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Chubby Checker

Chubby Checker was the unrivaled king of the rock & roll dance craze; although most of the dances his records promoted -- the Pony, "the Fly," and the Hucklebuck, to cite just three -- have long since faded into obscurity, his most famous hit, "The Twist," remains the yardstick against which all subsequent dancefloor phenomena are measured. Born Ernest Evans on October 3, 1941, in Spring Gulley, South Carolina, he worked in a local poultry shop while in high school, and while on the job often entertained customers by singing and cracking jokes. His workplace antics helped win an audition with the local Cameo-Parkway label, who signed the fledgling singer in 1959; at the suggestion of no less than Dick Clark's wife, the portly youth was re-christened Chubby Checker, the name a sly reference to Fats Domino.

Checker's first single, "The Class," showcased his skills as an impressionist; while the record became a minor novelty hit, none of its immediate follow-ups were successful. In 1960, however, he recorded "The Twist," a cover of a 1958 Hank Ballard & the Midnighters B-side; Checker's rendition de-emphasized the original's overtly sexual overtones, focusing instead on the song's happy-go-lucky charms. The single rocketed to number one during the autumn of 1960, remaining on the charts for four months; some time after it dropped off, it slowly returned to prominence, and in late 1961 it hit number one again; the only record ever to enjoy two stays at the top more than a year apart. After "The Twist" first made Checker a superstar, he returned to the top in 1961 with "Do the Pony"; that same year, he also reached the Top Ten with "Let's Twist Again," which assured the dance's passage from novelty to institution.

In addition to 1961's "The Fly," Checker's other Top Ten hits included three 1962 smashes: "Slow Twistin'," "Limbo Rock," and "Popeye the Hitchhiker." He even starred in a pair of feature films, Twist Around the Clock and Don't Knock the Twist. In total, Checker notched 32 chart hits before the bubble burst in 1966; as interest in dance novelties dwindled, he briefly turned to folk music, and became a regular on the nightclub circuit. From the 1970s onward, he was a staple of oldies revival tours; in 1982, more than a decade after his last studio LP, he signed with MCA and issued the disco-inspired The Change Has Come, scoring a pair of minor hits with the singles "Running" and "Harder Than Diamond." In 1988, Checker returned to the Top 40 for the first time in a quarter century when he appeared on the Fat Boys' rap rendition of "The Twist," and he continued touring regularly throughout the decade to follow. ~ Jason Ankeny, Rovi
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y older sister introducd me to the twist - hope hes still arouns
This is the first
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THIS IS THE FIRST DANCE MY FATHER TAUGHT ME!!!!
They're still twistin' in Pittsburgh in Omaha too
oh yeauuuuuuuuu u u
legalepizarr o 1 0 4
I was in Mexico this last year...They play chubby down there also ,,,,,they even twist,,,
I was born in 73. My brother is a DJ. I don't know when or where I heard The Twist, but heard Let's Twist Again when my brother played it. It's a classic. I can and will always Twist!!!!
kloseke56
Love this song
marinerscove l y n
Chubby is still alive. You should refer to him in the present tense. Go Chubby!
Yea still do it at 65.
msvglove1
Still twisting at 62
Chubb,A Badd-Man*978 * ~ 5m14y~
He's an old man!
Ahhhhhhhhhhh h h h h h h h h ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! !
Checker's rendition de-emphasize d the original's overtly sexual overtones. Yeah, then how come when Hank Ballard heard Chubby's version on the radio he thought it was his version?
Love to do the twist soo fun try to keep it alive for today's kids
Yea still like it.
My parents grew up in Charleston, SC and had cousins who grew up in his town. Chubby made this a popular dance craze! We still do the twist!
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Hello listening.
When I was in gifted program, we each had our name written on a 45 record. I had a Chubby Checker record.
I WILL ALWAYS LOVE YOU CHUBBY!
Still like his music and always will.
Come on everybody clap your hands, ahh you're looking good, I'm gonna sing my song it won't take long, we're gonna do the twist and it goes like this
lilygone
Lets do the twist
kate0639
I do the twist every morning while listening to Chubby while I get ready to start the day. It wakes me and puts me in a good mood.
Diggin it
bn21502
My husband plays the trumpet player and one of hell one at that. I would go to play and I would go with him and back then they had a junk box I played Glenn Miller song and I dance to it. Talk about a great trumpet he didn't see me dance.
fariborz1500
I won a twist competition long ago , beating older kids while DJ played Chubby Checkers back in 1963 .
Don't read this because it actually works. You will be kissed on the nearest Friday by the love of your life. Tomorrow will be the best day of your life. However if you don't post this you will die in 2 days. Now you started reading this so don't stop. This is so scary put this on at least 5 songs in the next 143 minutes. When done press f6 and your lovers name will appear on the screen in big letters this is so scary because it actually works
not the marathons or the Olympics but it's peanut butter SPREAD IT AROUND see what Dee Kelley thinks
smartin419
danced with Chubby Checker in Miami early 60's
follow me please
Love oldies Rock & Roll! Good to exercise dancing. Like a few Artist. Can't find anyone who loves it to dance with! Ha! People in my building too old or sick, boring and depressed. I have to move from here ASAP! Ha!
When I was a kid I saw Chubby live, He picked me out of a crowd and had me come on stage and we twisted together.... . I ' l l never forget it. Good times!
remember that song by Chubby in the early 80s' Harder Than Diamonds
I had this song playing at my birthday.
I wanna twist and twist round and round with this song
This is why our knees hurt nowadays.... . w o u l d n ' t trade the dancing for less pain though!
conawaymason r y
When my uncle was little, he always did the twist. We have videos of him doing it. It was so cute!
one of the best
This song is very danceable the way I like it
CHUBBY CHECKER!!!!! ! ! ! ! ! ! !
Hank Ballard...ea t your heart out LOL
original king of rock....
Can she Shimmy like my Sister Kate ?
PUT GOOD DANCING ON THE MAP!!!!
Just had back surgey, dangerous to listen to this it will get ya goin!!!
jadmdd6
chubby and me shared a locker together in gym class! joe d.
sgccode9
Long live rock n roll :D
pitaaguilar8 3
Love it
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