Throwback Thursday: El Chicano, “Viva Tirado”

I was in the St. Ignatius College Prep band in my freshman year of high school. We had six saxophones, two trumpets, three guitars, a bass player, a drummer, and a keyboard player who was louder than everyone else. One of the songs we’d jam on was El Chicano’s "Viva Tirado," which at the time was still on the charts. When we got going, we could jam on that for half an hour or more.

Many years later, WFYR in Chicago ran Dick Bartley’s Rock & Roll’s Greatest Hits, which was typically music from the ’50’s and ’60’s, but this one night he was playing a bunch of stuff from the early ’70’s. I figured I’d call in and request this. When I requested this, he was all "Requests from the ’60’s only!" and he slammed down the phone. Needless to say, I found something else to listen to on Saturday night after that.

Anyway, this is a cover of Gerald Wilson’s song from the ’60’s.

6 thoughts on “Throwback Thursday: El Chicano, “Viva Tirado”

  1. I really enjoyed this and wouldn’t have thought it was from the 70s. that guy was a jerk for slamming the phone down like that but I bet you were one of many calling for some 70s music.


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