Yes Sir, I Can Boogie

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"Yes Sir, I Can Boogie"
Baccara ICanBoogie cover.jpg
Single by Baccara
from the album Baccara
B-side Cara Mia
Released 1977
Format 7" single, 12" maxi
Genre Euro disco
Length 4:37 (album version)
3:15 (single version)
Label RCA Records
Writer(s) Frank Dostal, Rolf Soja
Producer(s) Rolf Soja
Baccara singles chronology
"Yes Sir, I Can Boogie"
(1977)
"Sorry, I'm a Lady"
(1977)

"Yes Sir, I Can Boogie" is a 1977 hit single by the Spanish vocal duo Baccara.

Written by Frank Dostal and Rolf Soja, and produced by Soja, this standard disco song was a major hit across Europe and became the duo's sole number one single in the UK, spending a single week at the top in October 1977. It did not chart in the United States, despite receiving airplay in several markets. It is one of the best-selling singles of all time, with an estimated total of 18 million units.[1]The breathed intro to the song is very similar to Harold Melvin and the Blue Notes and Thelma Houston's "Don't Leave Me This Way", which was a clear influence on the Baccara song.

Baccara was composed of Spanish flamenco dancers Mayte Mateos and Maria Mendiola. They were discovered on the island of Fuerteventura by RCA Records executive Leon Deane who saw them dancing flamenco and singing traditional songs for tourists; he subsequently signed them to the label.

Track listings[edit]

7" single (Europe & US)
  1. "Yes Sir, I Can Boogie" — 4:28
  2. "Cara Mia" — 2:
12" maxi single (US only)
  1. "Yes Sir, I Can Boogie" — 6:50
  2. "Yes Sir, I Can Boogie" — 6:50

Chart positions[edit]

Chart (1977-1978) Peak
position
Australia (Kent Music Report)[2] 9
Austria (Ö3 Austria Top 40)[3] 2
Belgium (VRT Top 30 Flanders)[4] 1
Denmark (Tracklisten) 1
Europe (Eurochart Hot 100 Singles) 1
France (IFOP)[5] 5
Finland (Suomen virallinen lista)[6] 1
Germany (Official German Charts)[7] 1
Ireland (IRMA)[8] 1
Italy (FIMI)[9] 30
Netherlands (Dutch Top 40)[10] 1
New Zealand (Recorded Music NZ)[11] 33
Norway (VG-lista)[12] 1
Spain (AFYVE)[13] 2
Sweden (Sverigetopplistan)[14] 1
Switzerland (Schweizer Hitparade)[15] 1
United Kingdom (The Official Charts Company)[16][17] 1

Cover versions[edit]

  • Finnish musician M. A. Numminen recorded a German version of the song, and also a Swedish one—with more verses.
  • In 1978, Czech singer Věra Špinarová recorded cover "Já mám ráda boogie".
  • In 1977, a sound-alike cover of the song was featured on the album Top of the Pops, Volume 62, using uncredited studio singers and musicians. When the album was released on iTunes in 2008, it was credited to Top of the Poppers.
  • In 1981, Brotherhood of Man recorded the song on their 20 Disco Greats / 20 Love Songs album.
  • In 1985, Alexander Bard recorded the song on their Barbie album.
  • In 1993, transgender Israeli singer Dana International recorded the song on her first album Danna International.
  • ABBA cover act Björn Again recorded a cover version that appears on the second disc of their double album Flash Back!/Live
  • In 2000, Nina Miranda of Smoke City fame covered the track for the soundtrack of the movie Born Romantic.
  • In 2003, Goldfrapp included a live cover version with altered lyrics titled "Yes Sir" on the Dutch edition of their album Black Cherry.
  • In 2003, Sophie Ellis-Bextor has also performed the song live and recorded a studio version as a B-side to her single "I Won't Change You".
  • In the 2005 film Kinky Boots, it is sung by Chiwetel Ejiofor during the final monologue and over the credits.
  • In 2005, the Danish heavy metal band Evil Masquerade covered the song on the Japanese release of their album Theatrical Madness.[18]
  • In 2006, Tanja Thomas covered the song on her album, My Passion.
  • In 2008, Mexican band La Gusana Ciega also recorded a cover for their cover album Jaibol.
  • In 2008, The Ukulele Orchestra of Great Britain included a cover of the song on their live album, Live in London #1.
  • In 2010, a cover was recorded by Australian singer Christine Tski for her album Life in Auto-Tune.[19]
  • In 2013, the band Sala & The Strange Sounds released the song in April 2013 featuring Mayte Mateos (half of the original Baccara).[20]
  • In 2014, the Tolmachevy Sisters performed the song live on Russian variety show Odin v Odin! (One on One!).[21]
  • In 2016, British journalist and broadcaster Louis Theroux performed an entirely falsetto version of the song live on the Adam Buxton Podcast.[22]

