Cubby Checker

Singer

CHUBBY CHECKER - Let's twist again (1961)
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Chubby

  • American singer Chubby Checker was born as Ernest Evans on October 3, 1941 , in Spring Gulley, South Carolina.
  • Checker performed on the Philadelphia streets before signing with Cameo-Parkway Records in 1959 and recording his version of Hank Ballard's "The Twist."
  • An appearance on "American Bandstand" made the song a No. 1 hit and dance sensation. Checker still performs today and was featured in a popular ad for Nabisco's Oreo cookies.
  • His first two singles, "The Class" and "Dancing Dinosaur" were minor hits.
  • He continued to capitalize on the twist theme with similarly titled songs, such as "Twistin' U.S.A." and "Twist it Up" in the early 1960s, and even "Let's Twist Again" in 1999. He also starred in two films featuring the twist sensation, Twist Around the Clock (1961) and Don't Knock the Twist (1962).