The Champs

The Champs were an American rock and roll band, most famous for their Latin-tinged instrumentalTequila“. The group was loosely formed by studio executives at the time for the sole purpose to record a B-side for the Dave Burgess (aka Dave Dupree) single “Train to Nowhere”. Disappointed by the lackluster A side, local Disc jockeys flipped the 45 over, and played “Tequila” instead, making the song one of the biggest hits of the ’50s. What was thought to be an intended throwaway track became more famous than its original A-side, as “Tequila” (Side B) went to No. 1 in just three weeks. The band became the first group to go to the top spot with an instrumental that was their first release. It sold over one million copies, and was awarded agold disc by the Recording Industry Association of America.