About this Blog

"In the future everybody will be world-famous for 15 minutes." So said the bleached-out, late lamented artist Andy Warhol. Having lived and worked in New York City, Warhol came to fully grasp the hold celebrity has on us. In this very famous sentence, he meant to point out that in a culture fixated on fame, many people will suddenly flash brightly onto the public screen, then--poof--will just as quickly disappear from public view--like shooting stars. Other individuals derive their celebrity from one stellar accomplishment (one hit song, one iconic role, etc.) that they never again match.

This blog is devoted to the one part of our celebrity culture that no one has written much about: temporary/one-shot celebrities.

The pace of modern life has quickened, and now we hear people speaking of someone's 15 seconds of fame. These "celebrities with a lower-case c" who will appear in this blog sometimes come to us from the world of entertainment, sometimes from the world of news. All are fascinating.

The need of our communications media for a continual stream of new material assures that we will have no end of colorful people who go quickly, where celebrity is concerned, from zero to hero (or villain) and back to zero. Now you see 'em, now you don't. What a crazy world, eh?

Temporary celebrities coming from the world of entertainment include one-hit recording artists; TV and movie icons who, although they might have had a great many accomplishments in their career, are remembered for one big role; standouts of reality TV; sports figures remembered for one remarkable accomplishment; and people whose celebrity came from one big role in a commercial or print ad.

News-based temporary celebrities come in many forms: mass/serial killers, other murderers of special note, sex-crime offenders, disgraced figures of government/military/business/media/religion, spies/traitors, hoaxers, femmes/hommes fatale, heroes, whistle blowers, inventors/innovators, and victims.

Celebrity Blogsburg will consider each category in turn.

Thursday, January 29, 2009

One-hit wonder Danny Flores

It is a rare person indeed who is remembered for a single word appearing in a popular song. Such a man, however, was Danny Flores, a Latino saxophone player whose voice uttered the word Tequila in the 1957 instrumental hit of that same name. The record, which had a beat congenial to shag dancing, hit No.1 and won a Grammy.

Flores, who sometimes performed as Chuck Rio, was born in California to parents who had come there from Mexico. His early music was a blend of counry rock and Latino. When Tequila was recorded, Flores had been working a duo act, Danny and Dave, with fellow musician Dave Burgess. Their one big hit, recorded as The Champs, was backed by money from cowboy star and savvy investor Gene Autry.

The Champs eventually split up, and Flores put his lusty sax style to work with other groups. Tequila has been used in a variety of TV commercials and in the 1985 film Pee Wee's Big Adventure, which extended the song's reach to a new generation of listeners. Torres died in 2006 at age 77 from pneumonia.

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