The Twist, a dance done by swiveling the hips, became a worldwide dance craze in the early s. The Twist became extremely popular after Chubby Checker danced the Twist while singing the song of the same name on the "Dick Clark Show" on August 6, No one is quite sure who actually started swiveling their hips in this manner; some say it might have been part of an African dance brought to the United States during the slavery era.
Chubby called at the appointed time for this article, even though he had returned to his home in suburban Philadelphia just 12 hours after a gig in El Paso, Texas, and approximately 15 hours before he and his band were scheduled to load up the tour bus and travel to a show in Oklahoma. I took it to heart. Shining shoes, doing odd jobs in his South Philly neighborhood and working in the nearby Italian Market gave him the foundation for what was to come: being at the epicenter for a dance craze and smash hit record that would set the stage for a cultural revolution.
Chubby Checker talks during an interview with Reuters in New York, in this January 25, file photo. Few musicians are so closely linked to a single dance as Chubby Checker and the Twist, and Chubby Checker is twisting again, like he did last summer, and 47 summers before that. There may be no band, and no chorus of screaming girls, but Chubby Checker is twisting again, like he did last summer, and 47 summers before that. Few musicians are so closely linked to a single dance as Chubby Checker and the Twist.
In September "The Twist" topped Billboard's list of the most popular singles to have appeared in the Hot since its debut inan honor it maintained for an August update of the list. He also popularized the Limbo Rock and its trademark limbo dance, as well as various dance styles such as the fly. Checker is the only recording artist to place five albums in the Top 12 all at once.
Chubby Checker said his performance Dec. That's because he'll be sharing the stage with Mary Wilson of the Supremes and Martha Reeves and the Vandellas — and he'll be coming to Jack Benny's old stomping grounds, he said. They got a lot of hits — those girls.
Chubby Checker is known for his hit cover of the song "The Twist. Of course, I enjoy the limbo. As many of you know, Checker has roots in our area and the Jersey Shore.
Chubby certainly is an important figure in rock history, and no one thinks so more than Chubby. I was recently unpacking a box and ran across a page from the July 28, issue of Billboard Magazine. Click on image for larger version. In the letter, he is somewhat dismissive of Elvis and The Beatleswho, in his eyes were nothing new, though they did improve upon the artists that came before them—just as Chubby improved upon the hit song which he covered.
Please contact customerservices lexology. Chubby Checker, whose real name is Ernest Evans, is suing Hewlett-Packard for trademark infringement. His song "Knock Down the Walls" reached the top of the dance charts and sparked a brief comeback for the music legend.