Chico Vega was with Johnny’s Moore’s original Drifters in the 1960s, and he also had his own Drifters group California, known as Chico Vega’s Drifters. Members included Calvin Andrus, Bobby Maxwell and Edd Freeman. In the 1960s he also had his own group, Chico Vega and the famous Morrocos, featuring Sammy Fitzhue. Chico released songs in England, including “Lovers Plea.” He wrote, produced, arranged and performed his own music and played several instruments, including guitar, bass, keyboards, sax, trumpet and drums. Chico and Dee Dee also worked as a duo and performed as a band, working with many musicians and Chico’s sons, De’Allgo Vega, Fundalo Vega, Reginio Hough, Jr. and Everette Thomas.
Chico also had a local show Doo Wop & Chico Vega’s Drifters the last six years at the Hot Hits Theater in Branson, Missouri. A Master Mason, Chico was a member of the Mason’s Lodge #587 in Branson, Missouri and was also a member of the American Veterans Post #78 in Rockaway Beach, Missouri. Chico had many friends throughout his life who will dearly miss him. He truly loved his children, family and many friends and was loved back.
He is preceded in death by his parents; two brothers, Walker Logan and Elldridge; a sister, Bertha Aery Jant; four children, Francisco Torres Vega, Valotica Logan, Roger Lee Foster and Reginia (Gene) Logan.
Chico was the father to 36 children, with those surviving him Everette Thomas and wife Tammy Thomas, De’Allgo Torres Vega and wife Lyn Vega, Reginio Hough, Jr. and wife Debbie Hough, Fundalo Torres Vega and wife Tami Vega, Carmella Hough Jones, Conchita Hough, Priscilla Hough, Consuela Vega Thomas, Karen Jorden, Karen Vega, Valdena Vega, Alicia (Aquiah Ma’at) Sheff Johnson, Marcella Torres Vega and husband Mark Bass, Reginia Oneal and husband Christopher, Harsandra Logan, an adopted son, Jack Heath, and daughters-in-law, Cynthia Vega and Janet Logan. Chico is also survived by brothers and sisters, Bobby Aery, Sonny Aery, Fodie Mae (Helen Tee), Annette Porter, Sandra Wylee, Frances Aery and Barbara Williams. Chico has so many grandchildren, great-grandchildren and great great-grandchildren, too vast to name them all. In Poplar Bluff, Missouri, he is survived by grandchildren, Shawn Torres Vega, Fancicso Torres Vega, Jr. and Christina Vega-Lewis and husband David Lewis, as well as great-grandchildren, Justice Lewis, Jada Lewis, Elijah Torres Vega and D’Artanyan Torres Vega.
Chico is survived by his loving wife Dee Dee Vega of the home.
A memorial gathering will be held 12:30-8:00 p.m. Saturday, July 16, 2016, at the Rockaway Beach Community Center in Rockaway Beach, Missouri.