Taco Ockerse was born in Jakarta, Indonesia, on 21 July 1955.
He spent many of his childhood years moving around the world, residing in the Netherlands, the United States, Singapore, Luxembourg, Belgium, and Germany.
Taco attended the International School of Brussels, Belgium, and graduated in 1973. Afterward, he studied interior decoration and finished acting school in Hamburg.
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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 Theatre, and roles as an ensemble member of the Thalia Theatre 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.
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In 1981, Taco signed his first record contract with Polydor in West Germany for two record releases, whereon he released his first single, “Puttin’ On the Ritz”, which in 1982 was issued by RCA Records for US release. His version of the song also had pieces of other Irving Berlin songs, such as “White Christmas”.
The single was widely played throughout the US by late summer of 1983 eventually peaking at No. 4 in September 1983 on the Hot 100 as well as No. 1 on Cashbox. Although the single eventually earned him a Gold-certification for selling over one million copies, it was Taco’s only Top 40 hit in the US.
In 1983 and 1984, he toured extensively throughout Europe. While the single “Puttin’ on the Ritz” topped the charts in Sweden and New Zealand, it entered the Top 5 in numerous countries including Norway, Austria, and Canada. His subsequent album, After Eight, was released in over 40 countries and managed to reach No. 4 in Norway, No. 5 in Canada, No. 11 in Austria, No. 17 in New Zealand, No. 23 in the United States, and No. 59 in Germany.
The album earned Taco a number of Gold certifications including one in Finland for selling over 25,000 copies.
They’re both crazy. You should be paying attention to the Ghislane Maxwell trial.
Oh, and Jeffrey Epstein still didn’t kill himself.
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