Other uses[edit]

  • In 2014, the song was used in a television advertisement in the United Kingdom for Cadbury Dairy Milk.[23]
  • In 2015, fans of League of Ireland football club St. Patrick's Athletic F.C., possibly inspired by the Cadbury ad, adopted the song's melody as a chant, amending the lyrics to "Oh yes sir, I can boogie, but I need a certain team. I need Patrick's, super Patrick's, all night long".
  • In 2015, in the Spanish movie "La Isla Minima", the song can be heard in the scene at the disco bar.

Parodies[edit]

  • Prima Vera made a parody of the song with lyrics about a fisherman, who is denied access to a nightclub because he smells like fish.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Murrells, Joseph (1978). The Book of Golden Discs. Barrie & Jenkins. ISBN 0-214-20480-4. 
  2. ^ Kent, David (1993). Australian Chart Book 1970–1992 (illustrated ed.). St Ives, N.S.W.: Australian Chart Book. p. 23. ISBN 0-646-11917-6. 
  3. ^ "Austriancharts.at – Baccara – Yes Sir, I Can Boogie" (in German). Ö3 Austria Top 40.
  4. ^ "yes sir, i can boogie - baccara". VRT (in Dutch). Top30-2.radio2.be. Retrieved 25 July 2013.  Hoogste notering in de top 30 : 1
  5. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2015-04-02. Retrieved 2015-03-13. 
  6. ^ Pennanen, Timo (1977). Sisältää hitin - levyt ja esittäjät Suomen musiikkilistoilla vuodesta 1972 (in Finnish) (1st ed.). Helsinki: Tammi. ISBN 9789511210535. 
  7. ^ "Offiziellecharts.de – Baccara – Yes Sir, I Can Boogie". GfK Entertainment Charts.
  8. ^ "Chart Track: Week 49, 1977". Irish Singles Chart.
  9. ^ "I singoli più venduti del 1977". HitParadeItalia (in Italian). Creative Commons. Retrieved 1 June 2013. 
    10. Yes Sir, I Can Boogie - Baccara [#30]
  10. ^ "Nederlandse Top 40 – Baccara search results" (in Dutch) Dutch Top 40.
  11. ^ "Charts.org.nz – Baccara – Yes Sir, I Can Boogie". Top 40 Singles. Retrieved 21 July 2013.
  12. ^ "Norwegiancharts.com – Baccara – Yes Sir, I Can Boogie". VG-lista.
  13. ^ Salaverri, Fernando (September 1977). Sólo éxitos: año a año, 1959–2002 (1st ed.). Spain: Fundación Autor-SGAE. ISBN 84-8048-639-2. 
  14. ^ "Swedishcharts.com – Baccara – Yes Sir, I Can Boogie". Singles Top 100.
  15. ^ "Swisscharts.com – Baccara – Yes Sir, I Can Boogie". Swiss Singles Chart.
  16. ^ [1][dead link]
  17. ^ Roberts, David (2006). British Hit Singles & Albums (19th ed.). London: Guinness World Records Limited. p. 38. ISBN 1-904994-10-5. 
  18. ^ "Evil Masquerade - Theatrical Madness - Encyclopaedia Metallum: The Metal Archives". Metal-archives.com. Retrieved 2016-06-04. 
  19. ^ Christine Tski clip on YouTube
  20. ^ Video on YouTube
  21. ^ Один в Один! Сестры Толмачевы - Baccara (Yes Sir, I Can Boogie) on YouTube
  22. ^ "Adam Buxton". adam-buxton.co.uk. Retrieved 2016-10-11. 
  23. ^ "Cadbury Dairy Milk – Office". TV Ad Music. Retrieved 11 October 2014. 

External links[edit]

Preceded by
"Silver Lady" by David Soul
UK number one single
October 29, 1977
Succeeded by
"The Name Of The Game" by ABBA