María Mendiola dead: Yes Sir, I Can Boogie hitmaker dies aged 69

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Maria Mendiola, centre, has died aged 69 (Andy Butterton/PA) (PA Archive)
Maria Mendiola, centre, has died aged 69 (Andy Butterton/PA) (PA Archive)

Yes Sir, I Can Boogie singer María Mendiola has died aged 69.

The songstress shot to fame as one half of the Spanish pair Baccara.

She died in Madrid surrounded by her family and friends on Saturday morning.

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Her bandmate Cristina Sevilla wrote: “My dear Maria, a wonderful artist but above all my friend left us today.

“I can only thank so much love for how I have received from you.”

“My dear Maria, I do not have the words,” she added. “I can only tell you what I had the opportunity to say so many times in life... I love you.”

Her family released a statement: “She will always be remembered for her love, dedication and respect for the world of music and interpretation. We will always remember her smile.”

First the late singer formed Baccara with Mayte Mateos.

Their song Yes Sir, I Can Boogie skyrocketed to the top of the charts in 1977.

It was their first song and it sold more than 16 million copies which was record-breaking at the time.

Their debut album was instantly a hit in the music spheres.

They started out their high-flying entertainment career as flamenco dancers in Fuerteventura.

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