- Tequila (song)
Name = Tequila
from Album =
Released = 1958
Recorded = December 1957-January 1958
Genre = Surf/
Label = Challenge
Chart position = #1
Last single =
This single = Tequila
Next single = "Tequila" is a
1958surf instrumentalby the band The Champs. The title of the song constitutes the entire lyrics, and is spoken three times during the song. "Tequila" became a number-one hit at the time of its release and remains popular amongst fans of the golden age of rock and roll, but the band was a one-hit wonder.
"Tequila" has been heavily referenced in American popular culture, and was notably featured in the
1985film " Pee-wee's Big Adventure".
Gene Autry's record label, Challenge Records, signed Dave Burgess (born 1934), a rockabilly singer-songwriterfrom Californiawho often recorded under the name "Dave Dupree." At the end of 1957, having produced no hits, Challenge Recordslooked to Burgess, who organized a recording session on December 23in Hollywood. In the studio that day were Burgess on rhythm guitar, Cliff Hills on bass guitar, the Flores Trio ( Danny Floreson saxophoneand keyboards, Gene Alden on drums, and lead guitarist Buddy Bruce),cite web | title=The Champs (1958-1965) | author=Tony Bentivegna| url=http://www.sealsandcrofts.com/champs.html | accessdate=August 21 | accessyear=2006] and Huelyn Duvall contributing backing vocals.cite web | title=Memories of the Tequila Recording Session | author=Huelyn Duvall| url=http://www.huelynduvall.com/champs.htm | accessdate=August 21 | accessyear=2006] They gathered primarily to record "Train to Nowhere," a song by Burgess, as well as "Night Beat" and "All Night Rock."
The last song recorded was "Tequila," essentially just a jam by the Flores Trio. There were three takes, and Daniel Flores (d
September 19, 2006) was the man who actually spoke the word "Tequila!" The song served as the B-side for "Train to Nowhere," which was released by Challenge Recordson January 15, 1958. Duvall recalls that the record initially found little success, but, after a DJin Cleveland played the B-side, "Tequila" skyrocketed up the charts, reaching #1 on the Billboard chart on March 28, 1958.
Daniel Flores had written "Tequila," but, because he was signed to another label, the song was credited to "Chuck Rio," a name he adopted for the stage. Those present for the
December 23session began recording together again on January 20, 1958, under the name The Champs; the group technically formed "after" recording its most famous song. The song has been noted to have the same sound and structure of Bo Diddley's 1958 release "Dearest Darling".
Eddie Platttook the song to #20 in the U.S. in 1958.
* The song also appears one of
Wes Montgomery's albums. In late 1960s Joe LossOrchestra, British light music band, recorded their danceable version, available today on a Latin jazz compilation album"The Best Latin Jazz Album in the World... Ever!".
Jazzguitarist Larry Carltonrecorded a version of the song on his 1983album "Friends".
Tony Levinand his band released a version of the song on his 2002 album" Pieces of the Sun", though this version bears next to no resemblance to the original, aside from a quiet utterance of the title three times during the course of the song.
* An instrumental segment of the song also appears in the song "
What Happened?" by California Punk/Ska band, Sublime. The song is about the morning after a party and the word " Tequila" is replaced with "What happened?".
* Industrial Metal band
Klutæreleased a reworking entitled "Tequila Slammer" on their 1995 EP Excepted, using samples of the original lyrics and horns layered with drum machines and heavy guitar.
"Tequila" in pop culture
1985film " Pee-wee's Big Adventure" featured a scene in which Pee-wee Hermanknocks over a row of motorcycles, then proceeds to win over the angered bikers by selecting "Tequila" from the jukeboxand comically dancing to it. The "Pee-wee dance" has since been closely linked with the song in popular culture. This usage of the song was further referenced in rapper Joeski Love's track "Pee Wee's Dance", which also utilized the song's melody.
The song also appears in the television shows "
Happy Days", "Spider-Man", and the films " The Sandlot", " Cheech and Chong's Next Movie", "Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles" (where the Turtles substitute the call-out " Ninjitsu!" for the original "Tequila!"), " Night at the Museum", " Spongebob Square Pants", and the video game " Samba de Amigo".
"Tequila" has also been used in advertisements for
TGI Friday'sand in a Papa John'scommercial for the "Fajitas Pizza", with the call-out altered to 'Fajita'. In Australia in 2005, the song was similarly altered to advertise Toshibatelevisions.
Stand-up comedian Pablo Francisco has imitated the song in his comedy routine, using it as an extremely inappropriate song to play during sex. [ [http://youtube.com/watch?v=Uuw0SEHCkfs YouTube video clip of Pablo Francisco's comedy routine: 0:38 to 1:00] ]
In the "
Drawn Together" episode " Freaks & Greeks", a cutaway gag shows Ling-Ling's father Jun-Jee attempting to sing the song on stage in a karaokebar. The joke is that the song's lyrics consist of only one word, and so it is unlikely that the song would be performed in a karaokebar.
Matt Crossperformed the Pee-Wee dance as well during Pro Wrestling Guerilla's event "The Battle of Los Angeles" after performing a top rope plancha to 2 other wrestlers. [ [http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oU7h16TKYYc YouTube video clip of the dance: 3:20 to 3:37] ]
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