Mayte and María met each other while working at the Ballet of TVE directed by Alberto Portillo. It was 1976. María Mendiola, then the ballet´s first dancer had the idea to form a duo following the success of the popular Kessler Sisters. María told her idea to Mayte and she accepted.
By the beginning of 1977 they were released as Baccara, which is a variety of rose. Their first song, “Yes sir I can Boogie” became a huge success, entering the Guinness book of records as the first Spanish artists to make it to number one in the UK. Only Julio Iglesias would later on repeat this feat.
The duo went to number one in countries like Germany, UK, France, Sweden, Russia, and even Japan. Their second single “Sorry I am a Lady” made them even more popular. Then other hits arrived such as “The devil sent you to Laredo” or “Ay ay sailor” officially making them the “Queens of disco”.