Taco (born Taco Ockerse on July 21, 1955 in Jakarta, Indonesia) is a male pop\new wave singer who is known for being a one-hit wonder during the ’80s.
He spent much of his childhood moving around the world, residing in places such as the Netherlands, Singapore, the United States, Luxembourg, Germany & Belgium. While in Belgium, he attended the International School of Brussels and graduated in 1973.
After that, Taco studied interior decorating and completed acting school in Hamburg, Germany. While in school, Taco had lead roles in numerous productions such as “The Fantasticks,” “You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown,” “Fiddler on the Roof” and “Carousel.”
In 1975, Taco began performing professionally in theater in plays such as “Sweet Charity,” “Three Musketeers” and “Chicago.” He was also the director & choreographer for the musical “Nightchild.” In 1979, he performed “West Side Story” at the Hamburg Opera House. During that same year, he founded his first band called Taco’s Bizz.
In 1981, Taco signed his first record contract with Polydor Records in Germany. A year later in 1982, he released his debut single, a cover version of Irving Berlin’s 1929 song “Puttin’ on the Ritz” and his debut album “After Eight” (which peaked at #23 on the Billboard 200 & was moderately successful in other countries as well).
By the late summer of 1983, “Puttin’ on the Ritz” peaked at #4 on the Billboard Hot 100 and #1 on the Cashbox magazine chart, making it his only hit in the United States to date. It was later certified Gold by the RIAA, selling over 1 million copies. It also peaked at #12 on Billboard’s Adult Contemporary chart & #37 on Billboard’s Hot Dance Music\Club Play Singles chart.
Internationally, the song topped the charts in Sweden & New Zealand and was moderately successful in other countries such as Canada, Norway, Austria, Germany and the Netherlands.
Taco’s follow-up single from the album “Singin’ in the Rain” peaked at #49 on the music charts in Germany, #98 on the U.K. Singles chart and #46 on the music charts in Canada.
In 1983, he released a single called “Superphysical Resurrection” which was released only in countries such as Germany, France, Italy & Spain. It’s unknown how or if the song made the charts at all, but a music video was made for the song.
In 1984, he released his follow-up album “Let’s Face the Music” which peaked at #58 in Germany, but didn’t appear to fare well in the United States.
Throughout the ’80s, Taco continued to release albums such as “Swing Classics/In the Mood of Glenn Miller” in 1985, “Tell Me That You Like It” in 1986 and a self-titled album in 1987.
In 1989, he briefly switched to contemporary pop music, releasing the singles “Love Touch” & “Got to Be Your Lover.” Between 1989 and 1996, Taco dabbled in acting, appearing in various films & theater productions.
These days, Taco resides in Germany where he continues to be active in the entertainment business, performing and working on various projects. In 2017, he released a new version of “Puttin’ on the Ritz” called “Puttin’ on the Ritz 2017.”
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To see the music video for “Puttin’ on the Ritz,” go to:
To see the music video for “Puttin’ on the Ritz 2017,” go to:
To see the music video for “Singin’ in the Rain,” go to:
To see the music video for “Superphysical Resurrection,” go to:
To see a fan-made video for “Got to Be Your Lover,” go to:
To see a fan-made video for “Love Touch,” go to: