Performing Saturday, February 2, 2019
Chris Montez was influenced by Hispanic culture and the rock ‘n roll success of Ritchie Valens. Music was an integral part of his family life, and Montez began singing rancheras with older brothers as a kid. They taught him to play the guitar; and while he began singing backup his voice eventually matured and began take the lead. Montez formed a band and recorded original songs that gained the interest of Monogram Records. “All You Had to Do was Tell Me” became a local hit. In 1962, Montez’s single “Let’s Dance” hit the Top 10 and he was well on his way. He toured with Clyde McPhatter, Sam Cooke, The Platters and Smokey Robinson. Today, Montez is just hitting his stride. Born into a bi-cultural city with a rich heritage, Los Angeles, he emerges as an energetic performer with a history and cultural relevance that is unique.
His appearance during the 2019 Winter Dance Party will mark his 5th performance at our annual event (1999, 2009, 2014 and 2015).