Art&Seek presents This Week in Texas Music History. Every week, we’ll spotlight a different moment and the musician who made it. This week, Texas music scholar Gary Hartman meets a duo whose first taste of success involved tequila.
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Singer Dash Crofts was born in Cisco, Texas, on Aug. 14, 1940. Along with James Seals, born in Sidney, Texas, on Oct. 17, 1941, Crofts began performing in the 1950s with Los Angeles-based group the Champs. The group scored a No. 1 hit in 1958 with the instrumental “Tequila.” In the early 1970s, James Seals and Dash Crofts began performing as the folk-pop duo Seals & Crofts and released several multi-million selling records, including “Summer Breeze,” “Hummingbird,” “Diamond Girl” and “We May Never Pass This Way Again.”