The Champs

Profile:
Dave Burgess was writing songs, recording as an artist, and running the Challenge label for owner Gene Autry. Using studio musicians, he had produced his composition “Train To Nowhere.” With some time left over after a Jerry Wallace session, again using studio musicians, they quickly recorded “Tequila” for a B-side. Of course, that’s the side that became a huge hit, launching the band that they named after Gene Autry’s horse. Over the next 4 years and through many personnel changes, the Champs landed 3 more top 40 hits and 4 additional minor chart 45s.
Original “Tequila” musicians (not yet an actual band with a name):
Dave Burgess (b: 1931 – Beverly Hills, Cal)
Danny Flores (Jul 11, 1929; Santa Paula, Cal – Sep 19, 2006; Westminster, Cal)
Buddy Bruce (1930; Springfield, Miss – Jul 1, 2014 – Tulsa, Okla)
Cliff Hils (b: Nov 15, 1918 – Pittsburgh, Pen)
Gene Alden (b: 1931, Sioux Falls, S Dak)
First touring lineup of the Champs:
Dave Burgess
Danny Flores aka Chuck Rio
Gene Alden
Dale Norris (b: 1934; Maple Grove, Miss)
Joe Burnas (b: Aug 15, 1923, Chicago)
Notable early replacement members:
Bob Morris, Jimmy Seals, Dash Crofts, Dean Beard, Glen Campbell, Jerry Cole, Johnny Meeks, followed by many other later members.
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Albums

CHL 601 The Champs - Go, Champs, Go! album art The Champs Go, Champs, Go! (Album, Comp) Challenge, Challenge, Challenge CHL 601 Canada 1958 Sell This Version
CHL 605 The Champs - Everybody's Rockin' album art The Champs Everybody's Rockin' (Album) Challenge CHL 605 US 1958 Sell This Version
AKS-223 The Champs - Spotlight On The Champs & The Fabulous Cyclones album art The Champs & The Fabulous Cyclones The Champs & The Fabulous Cyclones - Spotlight On The Champs & The Fabulous Cyclones (Comp, Album) Design Records (2), Design Records (2) AKS-223 US 1962 Sell This Version
LP 614 The Champs - All American album art The Champs All American (Album) Challenge LP 614 US 1962 Sell This Version
2513 The Champs - Great Dance Hits album art The Champs Great Dance Hits (Album, Comp) Challenge 2513 US 1962 Sell This Version
ALF-1551 The Champs - On Danse Au Carnaval album art The Champs On Danse Au Carnaval(LP, Mono) Apex Francais ALF-1551 Canada 1963 Sell This Version
WMMC 4659 The Champs Tequila(Cass, Album) Woodford Music WMMC 4659 Italy 1992 Sell This Version
LPX 451 The Champs - The Champs album art The Champs The Champs(LP, Album) London Records LPX 451 Belgium Unknown Sell This Version

Singles & EPs

1018 The Champs - Maybelle / Take This Love album art Dave Burgess With The Champs Dave Burgess With The Champs - Maybelle / Take This Love(7", Single) Challenge 1018 US 1958 Sell This Version
REU 10.008, RE-U 10.008 The Champs - Téquila album art The Champs With Instrumental Accompaniment* Téquila (EP) Disques Decca, London Records REU 10.008, RE-U 10.008 France 1958 Sell This Version
RE.1176 The Champs - Four By The Champs album art The Champs Four By The Champs (EP) London Records RE.1176 UK 1958 Sell This Version
59018 The Champs - Chariot Rock / Subway album art The Champs Chariot Rock / Subway (Single) Challenge 59018 US 1958 Sell This Version
MSC 2632 The Champs - El Rancho Rock  album art The Champs El Rancho Rock (Single) London Records, London American Recordings MSC 2632 UK 1958 Sell This Version
59035 The Champs - Gone Train / Beatnik album art The Champs Gone Train / Beatnik (Single) Challenge 59035 US 1958 Sell This Version
RE-H.1209 The Champs - Another Four By The Champs album art The Champs Another Four By The Champs (EP) London Records RE-H.1209 UK 1958 Sell This Version
59026 The Champs - Rockin' Mary / Turnpike  album art The Champs Rockin' Mary / Turnpike (Single) Challenge 59026 US 1958 Sell This Version
5015 The Champs - Train To Nowhere / Tequila album art The Champs Train To Nowhere / Tequila (Single) Challenge 5015 France 1958 Sell This Version
45-HL 8655 The Champs - El Rancho Rock / Midnighter album art The Champs El Rancho Rock / Midnighter (Single) Challenge 45-HL 8655 Italy 1958 Sell This Version
EP 7101 The Champs - Caramba album art The Champs Caramba(7", EP) Challenge EP 7101 US 1958 Sell This Version
EP - 7100, EP 7100 The Champs - Tequila album art The Champs Tequila(7", EP) Challenge, Challenge EP - 7100, EP 7100 US 1958 Sell This Version
59053 The Champs - Sky High / Double Eagle Rock album art The Champs Sky High / Double Eagle Rock (Single) Challenge 59053 US 1959 Sell This Version
59063 The Champs - Too Much Tequila / Twenty Thousand Leagues album art The Champs Too Much Tequila / Twenty Thousand Leagues (Single) Challenge 59063 US 1959 Sell This Version
REH 1223 The Champs - Still More By The Champs album art The Champs Still More By The Champs (EP) London Records REH 1223 France 1959 Sell This Version
59049 The Champs - Night Train / The Rattler album art The Champs Night Train / The Rattler (Single) Challenge 59049 US 1959 Sell This Version
HLH 8864 The Champs - Caramba / Moonlight Bay album art The Champs Caramba / Moonlight Bay (Single) Challenge HLH 8864 UK 1958 Sell This Version

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musicman1623

musicman1623

September 16, 2017
The Champs had 9 songs make the Billboard hot 100 4 of which made the top 40ty so they are not a one hit wonder

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