Tuesday, April 22, 2008

The Champs - 3/4 Mash - Mr. Cool






Ok, I’m feeling much better today after getting out some angst with my last post so I’m going to switch up again and serve some wild & cool instrumental rockers for you today by “The Champs”.

An instrumental quintet formed in Los Angeles in 1957, the Champs comprised Challenge Records executive Dave Burgess (born Lancaster, CA) (guitar) and session players Buddy Bruce (guitar), Chuck Rio (born Daniel Flores, Rankin, TX) (saxophone), Cliff Hills (bass), and Gene Alden (born Cisco, TX) (drums). This lineup recorded Rio's "Tequila" as a B-side to Burgess' "Train to Nowhere." "Tequila" topped the charts in 1958. The Champs essentially were a one-hit wonder, though they recorded a few more singles in the same Latin dance style and kept going until the mid-'60s. The group's lineup was fluid, and later members included Glen Campbell as well as Jimmy Seals and Dash Crofts, who formed the successful '70s duo Seals and Crofts.

While they may have had or been a one “hit” wonder I think you can agree that these tunes are pretty damned cool none the less!!!!!!!!!!

The Champs - 3/4 Mash

The Champs - Mr. Cool

4 comments:

Brian Marshall said...

"3/4 Mash" is one of my all-time faves, a great, smokin' groover, even if it is in 3/4 time. It's also got a real sleazy feel to it that I dig. You might also check out "Panic Button," another great side by The Champs if you can find it.

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Todd Lucas said...

Yet another good Champs 45 is "Shades".

Marcello in Brooklyn said...

Until 6 minutes ago (I type poorly), I had never heard of these cats. 3/4 Mash is hypnotic. Avant. Just great. Nice and odd in all respects. You've got great crate. Thanks for the share.