Tequila” is a 1958 Latin-flavored rock and roll instrumental recorded by the Champs. It’s based mostly on a Cuban mambo beat. The phrase “Tequila” is spoken thrice all through the tune. “Tequila” grew to become a #1 hit on each the pop and R&B charts on the time of its launch and continues to be strongly referenced in popular culture to today.
In 1957, Gene Autry’s file label, Problem Data, signed Dave Burgess (born 1934), a rockabilly singer-songwriter from California who usually recorded underneath the title “Dave Dupree”. On the finish of 1957, having produced no hits, Problem Data seemed to Burgess, who organized a recording session on December 23 in Hollywood. Within the studio that day had been Burgess on rhythm guitar,
Cliff Hills on bass guitar, the Flores Trio (Danny Flores on saxophone and keyboards, Gene Alden on drums, and lead guitarist Buddy Bruce), and Huelyn Duvall contributing backing vocals. They gathered primarily to file “Practice to Nowhere”, a tune by Burgess, in addition to “Evening Beat” and “All Evening Rock”.
The final tune recorded was “Tequila”, basically only a jam by the Flores Trio. There have been three takes, and Danny Flores, who wrote the tune, was additionally the person who truly spoke the phrase “Tequila!”. Flores additionally performed the trademark “soiled sax” solo. The tune served because the B-side for “Practice to Nowhere”, which was launched by Problem Data on January 15, 1958.
Duvall remembers that the file initially discovered little success, however, after a DJ in Cleveland performed the B-side, “Tequila” skyrocketed up the charts, reaching #1 on the Billboard chart on March 28, 1958.
Daniel Flores had written “Tequila”, however, as a result of he was signed to a different label, the tune was credited to “Chuck Rio”, a reputation he adopted for the stage. These current for the December 23 session started recording collectively once more on January 20, 1958, underneath the title the Champs; the group technically fashioned after recording “Tequila”.
The tune has been famous[by whom?] to have the same rhythm construction to Bo Diddley’s 1958 launch “Dearest Darling”.
Problem Data was based in Los Angeles in 1957 by cowboy singer Gene Autry and former Columbia Data A&R consultant Joe Johnson. Autry’s involvement with the label was brief lived as he bought his curiosity to the remaining companions in October 1958.
The label’s first success got here with instrumental group the Champs, who had their largest hit in 1958 with “Tequila”. Additionally they had a sequence of hits with pop singer Jerry Wallace (“Primrose Lane”) and nation singer Wynn Stewart (“Wishful Considering”).
Different recording artists with the label included Jan and Dean, Gary Usher, the Knickerbockers, and singer-songwriter Jerry Fuller. The primary Problem label was blue with silver print, adopted after the primary half dozen releases by a short-lived gentle blue label with crimson print, then a maroon coloured label with silver print. Lastly round late 1959, the corporate issued their singles on a inexperienced label with silver print.