Never mind the balladeer, teenie bopper crap at the beginning of this ad (this is a rock ‘n’ roll blog and there are some things I just won’t touch…sorry). Here’s an appearance by The Champs on February 27, 1960 at the Elms Ballroom. The Champs rose to fame on the wings of the B-side smash “Tequila” which reached No. 1 on the pop and R&B charts in 1958. It was their only hit, but it managed to become key components of soundtracks in movies such as Pee-Wee’s Big Adventure and The Sandlot much later on.
WHAT THE PERFORMANCE SOUNDED LIKE: Here’s a clip of the band performing their hit sometime during that era: