Saxophoniste et chanteur Rhythm 'n' Blues US né le 17 Avril 1924 ŕ Gary (Indiana). Chuck Higgins est décédé le 14 Septembre 1999.

Saxophonist Chuck Higgins earned R&B fame for his composition "Pachuko Hop," which remains a perennial favorite among Latino fans, but didn't gain enough general R&B acclaim to chart in the early '50s. Higgins also played trombone and trumpet. He moved from his native Gary to Los Angeles in 1940 as a teen. Higgins played trumpet in his high-school band and later attended the Los Angeles Conservatory. While there, Higgins started a band with pianist Frank Dunn and saxophonist Johnny Parker, among others. Higgins later became the band's saxophonist and wrote "Pachuko Hop." Its furious pace, roaring sax solo, and raw sound, plus the inclusion of the term "Pachuko," which was slang for a Mexican-American dressed in baggy pants with a key chain, made the song a '50s anthem for area Latinos. The B-side, "Motorhead Baby," was later the inspiration for Frank Zappa sideman James "Motorhead" Sherwood and the heavy metal band Motörhead. Higgins played dates in Los Angeles with everyone from Charlie Parker to The Orioles, and his band at one point included Johnny "Guitar" Watson. Although none of Higgins' many singles for Aladdin, Caddy, Lucky, Specialty, or Dootone ever earned national acclaim, he was an extremely popular regional attraction through the '50s and into the early '60s, when he retired from performing to become a music teacher at local high schools and a college. A comeback faltered in the mid-'70s, when Higgins tried to update his sound by going disco. He returned to honking R&B in the late '70s and toured England in the mid-'80s, while performing once again in Los Angeles clubs.

Talents : Sax, Singer

Style musical : Rock 'n' Roll, Rhyhthm 'n' Blues

PACHUKO HOP (1952)

BIG FAT MAMA (1952)

COME ON AND BLOW YOUR HORN (1955)

WET BACK HOP (1955)

TOO SMART (1959)

Years in activity :

1910 20 30 40 50 60 70 80 90 2000

DISCOGRAPHY

78 t., Singles & EP

1952 78 t. COMBO 12 (US) . Chuck HIGGINS & His MELLOTONES - Pachuko Hop / Motor Head Baby (Vocals John WATSON)
1952 SP COMBO 45-12 (US) . Chuck HIGGINS & His MELLOTONES - Pachuko Hop / Motor Head Baby (Vocals John WATSON)
1952 78 t. COMBO 13 (US) . Chuck HIGGINS & His MELLOTONES - Love Me, Baby (Vocals Geechie HOWARD) / Ain't Gonna Leave, Baby
1952 SP COMBO 45-13 (US) . Chuck HIGGINS & His MELLOTONES - Love Me, Baby (Vocals Geechie HOWARD) / Ain't Gonna Leave, Baby
1952 78 t. COMBO 14 (US) . Chuck HIGGINS & HIS MELLOTONES, John WATSON, Eli TONEY, Joe URSERY - Cotton Picker (Vocals Geechie HOWARD) / Iron Pipe
1952 SP COMBO 45-14 (US) .

Chuck HIGGINS & HIS MELLOTONES, John WATSON, Eli TONEY, Joe URSERY - Cotton Picker (Vocals Geechie HOWARD) / Iron Pipe

1952 78 t. COMBO 17 (US) . Chuck HIGGINS & His MELLOTONES - Blues 'n' Mambo / Stormy (Vocals John WATSON)
1952 SP COMBO 45-17 (US) . Chuck HIGGINS & His MELLOTONES - Blues 'n' Mambo / Stormy (Vocals John WATSON)
1952 SP COMBO 45-25 (US) . Chuck HIGGINS & His MELLOTONES - Real Gone Hound Dog (Vocals Geechie HOWARD) / Tortas
1952 78 t. COMBO 30 (US) . Chuck HIGGINS & His MELLOTONES - Big Fat Mama (Vocals Geechie HOWARD) / Boyle Heights
1952 SP COMBO 45-30 (US) . Chuck HIGGINS & His MELLOTONES - Big Fat Mama (Vocals Geechie HOWARD) / Boyle Heights
1953 78 t. COMBO 38 (US) .

John WATSON  (with Chuck HIGGINS & His MELLOTONES) - Bug Jump / Just Won't Treat Me Right

1953 SP COMBO 45-38 (US) . John WATSON  (with Chuck HIGGINS & His MELLOTONES) - Bug Jump / Just Won't Treat Me Right
1953 78 t. COMBO 48 (US) . Chuck HIGGINS & His MELLOTONES - West Side / I'm In Love With You (Vocals Ora May GARVIN)
1953 SP COMBO 45-48 (US) . Chuck HIGGINS & His MELLOTONES - West Side / I'm In Love With You (Vocals Ora May GARVIN)
1954 SP SPECIALTY 532 (US) .

