The Champs’s Tequila; When Instrumentals Were Fun!

The Champs: The One Hit Wonder Group With The Allstar Pedigree Over Time, Including Seals & Crofts; Glen Campbell.

I love the Champs’ Tequila (composer: Daniel Flores) on so many levels. It really never gets old and stands for so much fun in pop culture.

Tequila‘s guitar riff is probably second only to Bo Diddley‘s in the musical scheme of things. When you mix a one word vocal, a dirty NO, filthy saxophone solo with a swingin’ B section, you get something that will never die! The tune was essentially a jam used on the “B” side of Dave Burgess’ (Dave DupreeTrain To Nowhere, which was supposed to be the hit.

Let’s go back to 1958 and have a Tequila party…

Personnel as determined: Danny Flores (aka Chuck Rio) sax, keyboards, vocal; Buddy Bruce guitar; Gene Alden drums

We were, of course, THE garageband generation.* We started the whole three chord, bass guitar, rhythm guitar, lead guitar and drum thing. Looking back to the music of those times, things seemed to be less complicated but, our desire to get proficient was insatiable. Those of us who couldn’t keep up with the skill needed for the evolving music, simply dropped off the radar. Me? Well, I just couldn’t get enough! Things haven’t changed!

*When a doctor checks out my ears with his scope, this is a HUGE part of what he sees.


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