Chubby Checker
Rock ‘n’ Roll Legend “The Twist”

After kicking around a few years in Philadelphia’s music scene, in June of 1959, Chubby Checker recorded "The Twist". The president of Cameo Parkway records was not initially impressed with Chubby's recording and felt it may be a "B" side at best. However, Chubby felt "The Twist" was something special and worked hard promoting the record by undertaking non-stop rounds of TV dates, interviews and live performances. Fourteen months later, in the summer of 1960, "The Twist" was a hit.  "The Twist" was not only the #1 song but it introduced the concept of "dancing apart to the beat".

Over the next few years, endless songs incorporating "The Twist" into its name sprang up such as "Peppermint Twist", "Twist and Shout" and "Twistin' the Night Away". In addition, each new song brought a new dance involving "dancing apart to the beat" such as "The Jerk", "The Hully Gully", "The Boogaloo" and "The Shake". At the forefront was Chubby with "The Fly", "The Pony" and "The Hucklebuck" and “Limbo Rock”.  The next few years were prolific for Chubby as hit followed hit.  Chubby took time to add feature films to his portfolio with the releases of "Don't Knock The Twist" and "Twist Around The Clock". In the fall of 1961, record industry history was made when Checker's original hit record, "The Twist", re-entered the charts and by January of 1962, it was back in the #1 position. No other record before or since has accomplished that feat. Combining its 1960 run with its 1961/62 return, "The Twist" spent an amazing nine months total on the U. S. best seller charts. Today, Chubby, youthful as ever, continues 40 years of live performances around the world, while releasing new studio music.   In 2009, The Twist was voted #1 Song of All Time by Billboard Magazine, and, continues to be the most popular dance at every party!

 
   
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