Composer: Chuck Rio

Tequila was performed by Ratdog, usually as part of a medley with Silvio, between 2005 and 2014. Tequila was played by Nicky Hopkins during at least one Jerry Garcia Band show in 1975.

Tequila was written by Danny Flores who, because of contractual issues, used a stage name he sometime used, Chuck Rio, for the writing credits. The instrumental was first recorded at the end of 1957 by the Flores Trio during a Dave Burgess recording session. The group had become The Champs by the time the recording was released in early 1958. This recording topped the pop and R&B charts in 1958

Tequila became a dance craze and was recorded by many dance orchestra and other groups in the late 1950's and by many groups in many genres in later years. The Champs made the most of the Tequila craze by subsequently releasing Too Much Tequila, Tequila Twist, Tequila '76 and probably others.

The Champs

The Champs recording of the song has been included on many compilations. Only a selection of these is given below.

no info Single (Tequila / Train to Nowhere), The Champs, 1958
no info Go, Champs, Go!, The Champs, 1958
no info EP (Tequila / I'll Be There / Train To Nowhere / Lollipop), The Champs, 1958
info Frat Rock, Vol. 2, Various Artists, 1991
no info The Best Of, The Champs, 1977
no info Tequila (comp), The Champs, 1987
no info Go, Champs, Go! / Everybody's Rockin', The Champs, 1993
info Music from The Wonder Years, Various Artists, 1994
no info The Early Singles, The Champs, 1993
no info The Challenge Album Colelction, The Champs, 1997
info Frat Rock! Box, Various Artists, 1998
no info The Very Best Of: Tequila, The Champs, 1998
info Best Latino Carnival Album in the World Ever, Various Artists, 1999
no info Loud, Fast & Out of Control: The Wild Sounds of the '50s, Various Artists, 1999
info Latin Oldies Trilogy, Various Artists, 1999
info Americas Top Ten Through The Years: Box Set, Various Artists, 2000
info The Official American Bandstand Library of Rock & Roll, Various Artists, 2000
no info The EP Collection . Plus, The Champs, 2001
info Jukebox Hits of the '50s, Various Artists, 2002
info 40 Years Of Jukebox Hits, Various Artists, 2002
info Red, White & Rock, Various Artists, 2002
info History of Rock, Vols 1 to 10, Various Artists, 2003

Other recordings

The song has been recorded many times. Only a brief selection of recordings is given below.

no info Single (Tequila / Popcorn), Eddie Platt And His Orchestra, 1958
no info Single (Tequila / Cuban Mumble), Stan Kenton And His Orchestra, 1958
no info EP (Swingin' Shepherd Blues / Raunchy / Tequila / Little Serenade), Ted Heath And His Music, 1958
no info EP (Tequila / Pop Corn / Night Train Stroll / College Man), Ralph Marterie And His Orchestra, 1958
no info Single (Tequila / Junior Hand Jive), Don Lang And His Frantic Five, 1958
no info The Ventures Play Telstar, The Lonely Bull and Others, Ventures, 1962
no info Single (Tequila / Raunchy), The Marty Cooper Clan, 1963
no info Single (Tequila / Raunchy), Bill Black's Combo, 1966
no info Tequila, Wes Montgomery, 1966
no info The Melody Lingers On, Dizz Gillespie, 1966
no info Single (Flowers On The Wall / Tequila), Chet Baker And The Mariachi Brass, 1966
info A Taste of Tequila, The Mariachi Brass featuring Chet Baker, 1966
no info Sax-Sational, Boots Randolph, 1967
no info Latin La Loss, Joe Loss And His Orchestra, 1968
no info Single (Tequila / We The People), Allen Toussaint, 1969
no info Single (Tequila / Hot Butter), Hot Butter, 1972
no info Friends, Larry Carlton, 1983
info A Taste of Tequila / Hats Off, The Mariachi Brass featuring Chet Baker, 2006
info What Is Success: The Scepter & Bell Recordings, Allen Toussaint, 2007
no info Guitar Man, George Benson, 2011

Ratdog concert recordings

info Chicago IL, April 2005, 1, Ratdog, 2005
info Verona NY, April 7, 2005
info Boston MA, April 23, 2005
info Philadelphia, PA, April 30, 2005
info Terra Alta, WV, August 6, 2005
info Mariaville, NY, August 12, 2005
info Buffalo, NY, October 29, 2005
info Jim Thorpe, PA, November 10, 2005
info St. Petersburg, FL, November 18, 2005
info Denver, CO, December 2, 2005
info Seattle, WA, December 17, 2005
info Myrtle Beach, SC, March 17, 2006
info Philadelphia, PA, March 25, 2006
info Phoenix, AZ, June 28, 2006
info Canandaigua, NY, July 10, 2006
info Mansfield, MA, July 15, 2006
info Ridgefield, CT, August 21, 2006
info Baltimore, MD, August 26, 2006
info Uncasville CT, November 9, 2006
info Orlando FL, November 16, 2006
info San Francisco CA, February 14, 2007
info Greensburg PA, March 4, 2007
info Springfield MA, March 15, 2007
info Boston MA, July 10, 2007
info Bristow VA, August 14, 2007
info Hampton Beach NH, October 26, 2007
info Charlotte, NC, November 8, 2007
info Cleveland, OH, March 26, 2008
info Salt Lake City, UT, June 24, 2008
info Westbury, NY, October 31, 2008
info Newark, NJ, November 12, 2008
info Greensboro, NC, November 16, 2008
info Boca Raton, FL, November 22, 2008
info Negril, Jamaica, January 31, 2009
info St. Augustine, FL, July 19, 2009
info Bridgeport, CT, July 25, 2009
info Spokane, WA, August 25, 2009

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