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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
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Selected Discography

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Track List: It's Pony Time/Let's Twist Again

1. Pony Time

2. The Watusi

3. The Hully Gully

4. The Stroll

5. The Mashed Potatoes

6. Hi Ho Silver

7. We Like Birdland

8. Let's Dance, Let's Dance, Let's Dance

9. The Shimmy

10. The Charleston

11. Dance The Mess Around

12. Pony Express

13. I Could Have Danced All Night

14. The Jet

15. Continental Walk

16. I Almost Lost My Mind

17. Fishin'

18. Quarter To Three

19. Let's Twist Again

20. Ballin' The Jack

21. Peanut Butter

22. The Ray Charles-Ton

23. Takes Two To Tango

24. Dance-A-Long

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Track List: Best Of 1959-1963

1. Dancin' Party

2. The Twist

3. Toot

4. The Class

5. Twistin' U.S.A.

6. The Hucklebuck

7. Whole Lotta Shakin' Going On

8. Pony Time

9. Dance The Mess Around

10. Good, Good Lovin'

11. Let's Twist Again

12. The Fly

13. Slow Twistin'

14. Popeye The Hitchhiker

15. Limbo Rock

16. Let's Limbo Some More

17. Hooka Tooka

18. Loddy Lo

19. Hey, Bobba Needle

20. Birdland

21. Surf Party

22. Twist It Up

23. Twistin' Round The World

24. Jingle Bell Rock

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Track List: 16 All The Classics

1. The Twist

2. Limbo Rock

3. Dancin' Party

4. Hey Bobba Needle

5. Loddy Lo

6. Slow Twistin'

7. The Fly

8. Pony Time

9. Let's Twist Again

10. Let's Limbo Some More

11. Birdland

12. Dance The Mess Around

13. Popeye The Hitchhiker

14. Twenty Miles

15. Twist It Up

16. Hucklebuck

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Track List: Changes (Single)

1. Changes

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DONT READ THIS. YOU WILL BE KISSED ON THE NEAREST POSSIBLE FRIDAY BY THE LOVE IF YOUR LIFE. TOMORROW WILL BE THE BEST DAY OF YOR LIFE. NOW YOU'VE STARTED READING THIS. DON'T STOP THIS IS SO FREAKY. But if you read this and ignore it, then you will have very bad luck PUT THIS ON 15 SONGS IN 143 MINUTES. WHEN YOURE DONE PRESS THE SPACE BAR AND YOUR CRUSH'S NAME WILL APPEAR IN BIG LETTERS ON THE SCREEN THIS IS SO CREAPY CAUSE IT ACTUALLY WORKS
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Why he's not in the Rock and Roll Hall in-game.
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this guy is a genius!�����
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Hate hate hate hate hate
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Chubby s the cats pajamas
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I'm 12 and I love 50s 60s 70s and some 80s and 90s music
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Chubby, and Bobby, class act
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CHUBBY IS STILL PERFORMING GREAT AND LOOKS GREAT WISH I COULD WEAR JEANS LIKE HE DOES GOD BLESS KEEP TWISTING SEE YOU AT BUSCH GARDENS
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I'm 11 and I love the popular 70s and 80 s music
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Im 17 and I just love this style of music! I wish it was the style of the day! I hate the modern music today its so unclean, but the decade of the 50's were so clean and uplifting! and I JUST LOVE IT!!!!
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silvianoagui r r e 5 5
Los luseritos de mi chuacan
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gypsyme3
I could do ELECTRIC SLIDE ALL NIGNT
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maggiekksb
You aren't a shagger right???Man they are good dancers...
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maggiekksb
The waist line dance....
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i would love to teach young people today to do the twist - unfortunatel y if i do i might hurt my self but what the heck hah hah
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Love this song#!!!!lon g live rock and roll
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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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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
Post on 2more songs
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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Love it
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Man,how things had changed
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Finally can do this again
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Mum lives this
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