Ni-Bi",
In January 1979, "The
Devil Sent You To Lorado" ("...Laredo" in
Spanish) was a top ten hit in Germany. At the same time,
a compilation album "The
Hits Of Baccara" was released (date-1978!). "Body Talk"
and "Ay, Ay, Sailor"
were released as singles. Both tracks were taken from the
third album, "Colours". The Girls were regularly seen on
TV variety shows (mainly in Germany, Spain and UK) around
the world. Baccara was a resident musical guests on the
weekly "Sacha Distel Show" on BBC2 in UK and "Musikladen"
Baccara also released a SP with a German
version of "One, Two, Three, That's Life" called "Eins
plus eins ist eins" - for the UNICEF "Year of The Child"
Then, in 1981, things started to go
wrong. Their new single "Sleepy
Time Toy" had to be called back from the retailers,
because Maria complained about her voice being underrepresented.
Maria got a lawyer to represent her claim against the record
company. She wanted the final mix to be changed. "I was
really baffled and didn’t know what was going on", says
Mayte. "Because it was my voice that had carried BACCARA
for most of the time. And that's the way it had been for
But it became more and more clear
that there was no hope for a resolution with the record
company and they stopped their collaboration with producer/composer
Rolf Soja. BACCARA recorded a single "Colorado" and a fourth
album, "Bad Boys"
(RCA PL 28476) with another production team. The last (4th)
album of "Old" Baccara was arranged by Bruce Baxter and
with Graham Sacher as Producer. Both records flopped. By
then, Mayte & Maria decided to go separate ways.
in 1981 and... this was The End!
The contract with RCA ran out and
Mayte left the band. The Girls both started to solo projects
and... both carriers didn't last very long. (Maria:
Cupid", "Born again", "Enchanté", "Haunted by your love",
"Higher and higher",
"Hit on the radio",
"I Wanna See The World",
"Hungry for love",
"Luxury life", "That thing", "The time of your life", "They
were an angel", Mayte: "Gipsy",
del Ayer", "Roses
and wine", "Temptation", "Touch touch", "I
Do I Do", "When I Get Lonely").
In 1983 NEW BACCARA were established.
Mayte Mateos was still with the duo. Jane Comerford,
from Australia, has replaced Maria Mendiola. Jane worked
at the School of Music in Hamburg teaching music and performance
for young musicians. She was a very good piano player. She
was married and she was living in Hamburg since 10 years.
She also worked as an actor and as a singer in difficult
musicals (leading rolls in Cats, etc). Mayte was teaching
in Spanish-dance when she's not touring with Baccara. But
in the next year... Gina T. (Gina T. solo
CD) replaced Jane Comerford!
had many partners, not only Jane Comerford and Gina T. but
also Marissa Perez (now together with Maria) and Sole
Garcia (formerly singing with Super).
NEW BACCARA hits was "Fantasy
Boy", "Call Me Up"
and "Touch Me" released
for Bellaphon label. NEW BACCARA released also brand new re-recorded
version of "Yes Sir, I Can Boogie" on their "Fun"
album (1990). They recorded new versions of "Yes Sir, I Can
Boogie" and "Sorry I'm a Lady" for the Italian Discomagic
in 1994, too.
In 1985 Maria Mendiola formed
her own NEW BACCARA (I called it NEW BACCARA 2), which later
changed their name to BACCARA. Maria was singing with Marissa
Perez (Maryse Peres). They are working together with Leon
Deane, mainly in Germany. Marissa was dancer and singer who
belonged to the ballet of the Spanish TV at the same time
that Maria and her ex-companion. The performances take to
them again throughout everywhere, to places like Germany,
England, Scandinavia, former East Germany, USSR and Russia,
Kaszakhstan, Estonia, Latvia, Argentina, Mexico, Egypt, and...
of course Spain. Many programs of television have been made
They have been friends for 25 years,
both are married, each one with a Swedish man that in fact
also are friends from the childhood. This makes its relationship
very familiar and for both, its main interest is to take care
of its family and homes, Maria in Madrid and Marissa in Aix
in Provence (France). Maria has two sons and Marissa a boy
and a girl.
In June 1999 Mike Coppock and Tony Spalding
(Majic Music) released NEW BACCARA single "Wind
Beneath My Wings" (originally released in 1993 for Loading
The best album "Baccara
2000" (BMG/RCA 74321 66142 2) was published in 1999 by
BACCARA 2000 - Mayte Mateus & Christina Sevilla.
