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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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My favorite oldies song
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,I was the best twister in the room!
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Made WOF number one!
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I dare you to not sing along to this song...... it's impossible.
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The twist and throw your hip out
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Love Chubby Checker The Twist . I use to go to the Sock Hop and Twist With my Girl Friend . That was the good Old Days . Good Times
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LIKE !!!!!!!
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Love dancing the twist, well back in the day. lol
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Americana at it's finest. Mr. Checker and other American artists set the world dancing.
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gbm6737
Not only is Chubby Alive but I'm seeing him perform LIVE front and center in Greensburg Pa this October.!! Ha ha take THAT world. Lucky me!!! Oh yeah. Played his 45"s in first grade over 50 years ago on my record player recess time for the kids!!
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Let's do the twist round and round and round and round
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jbister69
Love this station. He is my favorite. I dance to his songs every time
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The music lives.
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tombolt13
elsa_921, LOOK UNDER WHAT elsa, WHAT, PLEASE TELL US, I WANT TO KNOW.
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just ten and dacing away to the twist by Chubby
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BENDICIONES ,.-´+´-., BENITO BARRETO JIMENEZ ,.-´+´-., LOS DUKES WEST SIDE L A WEST ,.-´+´-., 28 STREET Y MAPLE STREET ,.-´+´-., RECORDANDO AQUELLOS AYERES ,.-´+´-., GRACIAS X SER PARTE DE MI VIDA ,.-´+´-., X ESOS MOMENTOS INOLVIDABLES ,.-´+´-.,
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Great dance song
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smajors1947 - Dick Clark is dead.
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When does American bandstand come on?
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Good music
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Use too twist to this song!!! love it..
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I'm still TWISTING
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dragonlady60 8 8
best music ever...
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Very nice
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canyonshelby
Purple
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Say iPhone 5times
Pick a color
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Look under your
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One of the big ones I learned to dance growing up almost every night in my sisters room , god bless my sister for teaching me to dance like I can man I can move and move
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Doing The Twist will wear you out!
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Greatest song of the early 60's
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imtbsteve
Love it
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Don't read this because it actually works you will get kissed on the nearest Friday by the love of your life. However if you don't post this comment you will die in 2 days.Now that you've started reading don't stop. 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 scary but it actually works. Don't read this because it actually works you will get kissed on the nearest Friday by the love of your life. H
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Man,how things had changed
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Finally can do this again
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taryn4592
Mum lives this
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I'm 72 and still twisting and shouting!
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y older sister introducd me to the twist - hope hes still arouns
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This is the first
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THIS IS THE FIRST DANCE MY FATHER TAUGHT ME!!!!
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They're still twistin' in Pittsburgh in Omaha too
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oh yeauuuuuuuuu u u
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I was in Mexico this last year...They play chubby down there also ,,,,,they even twist,,,
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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!!!!
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kloseke56
Love this song
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marinerscove l y n
Chubby is still alive. You should refer to him in the present tense. Go Chubby!
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Yea still do it at 65.
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msvglove1
Still twisting at 62
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Chubb,A Badd-Man*978 * ~ 5m14y~
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He's an old man!
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Ahhhhhhhhhhh h h h h h h h h ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! !
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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?
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