Music Buzzz 12: Dave Burgess (The Champs-"Tequila")


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An incredible 62 years after topping the Billboard Pop and R&B charts with the Grammy Award winning “Tequila,” The Champs featuring Dave Burgess are back with 12 freshly recorded tunes in their sensational new album Tequila Party.

An experienced bandleader and musician, Dave’s forte has always been that of a songwriter. He has over 700 copyrights registered with BMI. Those who have waxed his tunes include Dean Martin, Bing Crosby, Lou Rawls, Don Gibson, The Lettermen, Marty Robbins, Anne Murray, Eddy Arnold, Engelbert Humperdinck, Ray Price, Gene Vincent, Johnny Rivers and Glen Campbell, just to name a few. During his short life, Rick Nelson recorded 10 of Dave’s compositions. In addition to writing hit songs, Dave has produced not only The Champs, but also Don McLean, Darlene Love and The Blossoms, and more.

In 1965, after a bustling seven years, Dave called a halt and disbanded the group. The Champs had a great run. At various times during its existence members included Glen Campbell, Delaney Bramlett (Delaney and Bonnie), and Jimmy Seals and Dash Crofts (Seals and Crofts).

Dave moved on to other projects. For over 40 years he has managed the publishing affairs of Hank Williams, Jr., creating a multi-million dollar business. He has also received numerous awards from ASCAP (7x) BMI (4x) and Cashbox (2x).


Candid discussions with and about those behind the scenes in the music business including industry veterans representing the segments of: Musician, Design & Live


All three Music Buzzz Podcast hosts (Dane Clark, Hugh Syme and Andy Wilson) have spent their careers working with the biggest names in entertainment and have been, and still are, a fly on the wall.