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One Hit Wonders - TACO (1983)
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"Puttin on the Ritz" by Taco - 

This was originally written in 1929 by legendary composer Irving Berlin ("God Bless America"). It was a hit for Fred Astaire in 1946 when he performed it in the movie Blue Skies. Taco pays homage to Astaire by including a tap-dance solo in the middle of the song.
 
The expression "Puttin' On The Ritz" means to dress fashionably. The saying comes from the upscale Ritz-Carlton hotel company.
 
Born in Jakarta, Indonesia to Dutch parents on July 21, 1955, Taco Ockerse (yes, it's his real name) was raised in Germany, where he studied dance and theater. He made a name for himself on the European supper-club circuit by dressing in formal attire and performing dance versions of American standards. This song was on his first album, and it became an unlikely hit when MTV picked up the video, which showcased Taco's distinctive look and performance that he had perfected in the supper-clubs. MTV didn't have many videos at the time, and this one had lavish costumes, a glowing cane and a tap dance sequence, making it very appealing to the fledgling network
 
This appeared in the West German stage remake of West Side Story.
 
Taco's entire repertoire was comprised of older songs including some by Jazz bandleader Glen Miller and show tune writer George Gershwin. He played the role of "Chico" in a Marx Brothers stage show in Germany.
 
Taco's follow-up album was also named after an Irving Berlin song he covered, "Let's Face the Music and Dance." He also did Berlin's "Cheek to Cheek."
 
This came out around the same time as a cheesy TV show called Puttin' On The Hits. In the show, contestants would lip-synch for prizes. It could only have happened in the '80s.

http://www.songfacts.com/detail.php?id=1858

Billboard Top 10 Songs of 1983

1 Police Every Breath You Take
2 Michael Jackson Billie Jean
3 Irene Cara Flashdance... What A Feeling
4 Men At Work Down Under
5 Michael Jackson Beat It
6 Bonnie Tyler Total Eclipse Of The Heart
7 Daryl Hall and John Oates Maneater
8 Patti Austin and James Ingram Baby Come To Me
9 Michael Sembello Maniac
10 Eurythmics Sweet Dreams (Are Made Of This)

31 Taco Puttin' On The Ritz

| Closed on 10/19/13 at 05:00PM
FanIQ Pts? No | Locker Room, Music | Multiple Choice Opinion Poll
7 Fans 
0%a. 10 (Awesome Song)
14%b. 7-9 (Like that song)
14%c. 5-6 (It's ok)
0%d. Who? What? Huh?
71%e. More like "Puttin on the Shitz"

  
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#1 | 211 days ago

SUUUPA DUUUPA!

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#2 | 211 days ago

Uh... yeah...
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#3 | 211 days ago

Taco = this nonsexy beast!
#4 | 211 days ago

kobe_lova wrote:
Taco = this nonsexy beast!
Or isn't it that bartender guy from Dick's Last Resort in Vegas? 
#5 | 211 days ago

Cali_Kat wrote:
Or isn't it that bartender guy from Dick's Last Resort in Vegas? 
He's always my second thought! Awww
#6 | 211 days ago

I always hated this song, even if it's about being hoity. I remember seeing the video as a child and that guy frightening me with his cheesy dance moves and clown makeup.
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