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Puttin on the Ritz Taco (RCA, 1983)

Puttin on the Ritz was originally composed and performed by Irving Berlin in the late 1920s. It was introduced by Harry Richman and his chorus in the musical, Puttin on the Ritz (1930). It was the first song in a film to be sung by an interracial ensemble. “Puttin on the Ritz” was slang meaning to dress fashionably. It was inspired by the Ritz Hotel.

In 1983, Dutch singer Taco released a synthesized version of Puttin on the Ritz for his album After Eight. Thanks to his two popular MTV music videos, the song hit #1 on Billboard’s “Cashbox” chart and hit #4 on the Hot 100. It topped the charts in Sweden, New Zealand and went top five in Norway, Austria and Canada. Certified Gold in the U.S., it sold over a million copies in the States. It was also the only time Taco hit American music charts.

Taco was originally born in Jakarta, Indonesia on July 21, 1955. He grew up in the Netherlands. He currently lives in Germany and continues to perform.

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