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The Cisco Kid (song)

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"The Cisco Kid"
The Cisco Kid - War.jpeg
Single by War
from the album The World Is a Ghetto
B-side"Beetles in the Bog"
ReleasedFebruary 1973 (1973-02)
LabelUnited Artists
  • Thomas Allen
  • Harold Brown
  • Morris "BB" Dickerson
  • Charles Miller
  • Howard Scott
  • Lee Oskar
  • Lonnie Jordan
Producer(s)Jerry Goldstein
War singles chronology
"The World Is a Ghetto"
"The Cisco Kid"
"Gypsy Man"

"The Cisco Kid" is a song performed by War, and written by Thomas Allen; Harold Brown, Morris "BB" Dickerson, Charles Miller, Howard Scott; Lee Oskar and Lonnie Jordan, all members of War at the time. It is the first song on their 1972 album The World Is a Ghetto, and is the group's highest-charting song.

Song description

The song describes the adventures of Cisco and Pancho, two cowboys from the 1950s TV program The Cisco Kid. The song is known for having a different sequence of notes following each line. A distinct four-note phrase played by saxophone, harmonica, and flute punctuates the end of the first few lines, while a brief jam from the rhythm section follows the next couple. A completely different four-note phrase (this time played by guitar) follows some of the later lyrics, as well as lines of dialogue from the television show---and a three-note sequence repeated twice in a row is played by the harmonica and saxophone. These easy-to-remember hooks, along with the funk-driven rhythm section, make this song one of War's signature tunes, and the "most fun," according to lead vocalist and guitarist Scott.

Chart performance

In the US, "The Cisco Kid" reached No. 2 on the Billboard Hot 100 for two weeks at the end of April and start of May 1973, kept out of #1 by "Tie a Yellow Ribbon Round the Ole Oak Tree" by "Tony Orlando and Dawn"[3] On the US R&B singles chart, it peaked at No. 5.[4] It reached No. 1 in Canada on the RPM 100 singles chart.[5] It was certified gold.


Date Chart (1973) Peak
May 19, 1973 Canada RPM Top Singles[6] 1
April 27, 1973 US Billboard Hot 100[7] 2
May 4, 1973 US Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs (Billboard)[8] 5


Region Certification Certified units/sales
United States (RIAA)[9] Gold 1,000,000^

^ Shipments figures based on certification alone.


  1. ^ a b Dave Armstrong (14 March 2013). Beatles, Motown, Beach Boys, Etc.: Classic Rock Discographies, Commentary, and Mono vs. Stereo Analysis. p. 191. ISBN 978-1-105-75588-0.
  2. ^ Vladimir Bogdanov; Chris Woodstra; Stephen Thomas Erlewine (2002). All Music Guide to Rock: The Definitive Guide to Rock, Pop, and Soul. Backbeat Books. p. 1206. ISBN 978-0-87930-653-3.
  3. ^ "The Hot 100 Chart".
  4. ^ Whitburn, Joel (2004). Top R&B/Hip-Hop Singles: 1942-2004. Record Research. p. 608.
  5. ^ "Item Display - RPM - Library and Archives Canada". 1973-05-19. Retrieved 2021-02-10.
  6. ^ "Item Display - RPM - Library and Archives Canada". 1973-05-19. Retrieved 2021-02-10.
  7. ^ "War Chart History (Hot 100)". Billboard. Retrieved March 19, 2020.
  8. ^ "War Chart History (Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs)". Billboard. Retrieved March 19, 2020.
  9. ^ "American single   certifications – War – Cisco Kid". Recording Industry Association of America. Retrieved August 21, 2019. If necessary, click Advanced, then click Format, then select Single, then click SEARCH. 

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