«Ma Baker» is the title of a song by German euro disco band Boney M. It was the first single of their second album Love for Sale and their third consecutive chart-topper in Germany and their best yet placing in the UK, peaking at #2 (only surpassed by Donna Summer‘s «I Feel Love«) although only a minor single in the US (#96).

Frank Farian’s assistant Hans-Jörg Mayer (aka Reyam) had discovered a popular Tunisian folkloric song, «Sidi Mansour» while on holiday, and rewrote the song into a disco track.

The lyrics by Fred Jay were inspired by the story of legendary 1930s outlaw Ma Barker, although the name was changed into «Ma Baker» because «it sounded better».

With a structure similar to Boney M.’s breakthrough single «Daddy Cool» with the same gimmick percussion, alternating answer-back vocals, a spoken mid-part, the song also opened with a snarling «Freeze, I’m Ma Baker, put your hands in the air! Gimme all your money».

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