The Champs of Tequila

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:

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One thought on “The Champs of Tequila

  1. Willie says:

    Man what a show that must have been . By 1960 the Champs road band may have included Glen Campbell on guitar along with Jimmy Seals and Dash Croft. This clip is from 59 from Dick Clarks Sat night Beech-Nut show.Frankie Ford and Ray Smith teeny bopper stuff? I beg to disagree. I love this website, keep it coming. I grew up in Canton and alot of these shows played the venues like The Baby Grand and Memorial Auditorium.

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