scored his one and only pop hit in 1982 with a faithful rendition
of the Irving Berlin chestnut "Puttin' on the Ritz." Born Taco
Ockerse in Jakarta, Indonesia on July 21, 1955, he recorded "Ritz"
in Germany in 1981; a year later, the song (originally popularized
by Fred Astaire) hit the upper reaches of the U.S. pop charts,
accompanied by a video depicting the singer decked out in a bow-tie-and-tails
ensemble emblematic of the Depression-era movie musicals his image
strived to emulate. Taco's debut LP, After Eight, contained other
recreations of 1930s hits, as well as original material in the
same vein; however, the market for such stuff was clearly limited,
and after a 1984 follow-up, Let's Face the Music, he disappeared
from the charts for good.