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Chubby Checker

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Chubby Checker was the unrivaled king from the rock & roll dance craze; although a lot of the dances his information advertised — the Pony, “the Travel,” as well as the Hucklebuck, to cite simply three — possess lengthy since faded into obscurity, his most well-known strike, “The Twist,” continues to be the yardstick against which all following dancefloor phenomena are assessed. Given birth to Ernest Evans on Oct 3, 1941, in Springtime Gulley, SC, he worked well in an area poultry shop during high school, even though face to face often entertained clients by performing and breaking jokes. His place of work antics helped earn an audition with the neighborhood Cameo-Parkway label, who authorized the fledgling vocalist in 1959; in the recommendation of a minimum of Dick Clark’s wife, the portly youngsters was re-christened Chubby Checker, the name a sly mention of Fat Domino. Checker’s 1st solitary, “The Course,” showcased his abilities as an impressionist; as the record became a novelty hit, non-e of its instant follow-ups were effective. In 1960, nevertheless, he documented “The Twist,” a cover of the 1958 Hank Ballard & the Midnighters B-side; Checker’s rendition de-emphasized the original’s overtly intimate overtones, focusing rather around the song’s happy-go-lucky charms. The solitary rocketed to number 1 during the fall months of 1960, staying on the graphs for four weeks; a while after it slipped off, it gradually came back to prominence, and in later 1961 it strike number one once again; the only real record ever to take pleasure from two stays at the very top greater than a season aside. After “The Twist” initial produced Checker a superstar, he came back to the very best in 1961 with “Perform the Pony”; that same season, he also reached the very best Ten with “Let’s Twist Once again,” which guaranteed the dance’s passing from novelty to organization. Furthermore to 1961’s “The Journey,” Checker’s various other Top Ten strikes included three 1962 smashes: “Gradual Twistin’,” “Limbo Rock and roll,” and “Popeye the Hitchhiker.” He also starred in a set of feature movies, Twist Night and day and do not Knock the Twist. Altogether, Checker notched 32 graph hits prior to the bubble burst in 1966; as curiosity about dance novelties dwindled, he briefly considered folk music, and became a normal in the nightclub circuit. In the 1970s onward, he was a staple of oldies revival travels; in 1982, greater than a 10 years after his last studio room LP, he agreed upon with MCA and released the disco-inspired The Transformation Has Come, credit scoring a set of minimal hits using the singles “Operating” and “Harder Than Gemstone.” In 1988, Checker came back to the very best 40 for the very first time in 25 % hundred years when he made an appearance on the Body fat Kids’ rap rendition of “The Twist,” and he continuing touring regularly through the entire 10 years to follow.

Quick Facts


Full Name Chubby Checker
Profession Businessperson, Singer-songwriter
Education South Philadelphia High School
Nationality American
Spouse Catharina Lodders
Children Mistie Bass, Shan Egan, Bianca Evans, Ilka Evans
Parents Eartle Evans, Raymond Evans
Siblings Tracy Evans
Awards Grammy Hall of Fame, Grammy Award for Best Contemporary Song, Rhythm and Blues Foundation Pioneer Award
Music Songs The Twist, Let's Twist Again, Limbo Rock, Pony Time, The Huckelbuck, Slow Twistin', Hooka Tooka, Let's Limbo Some More, Hey, Bobba Needle, Dance the Mess Around, Lovely Lovely, Twist It Up, Lazy Elsie Molly, Let's Do The Freddie, Popeye, Rock Around the Clock, La Paloma Twist, Twenty Miles, The Lose Your Inhibitions Twist, Mary Ann Limbo, Teach Me to Twist, Loddy Lo, She Wants T'Swim, Dancin' Party, You Better Believe It Baby, Goodbye Victoria, Reggae My Way, Good, Good Lovin', Harder Than Diamond, Twist Train, At the Discotheque, We Like Birdland
Albums Twist With Chubby Checker, For Twisters Only, Bobby Rydell & Chubby Checker, Swingin' Together, Twist It Up, Hits Of '64, The Classic Collection - 65 Original Recordings, The Fly, Snapshot: Chubby Checker, Twistin' in 1960, Happy Hours, The Hip Star, Limbo Rock (Remastered), Pledging My Love, Down to Earth (Digitally Remastered), Twist with Chubby Checker / Twist-a-Long with Chubby Checker, Inolvidables, The King of Twist (33 Hits Songs), Twist Around the Clock (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack, Mono Version), Chubby Checker Six Pack, Don't Knock the Twist (Original Soundtrack From "Don't Knock The Twist"), Let´s Twist Again (Resmastered), Twist Train (50 Original Songs), Limbo Rock & Twist (40 Original Songs - Digitally Remastered), Smooth, Vol. 3, Doin' The Zombie, Limbo Party, It's Pony Time, Chubby Checker's Greatest Hits, The Best of Chubby Checker, King Of The Twist (Remastered), It's Pony Time/Let's Twist Again, Chubby Checker . King of Twist, Best of Chubby Checker, Twist Along, Plays Hits Twist (New Remastergin), All The Best (Deluxe Version), For Twisters Only (Mono Version), Twist & Rock 'n' Roll, The Original Master of the Dance Hall Beat (feat. Inner Circle), Those Happy Days At Home, Chubby Checker's Let's Twist Again, The Anthology Album, The Watusi, One & Only - Chubby Checker, Chubby Checker: The One and Only Vol 3, The Twist Is Back, Last Christmas I Gave You My Heart (The Hit Collection), My Hit Collection, Christmas Moments With Chubby Checker, Les dix plus grands succès de Chubby Checker (Mono version)
Movies Wild Reeds, Purple People Eater, Don't Knock the Twist, It's Trad, Dad!, Twist Around the Clock, Teenage Millionaire, Twist


