Release Date

November 1, 1972

“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 on the Billboard Hot 100, peaking at number two. 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.” On the US R&B singles chart, it peaked at No. 5. It reached No. 1 in Canada on the RPM 100 singles chart. It was certified gold.