Chuck Rio

The Tequila Man

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Thirty-track assortment of sides in which Rio played a part between the mid-1950s and mid-1960s. It's a hodgepodge of a few Champs cuts (including "Tequila"), the entire Surfer's Nightmare recording by the Persuaders, issued and unissued material credited to Chuck Rio, issued and unissued cuts credited to Danny Flores, and even one ascribed to "Danny Boy." Rio was a fine saxophone player, and deserves some credit for helping spread Latin influences into rock. However, he didn't come up with the kind of material that can sustain interest over the course of a lengthy compilation such as this. Aside from "Tequila," the better tracks are "Margarita" and the Champs' "Midnighter" and "El Rancho Rock," but even these are obviously derived from the "Tequila" approach. He takes vocal on a few songs, which are likewise standard gritty '50s rock & roll, with the exception of the odd 1956 hillbilly country outing "Worried, Restless and Sad."

Track Listing

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time
1
2
feat: The Champs
3
4
5
feat: The Champs
6
feat: The Champs
7
feat: Fans / Danny Flores
8
9
10
11
feat: The Champs
12
13
feat: Contenders
14
15
16
17
18
19
20
21
22
23
24
25
feat: Danny Ray
26
feat: Danny Flores
27
feat: Danny Flores
28
29
30
feat: Danny Flores
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