Happy Birthday to Chubby Checker, who turns 72-years-old today (October 3rd)!!! Checker, who was born Ernest Evans, received his nickname in the late '50s because at the time he resembled a young Fats Domino. Checker is best remembered for his string of early '60s dance hits, including "The Twist" which topped the charts 1960 and 1961. Checker went on to score 21 more Top 40 singles, including "Let's Twist Again," "The Hucklebuck," "Limbo Rock," "Pony Time," and "The Fly."
Checker says that he feels "The Twist" not only summed up its times, but kick-started the 1960s' musical revolution: "The biggest thing in the '60s is Chubby Checker. The biggest song of the '60s is 'The Twist,' of the whole decade. There was Ray Charles and Elvis Presley and the Beatles, and the British Invasion, and Motown -- all that was there -- but the single most important song of the '60s was 'The Twist.'"
Checker says that after nearly 55 years in the business, he's most proud of influencing how people dance with one another: "The biggest event in the music industry, and it still is the biggest event in the music industry, is the way we dance to the beat. And before Chubby Checker, it wasn't here!"
In addition to performing, Checker has devoted the last decade or so to his snack company, Chubby Checker Snacks, which includes everything from cookies to chocolate covered popcorn to beef jerky, and other treats.
Chubby Checker & The Wildcats will next perform on October 19th in Sloan, Iowa at the WinnaVegas Casino.
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