Taco was born to a Dutch couple in Jakarta (On a side note, Indonesia was once a Dutch colony). Prior to his worldwide hit with Puttin’ on the Ritz, he fronted a Berlin-based band called Taco’s Bizz. Their niche was performing Depression-era oldies in a more contemporary style, and soon Taco was courted by record labels to release a solo single. Puttin’ on the Ritz gained so much attention that an entire album was funded by RCA Records. Both the album and the single were hits in Europe, and thanks to a popular MTV video for Puttin’ on the Ritz, the single and the album became hits in America as well, selling over 500,000 copies of Taco’s 1982 debut album After Eight.
A follow-up album, Let’s Face the Music, was recorded in 1984 for RCA, but it failed to recreate Taco’s initial success, and he vanished from the American market immediately thereafter.
Taco Ockerse, born in Jakarta, Indonesia on July 21, 1955, had spent many of his childhood years moving around the world residing in the Netherlands, the United States, Singapore, Luxembourg, Belgium and Germany. He attended the International School of Brussels, Belgium, and graduated in 1973. Afterward, he studied interior decoration and finished acting school in Hamburg. He held lead roles in numerous school productions, including You're a Good Man, Charlie Brown; Carousel; The Fantasticks; and Fiddler on the Roof.
In 1975, he began his first professional theatrical engagements in Hamburg. This included roles in Children's Theater, and roles as an ensemble member of the Thalia Theater in a number of plays, including Sweet Charity, Chicago, and Three Musketeers. He also directed and choreographed for the musical Nightchild. In 1979, he played "Chino" in John Neumeier's West Side Story at Hamburg Opera House. He founded his first band, Taco's Bizz, in 1979.
Taco Ockerse (born 21 July 1955) is a singer popularly known as Taco.
Taco gained international stardom when in 1982 he recorded a distinctive cover record of the Irving Berlin co position, "Puttin' on the Ritz" in Germany, which made him famous early the next year (United States Billboard chart number 4).
Taco's first language is English, and he has almost always performed in English. He also speaks German, having recorded some songs ("Träume brauchen Zeit," "Blauer Vogel, steig!" among others) for German Eurovision in 1981. He also speaks Dutch and French.
A follow-up album, Let's Face The Music, was recorded in 1984 for RCA, but it failed to recreate Taco's initial success, and he vanished from the American market immediately thereafter.
He currently resides in Germany, occasionally performing in Berlin and recording. Taco also appears in theater, mainly in the musical genre.
On March 11, 2011 RTL Germany broadcast The Ultimate Chartshow - the most successful Evergreens of all time, where he appeared with "Puttin' On The Ritz".