(Bobby Grant, Sea-Cap Music BMI)
Label picture from popsike : copy signed by band members : Ray Goss, Marvin Taylor, Kim Venable, Ed Sanford, Bob Brown. From Alabama. Songwriting erroneously credited to Bobby Grant. Second release of the song by the K-Otics on Rick has the correct credit.
Manuel "Manny" Chavez and Sonny Chaney played since 1955 in the Los Angeles Chicano and R & B band The Jaguars and heard a very young Robert Rodriguez, who sang it to his 12-year-old neighbor Sharleena Romero. The Jaguars tried for about a year without success, to interest a record company. Only Cliff Goldsmith , manager of the Sevilles, recognized the potential of the piece and scheduled a session in the end of 1960 in a Hollywood studio. The record was issued on JC Records.
For a list of the various bands who covered "Charlena", see Wkipedia HERE (translated from German).