Cult party song ‘Macarena’ is celebrating its 20th anniversary. The catchy track first appeared on 1993 album A mi me gusta by Spanish duo Los del Rio, but became a mainstream hit when producers the Bayside Boys remixed it with English lyrics.
It topped charts around the world, including the Billboard Hot 100, where it stayed for 14 weeks. Antonio Romeo Monge and Rafael Ruiz of Los del Rio, who
have been performing together since 1962, are still overwhelmed with the support ‘Macarena’ receives after it became the go-to jam for weddings, sporting events, bar mitzvah and even a Democratic convention, reported Billboard magazine.
At the Democratic National Convention in Chicago, the attendees at the United Center did the Macarena dance together, along with Vice President Al Gore.
It so happened that nearly 50,000 people did the Macarena dance at Yankee Stadium, New York.
“We have no words to thank everyone. We’re just two guys from a small town, doing things very humbly because we come from very humble families, we lost our parents very young, we’ve worked so hard, and to see ourselves here?”
“That girl ‘Macarena’ really was something,” added Rafael.
The story was inspired by a Venezuelan girl Antonio spotted at a private party. Singing a little tune to himself, about the girl he called Madalena, Antonio later changed the name to ‘Macarena’ in honour of his daughter, and the hit was born.
The song has sold over four million units in the US.