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#Fact
1 In 1962 the New York City Catholic Archdiocese forbade students in its schools to dance to Checker's "The Twist", saying that it was "un-Christian".
2 On June 7th 1963. he headlined the only R n R concert given at NYCs Polo Grounds (1890-1963). The concert was followed, that evening, by a game between The New York Mets and The St. Louis Cardinals (The Mets won 3-2).
3 Attended Southern High School in Philadelphia, PA, where one of his classmates was Larry Chance, later to become lead singer of the rock group Larry Chance & The Earls.
4 Had first charted hit with "The Class" (1959). which is noted for his impersonations of Fabián Forte and Fats Domino.
5 According to his guardian, in 1962 he earned approximately $200,000.
6 His daughter, Mistie Williams, plays basketball at Duke University.
7 Rumor always had it that he was a chicken-plucker in Philadelphia before he made it big with "The Twist".
8 His name, "Chubby Checker", is a play on the name of another famous singer of his era, Fats Domino. The name was suggested by the wife of New American Bandstand 1965 (1952) host Dick Clark.
9 His wife, Catherina, was the 1962 Miss World from Holland.


Soundtrack

Soundtrack

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Waterloo Road 2014 TV Series performer - 1 episode
Rude Tube 2014 TV Series performer - 1 episode
Masters of Sex 2014 TV Series performer - 1 episode
One Hit Wonderland 2012 TV Series documentary performer - 1 episode
Ginger & Rosa 2012 performer: "Pony Time"
Alexandra - Stimme der Sehnsucht: Der rätselhafte Tod eines Stars 2012 TV Movie documentary performer: "Let's Twist Again" - uncredited
Independent Lens 2004-2012 TV Series documentary performer - 2 episodes
Kinect Sports: Season Two 2011 Video Game performer: "The Twist"
I'm a Celebrity, Get Me Out of Here! 2011 TV Series performer - 1 episode
Dancing with the Stars 2011 TV Series performer - 1 episode
W.E. 2011 performer: "The Twist"
The Help 2011 performer: "Let's Twist Again"
20 to 1 2007-2011 TV Series documentary performer - 2 episodes
Dancing on Ice 2010 TV Series performer - 1 episode
Skateland 2010 performer: "LIMBO ROCK"
Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Live: Feelin' Alright 2009 Video performer: "The Twist"
So You Think You Can Dance Canada 2009 TV Series performer - 1 episode
Mad Men 2007-2008 TV Series performer - 2 episodes
Spider-Man 3 2007 performer: "The Twist"
Las Vegas 2005 TV Series performer - 1 episode
The Simpsons 2005 TV Series performer - 1 episode
Son of the Mask 2005 performer: "The Twist"
Malcolm in the Middle 2002 TV Series performer - 1 episode
Hearts in Atlantis 2001 performer: "The Twist" 1959
Hollywood Rocks the Movies: The Early Years (1955-1970) 2000 TV Movie documentary performer: "The Twist", "Twist Along With Me", "Slow Twistin'"
Blue Moon 2000 performer: "The Twist"
The '60s 1999 TV Movie performer: "The Twist"
A Bright Shining Lie 1998 TV Movie performer: "The Twist"
