“Puttin’ On The Ritz was a cover of an Irving Berlin song made popular by Fred Astaire in 1946. Nearly 40 years later, Taco put his own spin on it, making it a worldwide smash once again. The song hit number 4 on the Billboard Top 40 and the album After Eight sold over half a million copies in the US alone. Unfortunately, Taco’s follow up songs never lived up to the high expectations brought on by “Puttin’ On The Ritz,” and his subsequent album was a flop.
Here is a “live” performance (he’s simply lip-syncing to the single mix) of “Puttin’ On The Ritz” from 1983.
Producer, Branded Music