Chuck HIGGINS & His JOY BOYS (Vocals by Daddy Cleanhead) - Broke / I'll Be There

1954 SP SPECIALTY 533 (US) .

The HOLIDAYS (feat. Chuck Higgins & his Orch.) - Irene / Aw Aw Baby

1954 SP SPECIALTY 539 (US) .

Chuck HIGGINS & His BAND - One More Time (Vocals Daddy Cleanhead) / Dye Ooh Mambo

1954 SP COMBO 45-67 (US) . Chuck HIGGINS & His MELLOTONES - Blue Sax / Papa Charlie (Vocals Daddy Cleanhead)
1954 SP LUCKY 45-005 (US) . Chuck HIGGINS & His BAND - Greasy Pig (Vocals Frank Dunn) / Candied Yam
1954 SP ALADDIN 3215 (US) .

Chuck HIGGINS & His ORCHESTRA - Yak-A-Dack / Chuck-A-Buck

1954 SP ALADDIN 3224 (US) .

Gene FORREST & The FOUR FEATHERS (with Chuck HIGGINS & his Orch.) - Wiggle / Dubio

1954 SP RECORDED IN HOLLYWOOD 399 (US) .

Chuck HIGGINS With The MELLOMOODS - That Dubonnet Wine (Vocals Carl "Johnny" GREEN") / The Song Of Love (Vocals Chuck HIGGINS)

1955 SP SPECIALTY 541 (US) .

Daddy CLEANHEAD (feat. Chuck HIGGINS, Vocals by Fred HIGGINS) - Something's Goin' On In My Room / Let Me Come Back Home

1955 SP ALADDIN 3283 (US) . Chuck HIGGINS & His BAND - Pancho / Come On And Blow Your Horn
1955 SP COMBO 45-108 (US) . Chuck HIGGINS & His MELLOTONES - Flip Top Box / The Blacksmith Blues (Vocals Johnny Flamingo)
1955 SP R AND B 1314 (US) . Chuck HIGGINS & His BAND - Rock / Chop Chop
1955 SP KICKS 6 (US) .

Chuck HIGGINS BAND, Vocals with band - Shotgun Wedding / Groove

1955 SP DOOTONE 361 (US) . Chuck HIGGINS & His BAND - Here I'm Is / Tonky Hole Onk
1955 SP DOOTONE 370 (US) . Chuck HIGGINS & His BAND - Wet Back Hop  / Don't You Know I Love You (Vocals Frank Dunn)
1955 SP DOOTONE 376 (US) . Chuck HIGGINS & His BAND (Vocals Chuck HIGGINS) - Looking For My Baby / Eyeballin'
1955 EP DOOTONE 208 (US) Rhythm Rock And Roll - Wet Back Hop    / Tonky Honk / The Itch / Looking For My Baby
1956 SP DOOTONE 387 (US) . Chuck HIGGINS & His BAND - Gambling Woman (Vocals Chuck HIGGINS) / The Itch
06/1956 SP DOOTONE 396 (US) . Chuck HIGGINS & His BAND (Vocals Chuck HIGGINS) -  Oh Yeah / I Need Your Love
1956 SP LOMA 706 (US) . Chuck HIGGINS & His BAND - Double Dip / Betwixt And Between
1956 SP MONEY 214-45 (US) .

Chuck HIGGINS Orch. & Chorus - Rock And Roll / Beautiful Love

1957 SP CADDY 105 (US) .

So Long (Johnny Flamingo) / Roller Coaster (Chuck HIGGINS & His ORCHESTRA)

1957 SP CADDY 108 (US) .

Chuck HIGGINS With His ORCHESTRA - Flip-Top Box / The Blacksmith Blues (Vocals Johnny Flamingo)

1958 SP COMBO 140 (US) .

Chuck HIGGINS & BAND - The Rooster (Vocals Johnny "Guitar" Watson) / The Duck Walk

1958 SP COMBO 144 (US) .

Long Long Time (Vocals Frank Dunn) / / Kubeon

195? EP COMBO EP-2 (US)

CHUCK HIGGINS PLAYS ON COMBO RECORDS - Pachuko Hop / Blues n' Mambo / Iron Pipe / Boyle Heights

1960 SP COMBO 170 (US) . Chuck HIGGINS & BAND - Pachuko Hop Twist / Baby Shoes
1960 SP COMBO 174 (US) . Chuck HIGGINS & His BAND - Squiggley Wiggley (Vocalss Chuck Higgins & Pauline) / Pancho Villa
1960 SP COMBO 176 (US) . Chuck HIGGINS & The MELLOTONES -  - Too Smart (Vocalss Chuck Higgins & Pauline) / Jerky Junction
1965 SP OLDIES 45 OL 312 (US) .

