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Band/Record: Chuck Higgins - Motor Head Chuck

Label/Matrix: US 1974 Rolling Rock LP 003

Condition Record/Sleeve: Mint-/EX-

Extra Info: Fantastic Album !! Original US 1st press LP on Rolling Rock .. minty dream audio ...

~~ amazing 1974 Rollin' Rock Stereo Release by Bandleader/Composer/Tenor Saxophonist/Flutist/R & B and Blue Eyed Soul Vocalist Chuck Higgins Entitled Motorhead Chuck, Produced & Engineered by Ron Weiser, Arrangements by Ray Campi - "Saxophonist Chuck Higgins earned R&B fame for his composition "Pachuko Hop," which remains a perennial favorite among Latino fans, but didn't gain enough general R&B acclaim to chart in the early '50s. Higgins also played trombone and trumpet. He moved from his native Gary to Los Angeles in 1940 as a teen. Higgins played trumpet in his high school band and later attended the Los Angeles Conservatory. While there, Higgins started a band with pianist Frank Dunn and saxophonist Johnny Parker, among others. Higgins later became the band's saxophonist and wrote "Pachuko Hop." Its furious pace, roaring sax solo, and raw sound, plus the inclusion of the term "Pachuko," which was slang for a Mexican-American dressed in baggy pants with a key chain, made the song a '50s anthem for area Latinos. The B-side, "Motorhead Baby," was later the inspiration for Frank Zappa sideman James "Motorhead" Sherwood and the heavy metal band Motorhead. Higgins played dates in Los Angeles with everyone from Charlie Parker to The Orioles and his band at one point included Johnny "Guitar" Watson. Although none of Higgins' many singles for Aladdin, Caddy, Lucky, Specialty, or Dootone ever earned national acclaim, he was an extremely popular regional attraction through the '50s and into the early '60s, when he retired from performing to become a music teacher at local high schools and a college. A comeback faltered in the mid-'70s, when Higgins tried to update his sound by going disco. He returned to honking R&B in the late '70s and toured England in the mid-'80s, while performing once more in Los Angeles clubs." - "Raucous R&B tenor saxist Higgins, a longtime L.A. favorite, honks and blows like a wildman. This rare LP easily comprises the finest, rawest, honkinest sessions by a true rockin' R&B original." - Spectacular Personnel for the Large Group Includes Living Legend Chuck Higgins on Tenor Sax, Flute and Vocals, the Brilliant Ray Campi on Guitars, Steel Guitar, Bass & Piano, the Amazing Richard Berry or John Woodson on Piano and Steve Bruley on Drums!