Chris Montez (born January 17, 1943) is a Mexican-American singer. Initially known as a rock n roll artist, Montez became one of the most important chicano rockers following the tragic passing of Ritchie Valens, his mentor. Montez had a #4 hit in the US with the 1962 single “Let’s Dance”. Later, he was reinvented as a middle of the road easy listening singer, boasting a slew of Hot 100/Adult Contemporary crossover hits, predominantly renditions of jazz standards such as “The More I See You”, “There Will Never Be Another You”, and “Time After Time”.
Born Ezekiel Christopher Montanez in Los Angeles, California, Montez was brought up in Hawthorne, California. His early musical influences included the latino music played and performed by residents of his neighborhood, as well as Ritchie Valens. After the release of the highly successful “Let’s Dance” on Monogram Records, Montez spent several years touring with artists such as Sam Cooke, The Platters, and Smokey Robinson and The Miracles, as well as The Beatles, then relatively unknown outside of Liverpool.
Early in 1963, Montez would score another hit with “Some Kinda Fun”. Reaching #43 on the charts, the song utilized the same catchy keyboard instrumentation as did “Let’s Dance”; fittingly, both were million sellers, and were awarded gold discs. 1963 also saw the release of Montez’s only album on Monogram, Let’s Dance and Have Some Kinda’ Fun!!!.
Chris Montez (born Ezekiel Christopher Montanez, January 17, 1943, Los Angeles, California), is a Mexican American singer.
Montez grew up in Hawthorne, California, influenced by the Latino flavored music of his community and the success of Ritchie Valens.