Chris Montez



Chris Montez, labelled as one of the early ‘Chicano rock pioneers’, grew up in Los Angeles, and as a child used to sing and play the guitar with his brothers, fusing influences from his Latin roots with his love of Rock n’Roll. By the time he was in junior high, he had already formed a band and recorded his own original songs. By his late teens he had toured with Sam Cooke, the Drifters, the Platters, and Clyde McPhatter, and before long also performed in the UK alongside Tommy Roe and The Beatles. In the early 1960s he experienced chart success and his hit single “Let’s Dance, has never waivered in popularity. Montez has amassed a string of hits outside the U.S. that has firmly established him as an international recording star. He has recorded songs in both English and in Spanish that have become hits worldwide. He tours internationally, and through the years has continued to grow as an influential artist. His music integrates the unique influence of his Hispanic culture with rich rhythms and blues styles. And he hasn’t stopped yet; his music is alive and kicking. Montez is still rockin’ and a rollin’, hoppin’ and a strollin’, and twistin’ and a stompintoday