Ernest Evans, 3 October 1941, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA. Checkers musical career began in 1959 while working at a local chicken market. His employer introduced the teenager to songwriter Kal Mann, who penned the singers debut single, The Class. He was given his new name by the wife of the legendary disc jockey Dick Clark as a derivation of Fats Domino. Chubby Checker became one of several artists to enjoy the patronage of Clarks influential American Bandstand television show and the successful Cameo-Parkway label. He achieved national fame in 1960 with The Twist, a compulsive dance-based performance which outgrew its novelty value to become an institution. The song, initially recorded in 1958 by Hank Ballard And The Midnighters, was stripped of its earthy, R&B connotation as Checker emphasized its carefree quality. The Twist topped the US chart on two separate occasions (1960 and 1961), and twice...
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