Full Name: Daniel Flores

Description: Saxophonist, USA

Known For: Member of – “The Champs” – Hit song “Tequila!” written and sung by Flores but credited as Chuck Rio.

Instruments: Saxophone

Music Styles: Rock, Latin

Location: United States of America

Date Born: 11th July 1929
Location Born: Huntington Beach, California, United States of America

Date Died: 19th September 2006
Location Died: Huntington Beach, California, United States of America
Cause Of Death: He died of complications from pneumonia

Memorial: Flores, who lived in Westminster, died Tuesday at Huntington Beach Hospital, said a hospital spokesperson.

Web Site:  The Champs at AllMusic

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Danny Flores

An American saxophonist and songwriter.

Daniel Flores (akas: Danny Flores; Chuck Rio) (July 11, 1929 – September 19, 2006) was the saxophone player on his self-written song, “Tequila”, an American Billboard number one hit in 1958 for The Champs and the first rock and roll song to win a Grammy in 1959.

Flores was born to Mexican field workers in Santa Paula, California. He died of pneumonia in Huntington Beach, California.

“Tequila” was written and played by Flores, although he was credited as Chuck Rio at the time because he was under contract to another record label. Flores, who died in September 2006, was known as the “Godfather of Latino rock.” Flores’ “dirty sax” and his joyous hollering of “Tequila!” are the hallmarks of the song. Flores signed away the U.S. rights to the song but retained worldwide rights until his death.