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Charlie Quintana (January 29, 1962, El Paso, Texas – March 12, 2018, Cancún),[1] also known as Chalo Quintana or Chalo, was an American rock and punk drummer. He is best known as a founding member of the band The Plugz and as the drummer for the punk rock band Social Distortion from 2000 to 2009.

Charlie Quintana
Birth nameGonzalo Quintana III[1]
Also known asChalo Quintana, Chalo
Born(1962-01-29)January 29, 1962
El Paso, Texas
DiedMarch 12, 2018(2018-03-12) (aged 56)
Genresrock, punk
Associated actsThe Plugz, Cruzados, The Havalinas, Izzy Stradlin & the Ju Ju Hounds, Cracker, Social Distortion


He was a member of 1970s punk band The Plugz (which became a popular roots band in the 1980s), Cruzados, The Havalinas, Izzy Stradlin & the Ju Ju Hounds, and toured and/or recorded with Joan Osborne, John Doe, Cracker, Bob Dylan, Mark Curry, Jimmy and the Mustangs, 47C and many others. He was briefly a member of Agent Orange, appearing on their 1996 album Virtually Indestructible. Quintana toured with Social Distortion member Mike Ness's solo band and recorded with him on his second solo offering Under the Influences (1999).

Quintana joined Social Distortion in 2000 as the replacement for Chuck Biscuits (of D.O.A. and Danzig), and following the death of the band's guitarist Dennis Danell. He was present on Social Distortion's critically acclaimed comeback Sex, Love and Rock 'n' Roll (2004), and their 2007 Greatest Hits compilation. In April 2009, Quintana left Social Distortion to explore other musical opportunities, and to spend more time with his family.[2][3] He was replaced by session drummer Josh Freese, who appeared on the next Social Distortion album, Hard Times and Nursery Rhymes in 2011. Shortly after the album was released, David Hidalgo, Jr. became the band's new drummer.


Quintana died of a heart attack on March 12, 2018 at the age of 56.[1][4]


  1. ^ a b c Lewis, Randy (March 17, 2018). "Charlie Quintana, drummer for the Plugz and Social Distortion, dies at 56". The Los Angeles Times. Archived from the original on 2018-03-21. Retrieved March 22, 2018.
  2. ^ "Thank You Charlie Quintana for Ten Great Years!". 2009-04-23. Retrieved 2009-04-23.
  3. ^ "Atom Willard joins Social Distortion, replacing departing Charlie Quintana". 2009-04-23. Retrieved 2009-04-23.
  4. ^ "Charlie Quintana, Drummer for Cracker, Social Distortion Dies at 56". Billboard. Retrieved 15 March 2018.