Musician who shouted 'tequila!'

posted 2006-09-26 12:33:51 by stevemay



LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Danny Flores, who played the saxophone and shouted the word "tequila!" in the 1950s hit song "Tequila!", has died.

Mr. Flores, 77, who lived in Westminster, Calif., died on Sept. 19 at Huntington Beach Hospital, said hospital spokeswoman Kathleen Curran. He died of complications from pneumonia, the Long Beach Press-Telegram reported.



In 1957, Mr. Flores was in a group that recorded some work with rockabilly singer Dave Burgess. One of the songs was based on a nameless riff Mr. 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. Mr. 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.




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