Luxembourg: María Mendiola, member of the duo Baccara passes away aged 69

Luxembourg: María Mendiola, member of the duo Baccara passes away aged 69
Monday, 13 September 2021

  • María Mendiola, member of the music duet Baccara, who represented Luxembourg in Eurovision 1978 has passed away aged 69. 

    Sad news for the Eurovision family with one more past ESC contestant passing away, as Spanish singer María Mendiola who represented Luxembourg back in 1978 has died aged 69. This was announced by her new singing partner Cristina Sevilla on the duo’s official Instagram page. She did not disclose a cause of death.

    “How difficult it is for me to publish that,” My dear Maria, a wonderful artist, but above all for me … My friend, left us today.”    wrote the singer there on Saturday (11/9)

    The two of them formed the duo since 2009 and most recently released the album “I Belong To Your Heart” in 2017.

    Maria Mendiola’s career began in the early 1970s with the Spanish television ballet. In 1977 Baccara, a female vocal duo, was formed by Spanish artists Mayte Mateos and María Mendiola . The duo rapidly achieved international success with their debut single "Yes Sir, I Can Boogie", which reached number one across much of Europe and became the best-selling single of all-time by a female group, eventually selling more than 18 million copies worldwide. A successful follow-up single ("Sorry, I'm a Lady") and European tour led to a number of album releases, numerous television appearances and the duo's selection to represent Luxembourg in the Eurovision Song Contest 1978.

    The duet represented the landlocked state in Eurovision 1978 with their song  “Parlez-vous français?” which achieved to finish in 7th place among 20 competing countries receiving a total of 73 points. 

    The music duet attempted to represent Sweden in Eurovision 2004 by taking part in the Swedish national selection of Melodifestivalen 2004 with their song “Soy tu Venus” (I’m your Venus). Eventually they finish 6th out of 7 act in their respective semi final. 

    Lets remember their ESC 1978 perfromance of "Parlez-vous français?”:


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