Chubby Checker - Songs


Chubby Checker (b. 1941) is a highly acclaimed and veteran rock & roll singer and dancer who became famous beginning in the early 1960s for starting a worldwide dance craze known as the Twist with his same-named 1960 smash. He also popularized other dances with such hits as "Pony Time" (1961), "The Fly" (1961), and "Limbo Rock" (1962).

Born Ernest Evans in Spring Gully, South Carolina and raised in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, Chubby Checker began his career in the late 1950s with a zany novelty tune he recorded for Dick Clark, "The Class," in which he parodied several then-popular bands and artists taking turns singing "Mary Had A Little Lamb." This song became his first hit, reaching the Top 40 in 1959. His career took off the following year with his cover of Hank Ballard & The Midnighters' "The Twist" (1960), which remains the only song of the rock & roll era ever to top the charts twice (in 1960 and 1962). This smash was followed by a long string of hits through 1969, many with dance themes. He re-emerged on the charts in 1982 with "Running" and had another hit in 1988 with "The Twist (Yo, Twist!)" (credited to Fat Boys with Chubby Checker). He topped the Billboard's Dance chart many years later in 2008 with "Knock Down The Walls," which also made the Adult Contemporary Top 40.

Chubby Checker's signature song, "The Twist," was named by Billboard in 2008 as the biggest chart hit of all time. He was honored by the Artists Music Guild with the prestigious Sandy Hosey Lifetime Achievement Award during a televised AMG Heritage Awards ceremony on November 9, 2013, in which he served as the host.


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Chubby Checker (With Dee Dee Sharp)

Chubby Checker

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