Tohuwabohu TV Series performer - 6 episodes, 1994 - 1998 writer - 1 episode, 1994
White Squall 1996 performer: "THE TWIST"
Baseball 1994 TV Mini-Series documentary performer - 1 episode
Wild Reeds 1994 performer: "Let's Twist Again"
Florida Lady 1994 TV Series performer - 1 episode
Virtaset ja Kekkonen 1993 performer: "Let's Twist Again"
Quantum Leap 1989-1990 TV Series performer - 2 episodes
She-Devil 1989 performer: "Party Up"
The Super Mario Bros. Super Show! 1989 TV Series performer - 1 episode
Troop Beverly Hills 1989 performer: "Pony Time", "The Twist"
The Magic of David Copperfield XI: The Explosive Encounter 1989 TV Special performer: "Let's Twist Again"
True Love 1989/I performer: "The Hucklebuck"
Purple People Eater 1988 performer: "Twist It Up"
Everybody's All-American 1988 performer: "Let's Twist Again"
Summertime Blues: Lemon Popsicle VIII 1988 performer: "Let's Twist Again"
Hairspray 1988 performer: "Let's Twist Again", "The Fly", "Dancin Party", "Pony Time", "Limbo Rock"
Moonlighting 1985-1987 TV Series performer - 5 episodes
Back to the Beach 1987 performer: "Limbo Rock"
Young Love: Lemon Popsicle 7 1987 performer: "Let's Twist Again"
Er is er een jarig 1986 TV Movie performer: "Let's Twist Again" - uncredited
Crime Story 1986 TV Series performer - 1 episode
Pound Puppies 1986 TV Series performer - 1 episode
Best of Bandstand 1986 Video documentary performer: "The Twist"
The Right Stuff 1983 performer: "La Bamba"
Szabadgyalog 1982 performer: "Let's Twist Again"
Going Steady 1979 performer: "Let's Twist Again"
Good Old Days Part II 1978 TV Special performer: "Pony Time", "The Fly", "The Twist"
Big Wednesday 1978 performer: "The Twist" - uncredited
Let the Good Times Roll 1973 Documentary performer: "Pony Time", "The Twist", "Let's Twist Again"
Hollywood a Go Go 1965 TV Series performer - 1 episode
Shindig! 1964 TV Series performer - 1 episode
Il mondo di notte numero 3 1964 Documentary performer: "Let's Twist Again" - uncredited
Die ganze Welt ist himmelblau 1964 performer: "Let's Twist Again"
Don't Knock the Twist 1962 performer: "Don't Knock The Twist", "Slow Twistin'", "The Fly"
Ring-a-Ding Rhythm! 1962 performer: "Lose Your Inhibition Twist"
Teenage Millionaire 1961 "Twistin' U.S.A.", "Dance the Mess Around" / performer: "The Jet", "Let's Twist Again"
Who's Doing the Dishes? 2016 TV Series performer - 1 episode
Britain's Got More Talent 2016 TV Series performer - 1 episode
Call the Midwife 2016 TV Series performer - 1 episode
The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon 2015 TV Series performer - 1 episode

Actor

Actor

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Murphy Brown 1998 TV Series Chubby Checker
Purple People Eater 1988 Chubby Checker
Twist Around the Clock 1961 Chubby Checker
Teenage Millionaire 1961 Chubby Checker - Performer

Composer

Composer

TitleYearStatusCharacter
The Artists Music Guild Presents: The AMG Heritage Awards 2013 TV Special

Thanks

Thanks

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Legendary Ladies of Rock & Roll 1988 TV Special special thanks

