Tacowas born as Taco Ockerse, on July 21, 1955, in Jakarta, Indonesia. Taco was born to a Dutch couple. Indonesia was once a Dutch colony. He gained his fame when he released the cover of the record of Irving Berlin’s Puttin’ On the Ritz, in German, in 1982. The record made him famous the next year, in 1983. The record hit the U. S. Billboard chart at number 4. It was stated that Taco did not speak any English in the song, her read the lyrics from transliterations. Taco’s first language is English and although he has nearly always performed in English, he can also speak German, having recorded some songs for German Eurovision in 1981. He also is fluent in Dutch and French. Two of the songs he recorded in German were, Traume brauchen Zeit, Blauer Vogel, and others.
Taco fronted a Berlin based band called Taco’s Bizz before he recorded his big hit, Puttin’ On the Ritz. The band performed oldies from the depression era, only in a more contemporary style. After that the record companies were after him to sign with their label. The bidding war was on. RCA Records funded the entire album’s expenses of the song, Puttin’ On the Ritz. The album and the single both were big hits in Europe and America. There were over 500 thousand copies of the debut album sold. The debut album was called, After Eight. RCA released another of Taco’s albums in 1984 and it was called, Let’s Face the Music. The album failed to get the success of the first album. Taco left the American music market after that. This didn’t stop Taco, he just focused mainly on the German market. He released the albums called, Swing Classics and In the Mood of Glenn Miller, in 1985. In 1986, he released the album, Tell Me That You Like It. In 1987, he released his self titled album, Taco. He released two singles in 1989 and they were called, Love Touch, and Got To Be Your Lover. The singles were in the style of disco music. Taco has never been able to succeed in any country after his gold release of, After Eight. After the two singles he decided to change his style to a swing, soul style. He has collaborated with Geff Harrison who was from, Kin Ping Meh fame.
Taco presently lives in Germany and occasionally performs in Berlin. He also still records and appears in theater, usually in the musical genre. Taco has been mentioned on the tv show, The Simpsons, and in an episode of, The Venture Bros. Although Taco has only had the one hit album, he has definitely left his mark in the music industry.
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