Song:Macarena (Bayside Boys Remix)
This record is probably the most successful one hit wonders in history. Macarena topped the Billboard Hot 100 for 14 weeks and it was a worldwide dance sensation. Not surprisingly, the success was a complete fluke that came out of nowhere. Los Del Rio have been around in their native Spain since the 60s. The two guys you saw in the video are Antonio Romero Monge and Rafael Ruiz. They are a vocal duo and normally their music is easy listening lounge music. In 1992, Los Del Rio were at a private party in Venezuela. Monge was so impressed with a dancer who performed at the party, he made up a song about her on the spot. That song became Macarena. Los Del Rio recorded it and it was a hit in Spain. It was also popular in Puerto Rico and that's where US tourists heard the song. Miami DJ Jammin Johnny Caride heard Macarena in a club where he worked. And he thought the song could be a hit if it had English lyrics. His radio station Power 96 agreed to finance a remix. Caride called his buddies Mike Triay and Carlos de Yarza of Bayside Records to do the remix. Triay wrote English lyrics sung by Carla Vanessa and of course the beat was reworked to appeal to North American tastes. This version of Macarena known as the Bayside Boys Remix is the version that topped the charts for 14 weeks. You can get it on this budget CD. In 2002, VH1 named it the greatest one hit wonder of all time. The song made Los Del Rio very wealthy. They still perform in their native Spain. The Bayside Boys released an album and toured. But this record was their only hit. Here's the video for Macarena (Bayside Boys Remix) by Los Del Rio featuring Carla Vanessa.