Very good a new compilation with dance remixes "Yes Sir I
Can Boogie '99", some new songs like "Carino", "The clapping
song" and some old song as "Sorry, I'm A Lady", "Parlez-Vous
Francais?", some songs featuring also Michael Yuniversal.
But... "Baccara 2000" CD featured Sole Garcia on the
- "It was a pleasure to meet again
the same dear persons who took me on my way to succes. The
new team turns out to be just as pleasant as the old spirit
continues. My appreciaton to all of them" -
told Mayte Mateos after recording. All songs sounds really
great! So... BACCARA was back!
But Maria is still with Marissa
(as... BACCARA !). They published "Made
in Spain" with the company ARCADE, which will go to the
market in the spring of 1999. "Made in Spain" including dance
versions of "Yes Sir I Can Boogie" and "Sorry, I'm A Lady",
with some new Spanish songs. Next "Face
to Face" (CNR Music/Arcade Music 4900462) in 2000 with
some new songs sung in English, a new one called "I
Want To Be In Love With Somebody", new version of "Cara
Mia" and bonus track "Sorry I'm A Lady" Flamenco 2000 version.
In the same year BACCARA (Maria
and Marissa) released Spanish compilation "Lo
Mejor de Baccara" (DIVUDSA Music 33-009) with 15 tracks
including "Sorry I`m A Lady" house mix and some songs from
"Face to Face", "My Gigolo", "Cara Mia", "November", "Baby
Tell Me", "Baila En Ibiza". In my opinion "Lo Mejor de Baccara"
sounds a bit worse than "Baccara 2000".
Remember that some of 70's Baccara
CDs "best of" are in fact released by "New" Baccara, mainly
by Maria and Marissa. Some old songs sound really bad. The
next problem - some CDs cover are mistaken. They show "old"
Baccara on picture (Mayte and Maria) but contain new songs
For example - the German release "Die
Highlights" CD was named as being by BACCARA, with the
cover showing a picture of the original duo Mayte and Maria.
This was in fact false, as the CD comprised all the tracks
from NEW BACCARA "Fun" CD as well as the 12" versions of
both "Fantasy Boy" and "Touch Me" and their other successful
single "Call Me Up". There were no tracks featuring Mayte
on the disc.
There are also some CDs with pictures
"old" and "new" Baccara together (for example: "Baccara
Golden collection 2000" with Maria, Mayte and Christina
inside)! It's unclear for Me, when the new duo have dropped
"new" from their name. And, by the way, Who is legitimate
owner of the name BACCARA?!
This way we have two groups now: BACCARA
(ex- NEW BACCARA) with Maria / Marissa and BACCARA (ex-
BACCARA 2000) with Mayte / Christina. The best one is...
Mayte and CristinaIn among other Swedish
artists, like Alcazar, A*Teens, Antique, took part in the
Swedish prefinals for Eurovision Song Contest 2004 with
the following song:
"Soy to Venus por esta noche",
Writers & composers: Robert Habolin, Mats Jansson, Robert
Maxi single and CD: "Soy to Venus".
Take a look at details... here.
And... the last bad news...
Baccara, consisting of Mayte Mateos
and Cristina Sevilla, has taken the decision to split!!!
The group will however continue to exist.
Mayte Mateos has found herself a new partner to join the new
Baccara. Paloma Blanco will from now on be the new member
of Baccara and replaces Cristina Sevilla who ended the Baccara
cooperation with Mayte Mateos. The new Baccara will continue
bringing the joy of music to all their fans. This split isn't
the first in the history of Baccara.
New special 3CD BOX SET was released on 31.08.2007: "Baccara
30th Anniversary Album" by Sony BMG Entertainment
Germany. This CD box set is the ultimate BACCARA collection.
It includes all hit singles as well as many songs available
on CD for the very first time. This is a very complete retrospective
of BACCARA, the most famous singing duo of the disco era.
This compilation is a success and the sales in Germany, Austria,
Switzerland are very good.
Mayte Mateos is now teaming again with Paloma Blanco. New
tracks composed and produced by Rolf Soja with lyrics by Frank
Dostal was recorded in Hamburg last November and December.
A new album should be released in the Spring of 2008.
guide - Who is Who ???
Mateus and Maria Mendiola
- late 80's
Mateus and Jane Comerford
Mateus and Gina T.
| New Baccara
Mendiola and Marissa Perez
Mendiola and Marissa Perez
| Baccara 2000
|| 1999 - 2001
|| Mayte Mateus and
|| 2001 - 2004
|| Mayte Mateus and
|| 2004 - ...
|| Mayte Mateus and