Man Who Sang 1950s 'Tequila!' Dies - KLTV.com - Tyler, Longview, Jacksonville |ETX News

9/22/06-Huntington Beach, CA

Man Who Sang 1950s 'Tequila!' Dies

Danny Flores, who played the saxophone and shouted the word "tequila!" in the 1950s hit song "Tequila!", has died. He was 77.

Flores, who lived in Westminster, died Tuesday at Huntington Beach Hospital, said hospital spokeswoman Kathleen Curran. He died of complications from pneumonia, the Long Beach Press-Telegram reported.

The man sometimes called the "godfather of Latin rock" was born in Santa Paula but grew up in Long Beach. By age 5 he was playing guitar in church and at 14 he was a member of a trio that performed Mexican music.

In 1957, Flores was in a group that recorded some work with rockabilly singer Dave Burgess. One of the songs was based on a nameless riff Flores had written. He played the "dirty" saxophone part and repeatedly growled the single-word lyric: "Tequila!"

The next year it appeared as the B-side of a single, credited to the Champs. Flores used the name Chuck Rio because he was under contract to a different record label.

"Tequila!" went to No. 1 on the Billboard chart and won a Grammy in 1959 for best rhythm and blues performance. Flores continued to play it for the next 40 years.

"I can honestly tell you he never got tired of playing that song," said his wife, Sharee.

The song has been used in numerous commercials and TV shows. It became popular with a new generation after it was used in the 1985 movie "Pee Wee's Big Adventure."

"After that, we got shows all over the U.S.," said Mrs. Flores, who sang in the shows. "All these younger people who hadn't heard it were suddenly in love with the song. Danny was just so proud of it."

Besides his wife, Flores is survived by seven children from previous marriages and 15 grandchildren.

Source: AP

  • NewsMore>>

  • Shelter cares for pregnant homeless people

    Shelter cares for pregnant homeless people

    Sunday, December 17 2017 11:48 PM EST2017-12-18 04:48:40 GMT
    One East Texas shelter has seen a unique need for one area of the homeless- expecting mothers. Longview's 'House of Hope' women’s shelter is trying to meet an unusual challenge. For over a decade the shelter has been a haven for homeless or abused women to take sanctuary, and beloved during the holiday season."When we come here we go to another place that is kind of home, go to another place of family, and it makes a really big difference in the lives of the ladies that a...More >>
    One East Texas shelter has seen a unique need for one area of the homeless- expecting mothers. Longview's 'House of Hope' women’s shelter is trying to meet an unusual challenge. For over a decade the shelter has been a haven for homeless or abused women to take sanctuary, and beloved during the holiday season."When we come here we go to another place that is kind of home, go to another place of family, and it makes a really big difference in the lives of the ladies that a...More >>
  • East Texas well represented in UIL State Football Championships

    East Texas well represented in UIL State Football Championships

    Sunday, December 17 2017 10:40 PM EST2017-12-18 03:40:00 GMT

    The UIL Football Championships will showcase some of the best football there is at the high school level. 24 teams will play over 4 days to claim state championships in 12 divisions through six classifications.

    More >>

    The UIL Football Championships will showcase some of the best football there is at the high school level. 24 teams will play over 4 days to claim state championships in 12 divisions through six classifications.

    More >>
  • Morris brings Arkansas recruiting trail to East Texas

    Morris brings Arkansas recruiting trail to East Texas

    Sunday, December 17 2017 10:01 PM EST2017-12-18 03:01:05 GMT

    It did not take long for East Texas to become a target for Arkansas Football under the new leadership of Edgewood's Chad Morris.

    More >>

    It did not take long for East Texas to become a target for Arkansas Football under the new leadership of Edgewood's Chad Morris.

    More >>
Powered by Frankly