The Champs

The Champs

The Champs

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Tequila
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Train to Nowhere
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Tequilla
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Hokey Pokey
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Limbo Rock

Albums

  • Anthology: The Definitive Collection

    Sep 2020 • 47 songs

  • Snapshot: The Champs

    Oct 2014 • 10 songs

  • The Champs

    Mar 2013 • 18 songs

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The Champs

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An instrumental quintet formed in Los Angeles in 1957, the Champs comprised Challenge Records executive Dave Burgess (born Lancaster, CA) (guitar) and session players Buddy Bruce (guitar), Chuck Rio (born Daniel Flores, Rankin, TX) (saxophone), Cliff Hills (bass), and Gene Alden (born Cisco, TX) (drums). This lineup recorded Rio's "Tequila" as a B-side to Burgess' "Train to Nowhere." "Tequila" topped the charts in 1958. The Champs essentially were a one-hit wonder, though they recorded a few more singles in the same Latin dance style and kept going until the mid-'60s. The grou...
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