The Champs were a rock and roll band, most famous for their Latin-tinged instrumental "Tequila." Formed by studio executives at Gene Autry's Challenge Records [1] to record a B-Side for the Dave Burgess (aka Dave Dupree) single, the intended throwaway track became more famous than its A-Side, "Train to Nowhere". "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.[2] The song was recorded at Gold Star Studios in 1958, and in 1959 won the Grammy Award for Best Rhythm & Blues Recording.

There are many cover versions of the tune, for example by rappers A.L.T. and XL Singleton. The Champs also had success with instrumentals such as a cover of Chubby Checker's "Limbo Rock" and the famous "La Cucaracha". In 1985 it featured prominently in the movie "Pee Wee's Big Adventure", that inspired a 1985 Hip-Hop hit for rapper Joeski Love based on Tequila's melody.

The Champs also recorded a sequel to Tequila entitled Too Much Tequila.

They're mentioned in Thomas Pynchon's 2009 novel Inherent Vice (pg. 125).

Band members

* Chuck Rio - saxophone, vocals (born Danny Flores, Jul 11, 1929, Santa Paula, California, died Sep 19, 2006, Huntington Beach, California)
* Dave Burgess - guitar (born Lancaster, California)
* Dale Norris - guitar, keyboards (born Springfield, Massachusetts)
* Bobby Morris - bass (born Tulsa, Oklahoma)
* Dean McDaniel - bass (born Jun 28, 1943,...

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