Billy Joe And The Checkmates was a pop group formed by Louis Bideu (b. March 21, 1919). This group had one instrumental hit in 1962, "Percolator (Twist)," which reached #10 on the Billboard Hot 100. This song is a rock and roll version of an early 1960s Maxwell House coffee TV commercial which was famous for the slogan,
good to the last drop.
In the 1950s, Louis Bideu hosted "The Lew Bidell Show," a local TV show in New York, and also co-founded the Dore and Era record labels. ("Percolator (Twist)" was released on the Dore label.) Bideu is also known by his other stage name, Billy Joe Hunter.
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Billy Joe And The Checkmates
- Percolator (Twist) 1962
(This instrumental hit was based on the old Maxwell coffee TV commercial from the 1960s.)
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