The s might have been the beginning of rock 'n' roll but it was pioneers such as Chubby Checker who transformed the music and dance in the s. While other icons such as Fats Domino and Chuck Berry passed away this year, Checker keeps the music alive while still touring. Ballard wrote and recorded the song in but released it as what was then known as the B-side that didn't receive much radio play. In , Checker debuted his own version on Dick Clark 's television show.
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While in high school, he would entertain his classmates by performing vocal impressions of popular entertainers of the day, such as Jerry Lee Lewis, Elvis Presley and Fats Domino. A boss at one of his many jobs is the one who started calling him by the nickname "Chubby" with a separate acquaintance coming up with the last name "Checker". Checker's first single to be released with titled "The Class". Coming out in , it reached 38 on the charts. Checker's "Twist", however, was a nationwide smash, aided by his many appearances on Dick Clark's American Bandstand, the Top 10 American Bandstand ranking of the song, and the teenagers on the show who enjoyed dancing the Twist. The song was so ubiquitous that Checker felt that his critics thought that he could only succeed with dance records typecasting him as a dance artist.
However, his best known song is the hit " Let's Twist Again ", released in the same year; he also popularized in the song " Limbo Rock ", originally a previous year instrumental hit by The Champs to whom he added lyrics, and its trademark Limbo dance, as well as others dance styles such as The Fly. In September , "The Twist" topped Billboard ' s list of the most popular singles to have appeared in the Hot since its debut in , an honor it maintained for an August update of the list. He entertained his classmates by performing vocal impressions of popular entertainers of the day, such as Jerry Lee Lewis , Elvis Presley and Fats Domino. It was his boss at the Produce Market, "Tony A. The owner of Fresh Farm Poultry, Henry Colt, was so impressed by the boy's performances for the customers that he, along with his colleague and friend Kal Mann, who worked as a songwriter for Cameo-Parkway Records ,  arranged for young Chubby to do a private recording for American Bandstand host Dick Clark.
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