And eventually getting somewhere

The big story here is right there on the label, where it says “SIDE 1.” God knows they threw enough stuff in there for an A-side.

Disc jockeys, semi-independent souls that they (sometimes) were, promptly sampled Side 2, and found something they liked better:

Composer “Chuck Rio” was saxman and, um, vocalist Danny Flores, who couldn’t allow his name to be seen on this label while he was under contract to another. Some version of the Champs continued into the middle 1960s: both Jim Seals and Dash Crofts were members at one time or another.


  1. Roger O Green »

    12 September 2018 · 10:47 am

    I have a LOT of Seals & Crofts on vinyl and none on CD/download. One of those things I’ll rectify one of these days.

  2. hollyh »

    12 September 2018 · 11:54 am

    So happy to finally know the name of that so-familiar “Tequila” song. Oh those quaint old days when bands had simple names.

  3. CGHill »

    12 September 2018 · 2:43 pm

    With the exception of “Summer Breeze,” which shows up on a compilation, all my S&C is vinyl as well. (Or styrene, in the case of the “Diamond Girl” 45, which I hold onto because it’s a different edit from LP/CD.)

  4. McGehee »

    12 September 2018 · 3:06 pm

    “Diamond Girl” has been popping up inexplicably on my earworm playlist lately (along with Elton John’s “Island Girl”), and I could have sworn I already had “Summer Breeze” but apparently I don’t.

    Guess I can see what else of theirs I might want…

  5. McGehee »

    12 September 2018 · 3:10 pm

    And if I get “Tequila” I think I may want Side 1 too, JFTHOI.

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