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The Champs • Tequila

The Champs fue un conjunto musical estadounidense de rock and roll del estado de California, de fines de los años 1950s y principios de 1960s. Famosos por la melodía instrumental con toque latino "Tequila". El grupo tomó su nombre del caballo de Gene Autry, Champion y fue formado por músicos de estudio del sello discográfico de Gene Autry, Challenger Records, siendo grabado como un sencillo en el lado B por Dave Burgess (Dave Dupree), de "Train Nowhere". Esta grabación fue más famosa que el lado A y "Tequila" llegó al numero uno en solo tres semanas y la banda fue el primer grupo en llegar al tope de las listas con una canción instrumental que fue su primer lanzamiento. La canción fue grabada en Gold Star Studios en el otoño de 1957 y en 1959 ganó el premio Grammy como mejor presentación en R&B. Se vendieron un millón de copias y fue certificado como disco de oro por la RIAA.


The Champs were an American rock and roll band, most famous for their Latin-tinged instrumental "Tequila". The group took their name from the name of Gene Autry's horse, Champion, and was formed by studio executives at Gene Autry's Challenge Records to record a B-side for the Dave Burgess (a.k.a. Dave Dupree) single, "Train to Nowhere". The intended throwaway track became more famous than its A-side, as "Tequila" went to No. 1 in just three weeks and the band became the first group to go to the top spot with an instrumental that was their first release. The song was recorded at Gold Star Studios in fall 1957, and in 1959 won the Grammy Award for Best R&B Performance. It sold over one million copies, and was awarded a gold disc by the RIAA.
"Tequila!" was written by the saxophone player Danny Flores, although he was credited as Chuck Rio because he was under contract to another record label at the time. Flores, who died in September 2006, was known as the "Godfather of Latino rock." Flores' "dirty sax" and his low-voiced "Tequila!" are the hallmarks of the song. Flores signed away the U.S. rights to the song but retained worldwide rights until his death.
There are many cover versions of the tune, including a jazz version by guitarist Wes Montgomery in 1966. It has also been recorded by rappers A.L.T. and XL Singleton. The Champs also had success with instrumentals such as "Limbo Rock" and "El Rancho Rock". In 1985 "Tequila" featured prominently in the film Pee Wee's Big Adventure.
The Champs also recorded a sequel to Tequila entitled "Too Much Tequila".

1 - Tequila
2 - Train To Nowhere
3 - Sombrero
4 - Sky High
5 - Experiment In Terror
6 - La Cucaracha
7 - The Shoddy Shoddy
8 - Jumping Bean
9 - Too Much Tequila
10 - Turnpike
11 - The Caterpillar
12 - Beatnik
13 - El Rancho Rock
14 - Midnighter
15 - Chariot Rock
16 - Bandito
17 - Limbo Rock
18 - Subway
19 - Red Eye
20 - Gone Train
21 - What's Up Buttercup
22 - Caramba

Label: Ace ‎– CDCH 227
Released: 1992
Genre: Rock
Style: Rock & Roll

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