Chubby Checker (born Ernest Evans on October 3, 1941) is a singer and songwriter who became famous in the early 1960s for starting a dance craze known as the Twist. Checker began his career in the late 1950s with a novelty tune he recorded for Dick Clark, "The Class," in which he parodied several bands and artists that were popular at that time singing "Mary Had A Little Lamb."
In 1959, Chubby Checker debuted on the charts with "The Class," which peaked at #39. His career really took off in 1960 with his smash hit, "The Twist." This song, which is the only one of the rock and roll era to ever top the charts twice (in 1960 and 1962), was followed by a long string of hits that continued to 1969, many of which also have a twist theme. His last "twist" hit, "The Twist (Yo, Twist!)," was in 1988 (billed as Fat Boys with Chubby Checker).
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Chubby Checker (With Dee Dee Sharp)
- Slow Twistin' 1962
- Birdland 1963
- Dancin' Party 1962
- The Fly 1961
- The Hucklebuck 1960
- Let's Limbo Some More 1963
- Let's Twist Again 1961
- Limbo Rock 1962
(This song also became a hit for the Champs (1962, instrumental version).)
- Loddy Lo 1963
- Dance The Mess Around 1961
- Pony Time 1961
(This song topped both the R&B and Pop/Rock charts for Chubby Checker in 1961 and also became a hit for the Goodtimers that same year. "Pony Time" was written by Don Covay and John Berry, and it introduced a (then) new dance style called "The Pony" in which the dancers try to look as if they are riding a horse.)
- Popeye The Hitchhiker 1962
- Twenty Miles 1963
- The Twist 1960
("The Twist", which was written by Hank Ballard, topped the charts twice for Chubby Checker (in 1960 and 1962). This song also became a hit for Hank Ballard (1960), Ernie Freeman (1962), and the Fat Boys & Chubby Checker as "Yo, Twist!" (1988).)
- Twist It Up 1963
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