Biography of Chubby Checker
Possibly the most awesome classic-rock ever
Life of Chubby Checker
Chubby Checker’s real name is Ernest Evans and was born on October 3, 1941 in Spring Gulley, South Carolina. Chubby Checker got his nickname from Clark’s wife asking him what his name is, and Chubby said “My friends call me Chubby” then she said “Like in Checker?” He used to sing in the streets of Philadelphia with a harmony group before he started to sing with Cameo-Parkway Records in 1959. His two first singles, "The Class" and "Dancing Dinosaur" were small hits. But then Cameo-Parkways Records encouraged him to sing his own version of “The Twist” originally by Hank Ballard, which was already having a good standing in the charts. But Chubby Checkers version with the new dance routine that made the song a top hit. “The Twist” had completely changed pop culture by giving couples the freedom of ‘breaking apart on the dance floor’. This song was the top hit for a whopping 18 weeks in August, 1961, and then reappeared in November that year for a record-breaking 21 weeks.
After “The Twist”, Checker continued to make twist themed songs such as “Twistin’ U.S.A.” and “Twist it Up” in the early 1960s, and also “Lets Twist Again” in 1999. Plus, Chubby also starred in two movies that featured “The Twist”, Twist Around the Clock (1961) and Don’t Knock the Twist (1962). What keeps Chubby Checkers inspired to keep going on? Apparently to him, “It’s the fans. The energy I get from singing and dancing with all these people over the years is unlike anything else I experience. I never want it to end.”
His records are:
Chubby Checker - the only artist to have 5 albums in the Top 12 all at once.
Chubby Checker First Platinum - "Let's Twist Again".
Chubby Checker - the only artist to have a song to be #1 twice - "The Twist".
Chubby Checker - the only artist to have 9 Double-Sided Hits.
Chubby Checker - changed the way we dance to the beat 24/7 since 1959.