Pachuko Hop / Motorhead Baby

1975 SP ROXBURY 2015 (US) . Lovin' On Borrowed Time (stereo) / Lovin' On Borrowed Time (mono)
1979 SP ROLLIN' ROCK 45-011 (US) . Bip Bop Boom / Too Smart
19?? SP GOOD OLD GOLD 312 (US) . Motorhead Baby / Pachuko Hop











Albums

1956 LP 12" COMBO P-300 (US) PACHUKO HOP - Broke / Eye Balling / I'll Be There / Something's Going On In My Room / Let Me Come Back Home / Is It Real? / I Know What You're Talking About / Irene / Aw Aw Baby / Dye-Oooh Mambo / One More Time / Rock & Roll (Oh Yeah)
1959 LP 12" DOOTONE D-223 (US) ROCK 'N' ROLL VERSUS RHYTHM AND BLUES - Wetback Hop (Chuck Higgins) / Tonky Honk (Chuck Higgins) / Fools Are Scarcer (Roy Milton) / I Can't Go On (Roy Milton)/ Oh Yeah (Chuck Higgins) / Don't You Know I Love You (Chuck Higgins) / Reelin' And Rocking (Roy Milton) / Nothing Left (Roy Milton) / The Itch (Chuck Higgins) / Looking For My Baby (Chuck Higgins) / Baby I'm Gone (Roy Milton) / Cry Some Baby (Roy Milton)
1974 LP 12" ROLLIN' ROCK LP 003 (US) Motorhead Chuck - Don't Touch Me / Enjoy Yourself / Piece Piece / Oh, Oh, Baby / California / Pachuko Hop / Motor Head Baby / Prunetang / Blind Man / If I Had My Way / I'm So In Love With You / Big Fat Mama / Flutoogie
1979 LP 12" ROLLIN' ROCK 020 (US) CHUCK HIGGINS IS A... PH. D. (PRETTY HEAVY DUDE) - PH.D / I'm Hooked / Do It / So Cold / Searchin' For Love / Fool Around / First Time / Without Your Love / Take It Out / Chucktion / Forever
1979 LP 12" PHD RECORDS & TAPES LP 08001 (HS)

CHUCK HIGGINS & THE WILD BUNCH - THE WALK - Walk / Broad Daylite / Oh Yeah! / Eternity / Funkyfied / Party At The Disco / You Need Love

1983 LP 12" ACE CH 81 (UK) PACHUKO HOP - Chuck HIGGINS & The MELLOTONES - Pachuko Hop / Motor Head Baby / Blues & Mambo / Long Long Time / Chuck's Fever / Iron Pipe / Big Fat Mama / Real Gone Hound Dog / Boyle Heights / Papa Charlie / The Rooster / The Duck Walk / Stormy / Just Won't Treat Me Rite
1990 LP 12" SAXOPHONOGRAPH BM-130 (SW)

YAK A DAK - Yak A Dak / Shotgun Wedding / Groove / Wiggle (Vocals by Gene Forest & the Four Feathers) / Greasy Pig / Something's Goin' On In My Room / Candied Yam / Kubeon / That Dubonnet Wine / Pachuko Hop / Let Me Come Back Home / West Side / Chop Chop / Rock / Chuck A Buck / Beautiful Love / Double Dip / Baby Shoes

1992 CD ACE CDCHD 394 / SPECIALTY SPCD-2175-2 (UK) PACHUKO HOP - Broke / Eye Balling / Special Tea / I'll Be There / Something's Going On In My Room / Let Me Come Back Home / Is It Real? / I Know What You're Talking About / Irene / Aw Aw Baby / Dye-Oooh Mambo / One More Time / One Chord Instumental / Middle Of The Mambo / Rock & Roll (Oh Yeah) / Come Back Home / Pachuko Hop / Good Luck / Rock / Tonk
05/2006 CD ACE CDCHD 1102 (UK) BLOWS HIS WIG ! - Iron Pipe / Blues 'n' Mambo / Long, Long Time (with Frank DUNN) / Boyle Heights / Blue Sax / Papa Charlie (with Daddy CLEANHEAD) / The Duck Walk / Tortas / Stormy (with John WATSON) / Higgins Bounce / Higgins Blues / Cotton Picker (with Geechie HOWARD) / Motor Head Baby (with John WATSON) / The Rooster / West Side / Ain't Gonna Leave, Baby / I'm in Love with You / Higgins Bounce / Higgins Blues / Love Me, Baby / Just Won't Treat Me Right (with John WATSON) / Chuck's Wig / Real Gone Hound Dog (with Daddy CLEANHEAD) / Big Fat Mama
2007 CD ACE ‎CDHP 024 (UK) PACHUKO HOP - Pachuko Hop / Blues 'n' Mambo / Iron Pipe / Boyle Heights / Blue Sax / Papa Charlie / The Duck Walk / The Rooster / Tortas / Big Fat Mama / Stormy / Just Won't Treat Me Rite

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