Chanteur et saxophoniste Rock 'n' Roll US né Daniel Flores le 11 Juillet 1929 à Santa Paula (Californie). Danny Flores ou Chuck Rio a enregistré chez RPM et Challenge Records. Sous le nom de Chuck Rio, il fut le saxophoniste des Champs. Il est décédé le 19 Septembre 2006 à Huntington Beach (Californie).

An interesting minor figure in the development of West Coast rock'n'roll and a pioneer in the entry of Chicanos into rock music, Chuck Rio was the man behind the raunchy sax breaks on the Champs' #1 instrumental in 1958, "Tequila." Born Danny Flores, Rio was a versatile sax player with a honking tone who made his first record in 1953. Rio/Flores bounced around for a few years and made some unsuccessful recordings before ending up in the Champs. "Tequila," based on a riff by Rio, was originally a throwaway B-side; as would sometimes happen in those days, it became the plug side when it started picking up radio play. With its Latin-flavored rhythms, wailing sax breaks, and occasional utterances (by Rio) of the title, it topped the charts, but Rio didn't stay in the group too long, although he did play on some "Tequila" soundalikes such as "El Rancho Rock" and "El Rancho Rock."
Rio continued to record in the late 1950s and 1960s, usually sticking to generic sax-dominated rock instrumentals with a Latin feel, and never remotely coming close to the success of "Tequila." In 1963 he teamed up with the Persuaders to make an album, Surfer's Nightmare, which linked his instrumental music with the surf craze without changing it much except to make guitars more prominent. A compilation of Rio and Rio-related sides, including solo material, Champs cuts, and the Persuaders album, was issued by Ace in 1998.

Talents : Vocals, Saxophone, Songwriter

Style musical : Rock 'n' Roll, Surf, Latin, Classical, Instrumental Rock

DENISE (1958) (Chuck "Tequila" Rio)

BAD BOY (1958) (Chuck "Tequila" Rio)

Ramblin' Thru Dixie (1960) (Chuck Rio)

Years in activity :

1910 20 30 40 50 60 70 80 90 2000 10 20



1957 SP RPM 491 (US) Danny FLORES - No Matter What You Do / Trying To Forget
1958 SP CHALLENGE 59019 (US) Chuck "Tequila" RIO - Denise / Bad Boy
1960 SP CHALLENGE 59073 (US) Chuck RIO - Ramblin' Thru Dixie (instr.) / Akiko (Instr.)
19?? SP HOLLYWOOD INTERNATIONAL 106  (CAN) Almost (Les TASHER) / Little Miss One (Danny FLORES)
19?? SP HOLLYWOOD INTERNATIONAL HO 108  (CAN) Les TASHER with Chuck RIO - Almost / 7 1/2 Minutes Intermission


1998 CD ACE 688 (UK) THE TEQUILA MAN - Margarita / Midnighter (CHAMPS) / Surfin' Blues (PERSUADERS) / Denise / Tequila (CHAMPS) / El Rancho Rock (CHAMPS) / Bruce (Danny FLORES & The FANS) / Antonillo / C'Est La Vie (ORIGINALS) / The Whip (ORIGINALS) / TNT (CHAMPS) / Mama Inez / Wildman (CONTENDERS) / Persuasion (Let's Go Surfin') (PERSUADERS) / Taking Off On A Wall (PERSUADERS) / Hanging Ten (CRESHENDOES & PERSUADERS) / Surfer Strip (CRESHENDOES & PERSUADERS) / Surfer's Lullaby (PERSUADERS) / Gremmie Bread (PERSUADERS) / Kreshendo Stomp (Kahuna Stomp) (CRESHENDOES & PERSUADERS) / Toes On The Nose (PERSUADERS) / Caught In The Soup (PERSUADERS) / Surfer's Nightmare (PERSUADERS) / The Raid (PERSUADERS) / Don't Go Baby (Danny RAY) / Crazy Street (Danny FLORES) / You Are My Sunshine (Danny FLORES) / Bad Boy / Call Me Baby / Worried, Restless And Sad (Danny FLORES)

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