Self

Self

TitleYearStatusCharacter
The Artists Music Guild Presents: The 2014 AMG Heritage Awards 2014 TV Special Performer-Himself
Geraldo at Large 2014 TV Series documentary Himself
My Music: 50s & 60s Party Songs 2014 TV Movie Himself - Host
The Outrageous Sophie Tucker 2014 Documentary Himself
Huckabee 2014 TV Series Himself - Musical Guest
The Artists Music Guild Presents: The AMG Heritage Awards 2013 TV Special Himself - Host
The 37th Annual Daytime Emmy Awards 2010 TV Special Himself
Samantha Brown's Great Weekends 2010 TV Series documentary Himself
My Swinging Sixties - Gottschalks Zeitreise 2010 TV Movie Himself
The Hour 2010 TV Series Himself
Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Live: Feelin' Alright 2009 Video Himself
Wildwood Days 2008 Documentary Himself
Daytona 500: The Great American Race Sprint Pre-Race Show 2008 TV Special Himself - Performer
The Wages of Spin 2008 Documentary Himself
20 to 1 2007 TV Series documentary Himself
Encore with John Palmer 2006 TV Series Himself
Las Vegas 2005 TV Series Himself
Good Morning Australia 2004 TV Series Himself
Biography 2001 TV Series documentary Himself
Ally McBeal 2001 TV Series Himself
Hollywood Rocks the Movies: The Early Years (1955-1970) 2000 TV Movie documentary Himself (uncredited)
The History of Rock 'n' Roll 1995 TV Series documentary Himself
Calendar Girl 1993 Himself
Twist 1992 Documentary Himself
Big Bird's Birthday or Let Me Eat Cake 1991 TV Movie Himself
Amen 1991 TV Series Himself
The 18th Annual American Music Awards 1991 TV Special Himself
Quantum Leap 1989 TV Series Himself
The Dame Edna Experience 1989 TV Series Himself
Later with Bob Costas 1989 TV Series Himself
The Pat Sajak Show 1989 TV Series Himself
Freedomfest: Nelson Mandela's 70th Birthday Celebratation 1988 TV Special documentary Himself
Super Bowl XXII 1988 TV Special Himself - Halftime Show Performer
The New Hollywood Squares 1987 TV Series Guest Appearance / Himself - Guest
The 14th Annual American Music Awards 1987 TV Special Himself
Ebony/Jet Showcase 1986 TV Series Himself
Disneyland's Summer Vacation Party 1986 TV Special Himself
American Bandstand's 33 1/3 Celebration 1985 TV Special Himself
Good Time Rock 'n' Roll 1985 TV Movie documentary Himself
Fridays 1982 TV Series Himself - Musical Guest
The American Music Awards 1982 TV Special Himself
The 3th Annual People's Command Performance 1979 TV Movie Himself
Good Old Days Part II 1978 TV Special Himself
Sha Na Na 1977-1978 TV Series Himself
Donahue 1977 TV Series Himself
All You Need Is Love 1977 TV Series documentary Himself
American Bandstand's 25th Anniversary 1977 TV Special Himself
The Wolfman Jack Show 1976 TV Series Himself
Donny and Marie 1976 TV Series Himself
The Mike Douglas Show 1962-1976 TV Series Himself - Vocalist
In Concert 1973 TV Series Himself
Let the Good Times Roll 1973 Documentary Himself
The Midnight Special 1973 TV Series Himself - Host
The ABC Comedy Hour 1972 TV Series Himself
The Andy Williams Show 1970 TV Series Himself
Discs a Go-Go 1965 TV Series Himself
Thank Your Lucky Stars 1961-1965 TV Series Himself
The Eamonn Andrews Show 1965 TV Series Himself
Top of the Pops 1965 TV Series Himself
Hollywood a Go Go 1965 TV Series Himself - Singer
Shindig! 1964 TV Series Himself - Singer
That Regis Philbin Show 1964 TV Series Himself
The Comedy Man 1964 Himself
Die ganze Welt ist himmelblau 1964 Himself
New American Bandstand 1965 1959-1963 TV Series Himself / Himself - Musical Guest
The Ed Sullivan Show 1961-1963 TV Series Singer
Bandstand 1963 TV Series Himself
Don't Knock the Twist 1962 Himself
What's My Line? 1962 TV Series Himself - Mystery Guest
Ring-a-Ding Rhythm! 1962 Himself
Here and Now 1961 TV Series documentary Himself
The Dick Clark Show 1959-1960 TV Series Himself

Archive Footage

Archive Footage

TitleYearStatusCharacter
The O'Reilly Factor 2013 TV Series Himself (segment "Watters' World")
Alexandra - Stimme der Sehnsucht: Der rätselhafte Tod eines Stars 2012 TV Movie documentary Himself (uncredited)
American Bandstand's 50th Anniversary Celebration 2002 TV Movie Himself
100 Greatest Dance Songs of Rock & Roll 2000 TV Mini-Series documentary Himself
American Bandstand's Teen Idol 1994 TV Special Himself

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#Quote
1 [To Bill Takacs (an IMDb biography writer), who in 1979 met him on a flight to New York from Johannesburg, South Africa (he had been performing in nearby Swaziland) and who addressed him as Mr. Evans (his real name)] "Don't call me Mr. Evans; only my minister can call me that."

#Trademark
1 Popularized the Twist; a dance craze that swept the world in the early 1960s.


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