The phone has been ringing non-stop for a Madrid native Mandola ever since a clip of Scottish players singing classic disco together in the aftermath of last Thursday’s historic Euro win that saw the men’s team qualify for their first major tournament in 22 years.
Scottish fans shared the video in droves and the song is undergoing an unexpected renaissance, as it climbed to third in the Big Big Top 40 on Capital Radio.
Now Maria, who is 68 and is a grandmother, cannot believe the song has popped up again more than four decades after its initial release..
Maria said, “I’m very happy. It was very unexpected. Everyone started calling: journalists, friends, fans, family. Gosh.
The Baccara duo, featuring Maria and then co-singing partner Might Matthews, saw an unprecedented level of success with Yes Sir, I Can Boogie.
The song reached # 1 in the United Kingdom and across most of Europe, and ultimately went on to sell 18 million copies – making it the best-selling song by a female duo ever.
The song has now received a staple in disco, some attention from football fans in 2015 when Aberdeen defender Andy Considine filmed a tickling video of him dancing with his friends at a bachelorette party. The clip was intended for private consumption and was leaked online.
The new status of the 1970s tune was secured as the Tartan Army anthem when Considine, an unused substitute for Thursday’s match, was filmed, and fellow players were filmed chanting the song in the locker room to roast the historic penalty shootout victory over Serbia.
Jubilant Mariah says the sudden return to chart success was a « dream come true ».
She said, « If I were to wake up in the morning and someone told me this had happened, I wouldn’t say it’s impossible. ».
“But these guys, the Scottish team, made it a reality. After 43 years, reaching the third place is a dream come true.
“I found Andy Considine’s video very funny. They are guys, nice guys, and they did a great job.
“One of the first things I did was send Andy a thank you message on Instagram. I had to do that.
Mariah still performs as part of Baccara and her schedule was busy with her new singing partner, Cristina Seville, before the Coronavirus hit.
She said she would take the opportunity to sing in Hampden Park and return to Glasgow for the first time since 1978, but has yet to receive an official invitation..
Baccara is also weighted to re-score Yes Sir, I Can Boogie along with Scotland’s squad ahead of Euro 2020.
“Just to imagine all those people in the stadium singing Yeah, sir I can Boogie. Maybe you will shed my tears of emotion.
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